How Its Made
Our soap begins with our beautiful herd of goats who are milked each morning and evening by hand. When being milked our goats are fed an additional amount of non GMO alfalfa pellets. During the day they eat pellets, salt, minerals and yeast whenever they want. In the afternoon it is treat time. Depending on the time of year we feed them local vegetation or fresh greens from our garden.
Once they are milked we cool our milk quickly to 40 degrees Fahrenheit in a special cooler. This is the only way to get Grade A milk. Most families that milk cows and goats put their milk in cold jars directly into the refrigerator, making it Grade D or E milk. Our friends who try our milk are surprised at how sweet it tastes - not at all like they expect. Grade D milk will sour quickly and often tastes 'goaty'.
When we make the soap we use either fresh or frozen milk depending on our recipe and what color we want the batch to be. All hard soaps require Sodium Hydroxide (lye). Our great grandmothers made their own lye out of ashes. We just buy it. :-) The lye is diluted with Organic Aloe Vera Juice and taken to a specific temperature. This is a dangerous step in the process, requiring heavy gloves and goggles for safety.
Each soap has a different combination of oils or fats. The fats are all taken to a specific temperature and mixed with the lye/aloe vera mixture. As each of these two liquids blend, a chemical reaction known as soponification occurs. They must be blended until it becomes thick. At that time we add fragrance and minerals for color.
Now it is placed in the mold, which has been specially prepared and it sits for 2-3 days until it becomes hard enough to cut. Once cut, each piece is placed apart where it can get air, so it can cure. This takes 6-8 weeks.
The soap bars are then placed in a hand made box, suitable for gift giving. Now it is ready to be shipped to your door!