Learn how to make wonderful milk-based soaps using one of three different recipes. Registration is required at www.theartofcheese.com. Our first recipe, Handcrafted Milk Soap, uses a combination of olive oil, coconut oil and palm oil to create a wonderfully moisturizing and sudsy soap. The second recipe, Old-Fashioned Milk Soap, uses lard as the main oil, along with coconut oil for a good lather. The final recipe is a simple glycerin melt-and-pour method that is easy and safe enough to do with kids! You will go home with several soap samples and a recipe packet.
Taking a dip in dairy is hardly new; no less than Cleopatra was said to have bathed in asses’ milk. Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which have been scientifically proven to improve the look and feel of human skin. Whether it’s derived from cow, sheep, or goat (speaking from a strictly practical–and not too gross–perspective), all milk contains lactic acid. Yet the caprine variety appears to reign superior when it comes to skin soothing.
Don’t believe us? Stop by our creamery to check out our cheesemaker Jackie Chang’s arms, which spend their days immersed in creamy goat’s milk. Her skin is freakishly soft and youthful-looking.
Over the last few years, goat milk-infused beauty products have reached, er, saturation point, but we’re not complaining. We love our goat milk soap (handcrafted by Haystack founder Jim Schott’s wife, Carol), which are so delicious-smelling and pure, we’re tempted to snack on them (at least, the Rosemary-Lemon-Mint, and Coffee varieties).
Goat milk, due to its chemical composition, is especially gentle and nourishing for those with sensitive or otherwise reactive skin (aka everyone in Colorado). Here are some of our other favorite, goaty beautifying products…although we can’t guarantee how good they’ll taste.
Goat Milk Stuff: These no-frills farmstead products–liquid and bar soaps, lotion, lip balm, and laundry soap–are produced on a family farm and free of unecessary additives and stuff you can’t pronounce.
Second Bloom Farm: Perhaps the most luscious array of goat milk products ever, made on a New Mexican goat dairy. We discovered these over a decade ago at the Santa Fe farmers market, and still long for their discontinued liquid laundry soap (the smell was downright intoxicating). Soaps, balms, and lotions in scents from Almond and Spanish anise to Lemon Verbena and Coconut Dream.
Kate Somerville: While the price isn’t as nice, this is an amazing product line. Try the rich Goat Milk Cream for irritated facial skin, or the absorbent Goat Milk Body Lotion.
Most local drugstores carry goat milk beauty products (Canus is a pretty ubiquitous brand), but we find farmers markets, specialty food stores, co-ops, and skincare shops all great places to find locally-made products. Wishing you soft skin this winter!