Our process follows a traditional and ancient soapmaking method. But first, we need to get the milk. The milk comes directly from the milk of our dairy goat herd. They include three wonderful Anglo-Nubian does, Matilda, Molly and Milly, and they are truly the stars of the show!
They get milked daily by hand, and yes, there are muscles I didn't know existed until I started milking goats!
The milk is creamy and full of natural minerals, fatty acids and other nutrients. The raw milk is then combined with the oils and butters, using the traditional and ancient cold processing method.
The soaps are then left to cure for a minimum of four weeks. The result is a hard soap bar, full of natural properties, producing a creamy and bubbly lather and nourishing the skin. Our soaps are then carefully wrapped in packaging made from recycled materials and sent to their new homes. We aim to take as much care in our packaging as we do in the product inside.
But why goats milk soap? What are the benefits? Here comes the science bit!
A few biologically obscure names, but stay with me! Goats Milk soap has been growing in popularity because of its potential skin benefits.
Goats Milk itself is rich in vitamin A which has been shown to have anti-ageing properties. It Is also rich in fatty acids and cholesterol, which make up a large part of the skin membrane. When a soap lacks these minerals, our skin can be left dry or irritated. When we include these in a soap its the opposite!
Finally, goats milk contains lactic acid, an AHA, known to promote collagen, blood flow, exfoliate the skin and improve the appearance of surface lines. Lactic acid is also a gentle cleanser and will help remove the top layer of dead skin cells.
So basically, goats milk soap is a gentle cleanser that supports a healthy membrane, is a natural exfoliant, helps improve dry skin, may help improve irritated or inflamed skin, and could potentially have anti-ageing properties.
Country Life. Fresh Farm Eggs. Growing vegetables. Picking juicy apples. Caring for our four-legged friends. Milking goats. These were just some of what we imagined living 'The Good Life' would be like, and we really wanted it. So, like many before us, and I am sure many more in the future, we choose to leave the city for a more self-sufficient way of life.
The result? Our country adventure began with six chickens, and the Heritage Farm was born. We are proud to say that our animal family has now grown to include Dorset sheep, Nubian goats, Buff Orpington hens, Silver Dorking hens, German Vorwerk hens and white runner ducks. Every single member of our animal family is important to us, and we make every effort to care for them using natural means where it is possible.
Like many smallholdings and farms across the country, it has become necessary to make the best use of limited farm assets and create new or alternative forms of revenue to ensure the farm continues to thrive; we have been no different.
We chose to use the skills we had already developed in natural care for the animals and began creating natural soap using the goats milk that had been trickling in. OK, it was pouring in the buckets, and there is only so many milkshakes and lattes you can drink in a day!
Goat's milk has already been growing in popularity for its rich nutrients for human consumption. However, when combined with natural oils and butter, it can create a soap bar that provides even more nourishing benefits for our skin. Our ethos has always been to include only natural and sustainable ingredients. It isn't in our soap if it isn't from the ground! It is all-natural from the butter and oils to the botanicals and flowers. We will never use artificial fragrances or synthetic colours, and no SLS or parabens. Our soaps are CPSR compliant and fully compliant with UK and EU regulations.