We take great care in all aspects of soap-making. The ingredients and the pH balance being foremost. The milk part of our soap is all made with goat milk, hand-milked and fresh from our farm. The packaging is minimal and as eco-friendly as we can get.
Our soap is made using the old-fashioned cold process method. This means I mix lye (an alkili) with goat milk and oil (an acid), maybe add some scent and color, pour it into a mold, let it harden for a day or two, cut it, and let it cure for 4 to 6 weeks. All soap, and I do mean, ALL SOAP, is made with lye. Once lye is mixed with oil, a chemical reaction occurs, called saponification, and it is no longer lye and no longer oil. It's now a salt known as soap! However, it is strong and needs to cure for a few weeks. Once the pH level is appropriate for skin, it is ready to use!
We prefer to use essential oils for scent and natural plant dyes for color. However, some scents and colors are unobtainable with plants. So yes, there may be some products that use lab scents and colors. We buy from reputable companies that provide cosmetic quality scents and colors. Please check each product for ingredients that you know may be irritating to your skin or that you may be allergic to. We list the complete ingredients for every soap online and in packaging so you can be safe!
It's also a goal at Udder Nature to use sustainable sources for ingredients. This is a continuous learning and researching process for us. If there is an ingredient that concerns you, please ask us about it, we may not be aware of it or we may have found a credible sustainable source that we can share with you.
We will gladly accept custom orders! If there's a particular scent, color or even oil that you would like to use OR avoid, please contact me. We would be happy to work with you on this. Please note that it does take time to make and cure each batch of soap and we will not ship until the correct pH level is reached.
And why handmade soap at all? Have you read the label on your store bought soap lately? Now, read this: Saponified oils, goat milk, herbs, natural plant colorants, essential oils for scent. And no chemists to translate that for you! Homemade soaps also contain glycerin. Glycerin is a natural by-product of soapmaking. It is a humectant. This means it attracts moisture to your skin. Commercial manufacturers remove the glycerin for use in the more profitable products like cosmetics, beauty bars and lotions. Handmade soap retains all that wonderful glycerin!
But why goat's milk? All milk contains natural emollients, vitamins and triglycerides that moisturize the skin. Goat's milk contains a short-strand protein structure, making it more absorbable for your skin. This may also be one of the reasons many people with milk allergies can consume goat's milk without any complications.
And perhaps you've heard of that famed diva, Cleopatra? She bathed in goat's milk! That was her beauty secret! Who'd have thought that the fountain of youth was contained in an udder? And not just any udder-a goat's udder!