We set out to create a goat milk soap that is both practical and luxurious. We wanted a cleansing bar you could take into the shower, one that could be used for shaving, one that could sit by the kitchen sink, and a bar that would leave skin feeling soft and pampered. What we came up with is a long lasting goat milk soap with great lather and loads of moisture. The recipe we use today is the result of countless hours we spent in our test kitchen experimenting with milk from our own goats, using different types of vegetable oils, and tweaking our ratios until we were satisfied that we had created just the right formula for our customers. We start with fresh, real goat milk and the very best, natural ingredients to create our goat milk soap. Of course goat milk is packed with vitamins and minerals that are great for sensitive skin and because goat milk has a similar PH as our skin, all the good stuff in it is easy to absorb. But using real goat milk is not the only reason why our soap feels so good to sensitive skin. The special combination of five natural plant oils we use in our recipe makes our soap unique among other goat milk soaps on the market. Here is a list of the oils we use and the qualities that make each one of them work so well in our soap:
OLIVE OIL: We use olive oil because it creates a long lasting, mild soap with creamy lather. No other soap making oil contributes the unique set of characteristics found in olive oil. It provides disinfectant, anti-wrinkle, and healing properties. Olive oil also retains moisture to the skin by forming a breathable layer without blocking the skin’s natural functions.
SOY BEAN OIL: We use domestically produced soy bean oil because it is high in linoleic acid and contains proteins and vitamin C, A, E, and K which are beneficial to skin health. It is also good for conditioning the skin and creating lather.
PALM OIL: We use organic palm oil to harden our soap and for its valuable cleansing properties. Palm oil is produced from the fruit of the Palm and is obtained by solvent extraction. It makes a nice hard bar when used in combination with other oils such as coconut and olive oil. In keeping with our environmentally friendly values, Tottys Bend Farm uses organic sustainably harvested palm oil.
COCONUT OIL: We use coconut oil because it is a light and easily absorbed oil that creates an abundant rich creamy lather.
CASTOR OIL: We use castor oil because it attracts and holds moisture in the skin. Castor oil comes from the seeds of the castor plant which is native to India. Its medicinal properties have been used since ancient times.
Every batch of our goat milk soap is made right on our farm. Up until 2013, our soap making area was located in a small nook in our kitchen. The kitchen worked really well for us at first but we eventually outgrew that space. Luckily we were able to convert one of our bedrooms into a studio which is now where our soaps are made, cured and labeled. Our soaps are made by combining specific amounts of milk, oils and lye (sodium hydroxide) over a low heat to begin the saponification process. During saponification the oils, goat milk and lye interact to produce glycerin-rich all natural soap. When the soap batter has fully saponified and the lye has been cooked out, we pour it into individual molds where it is left to harden. Once the soap is firm we pop the bars out and set them on special drying racks to cure. When the bars are ready, we trim the edges of each one and put the labels on. All of our label designs are also produced in-house. Now what began in a small corner of our kitchen has grown into a full time business complete with our custom made goat milk soap studio and in-house marketing office where we design and create our distinctive, gift-ready packaging.