By Gina Napoli

What makes goat milk soap so different from other soap?

Goat milk soap is different from other soaps because goat milk is different from other milk. Goat milk is the only milk that contains capric-capryllic triglyceride, which helps in moisturizing the skin and contributes to the softness of goat milk soap. Goat milk itself contains over 50 nutrients, minerals, acids, and enzymes that serve to nourish and revitalize dehydrated skin.

People have been using goat milk for centuries to improve skin and enhance beauty. The ancient Egyptians considered a milk bath the ultimate in luxurious living, and Cleopatra bathed regularly in pure milk. Modern science has discovered that goat milk soap has a pH level similar to that of human skin.

Regular use of goat’s milk soap will maintain a moisture balance that results in smoother, softer skin. Skin will be less prone to liver spots, lines, and wrinkles. The alpha-hydroxy acids found naturally in goat milk have rejuvenating effects on the skins' cells: neutralizing free radicals, reconstructing collagen fibers, and enhancing moisture retention. Though goat milk soap isn’t a cure for skin ailments, many sufferers of skin maladies like psoriasis, acne, and eczema have reported relief from their symptoms as a result of regular use. Goat's milk is easily absorbed into the skin, bringing with it moisture and restorative proteins, vitamins and minerals.

“Soap” that you buy at the store isn’t really soap. They’re called “beauty bars” or something similar. If you look closely on the label, you may see that there’s actually no soap contained in the “soap” you buy in the store. That’s because commercial “soap” manufacturers strip their products of the natural glycerin to be sold separately for added profit. In their place are synthetic, chemical detergents. Most detergents are harsh on the skin, which is why there is a prevalence of dry, itchy, sensitive skin among those who use beauty bars.

The quality of the goat milk is important to the quality of the overall finished product. Though any goat milk will yield good results for the turnout of the soap, the best goat milk to use is filtered, but not pasteurized. The pasteurization process kills some of the enzymes and amino acids, important things that give the milk many of its moisturizing properties. Pasteurization doesn’t strip the goat milk of everything good, so if the only goat milk you can find is pasteurized, you can still make a very decent batch of soap that will last a long time.