Thursday, October 20, 2011

Goat Milk Stuff Soaps Review


 
Whoopie!! I finally got to review some soap from Goat Milk Stuff! You just don't know how excited I have been. I entered every contest forever it seemed like and could never win, so I decided I would just bite the bullet one day and send them an email asking if I could review them and they said YES!! I was able to get 2 full size, 2 half size and then some smaller sizes and here is what I picked (now don't you say, I told you she would!):

1. Lavender (full size)
2. Patchouli (full size)
3. Clean Cotton (half size)
4. Sandalwood (half size)
5. Ocean (sample size)
6. Tea Tree (sample size)
7. Luv Spell (sample size)

Wow, wasn't that alot of soap to try! I took my time on this one because I wanted to soak up the fragrance and smells of each one for a little while before I moved on to the next one. Plus, the ones I picked for my husband, Ocean, Tea Tree and Clean Cotton, took him some prodding and poking to get him to try. He is one of those kind of people who gets into a rut with a product and does not want to try anything different. He figures if it isn't broke, why bother with it? Sometimes that is true, but really, not on Goat's Milk Soap, you gotta be kidding me???

He finally did try Ocean and was actually surprised that it was really a good smell, not a womanly scent, just a nice clean fresh smell. So, he was really into that one when I had to get him to switch gears to the Clean Cotton. Now, this one he said was okay, but he said if he wanted to smell like his clothes had just gotten washed, he could just put on clothes that had just gotten washed!! Can you believe he actually said that??!!

Sorta makes sense if you are a man, I guess. I liked it so it is now sitting in the dish soap at the kitchen sink because it isn't too perfumery and anyone can wash their hands with it and not smell like they doused themselves in perfume. Lastly, I got him to try the Tea Tree and I was actually afraid he was gonna hate this one but he actually took to it pretty well. According to Goat Milk Stuff's site, it is an antibacterial and anti-fungal soap and maybe that is why he liked it. It was a more generic smell that was neither man or woman but in between.

And because of the essential oils in Tea Tree it helped him clear up some bad spots on his back, so he was happy. But, really, his favorite was Ocean, I think because it reminds him of his dad and how he smells. He won't admit that but that is what I think!

Now, for me, I know you think I tried the Lavender first but I fooled you and tried the Sandalwood first! And I know what else you are thinking, hey, that is usually what a man would try not a woman. But, my husband is different, remember? I love sandalwood candles and that is why I wanted to try it. It gives off a hint of pure earthiness and just good ole outdoors cleanliness. When I know I am not going anywhere, this is the soap I would prefer to wash with because I can smell nice but not perfumery but still have a mystery scent about me. Most people are not able to figure out what it is I have on or what I washed with and I like that!

Also, it is loaded in olive oils, coconut oils, soybean oils and natural fats so it is good for my skin. I have extremely dry skin from a low thyroid and because I just can't make myself drink all that water! I know its good for me but actually if I drink too much, I will get sick at my stomach and it comes right back up so what is the point??

Then I tried the Lavender soap! See, if you had Fibromyalgia like me, you would understand why I gravitate towards Lavender alot. It is so calming and smells so good and I just can't describe it in good enough words what it does for me! Get in that shower and lather up with all that Lavender and it just seems to make the day a little easier to take. Plus, it's got all those oils in it, too, so I am helping my dry skin also. There will always be something about Lavender that draws me in. It is the pureness of it, I guess. It is a fragrance that is made of the earth and flowers and I kinda like that idea. It may not work for everyone but for me, it makes the day a little easier to take, a little easier to relax and a little less stressful.

Then I switched over to the Patchouli. This is a complete opposite of Lavender. Where Lavender is light and faint, Patchouli lets you know it is there! But, because I also have always liked and used Patchouli candles, I was accustomed to Patchouli, where someone else might need to take it in small doses. I have used other brands of Patchouli in my hand soaps so it was not foreign to me. I had never used it to take a shower with so that was a little different but I really liked it. This would also be a good choice for a man if he likes bold earthy after shaves or colognes.

Mike prefers for his scents to be light, clean and crisp. So, I knew there was no point in getting him to try this one. I loved it in a different way than I love Lavender. Patchouli is like my "Go to War" kinda soap! If I am feeling pretty darn good and ready to take someone on, this would be the one I would want to use because it says, "Don't mess with me"!

Lastly, I have to say, I chickened out on the Luv Spell. It was a little too citrusy, too floral for me. It is a fragrance I think a young girl or young woman would appreciate so I gave it to my granddaughter to try. I knew she had this candle she got somewhere and it was called Luv Spell, not by Goat's Milk Stuff, but from an off brand name candle maker.

She was crazy about it, just like I thought she would be! But isn't that the beauty of everything? We are not suppose to all like the same thing, the same smell, the same food. Then we would just be all clones and have no personalities! So, I was glad that I had picked soaps that I thought I could at least satisfy each of us but in different ways.

These are the benefits of using goat milk soap and I got this from their website so I am quoting directly from them:

Many people are still washing their skin with soap made with water. Switching to soap made with goat milk can truly benefit your skin’s health. Goat milk soap is wonderful for people with dry or sensitive skin, or conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is also perfect for healthy skin that wants to stay that way. Unprocessed goat milk fresh from the farm contains many benefits.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. This leaves new cells on the surface of your skin that are smoother and younger looking. The alpha-hydroxy acids are so effective because they break down the bonds that hold the dead skin cells together. Removing dead skin cells will help many skin conditions by removing irritation. Water-based soaps may use harsh chemical acids to accomplish this, frequently with skin-damaging results.

Vitamins. Goat milk contains many vitamins, but is particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin. There have been several medical studies showing that creams made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne, and provide some psoriasis relief. Water-based soaps can be artificially fortified with vitamins, but most aren’t.

Cream. Fat molecules are an important part of making good soap. The cream that is present in goat milk helps boost the moisturizing quality of goat milk soaps. Since many people suffer from dry skin, particularly in the winter months, this is an important quality for soap. Goat milk soap will not dry your skin out like many other soaps. This is important because keeping skin naturally moisturized helps keep skin healthy.

Minerals. Goat milk contains important minerals for the skin such as selenium. Selenium is believed by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer. Selenium can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun. Although the water used in other soaps may contain minerals such as calcium, sodium, or iron (commonly found in tap water), that’s not much help when it comes to your skin. (Note: Many areas in the United States have pastures low in selenium. At Goat Milk Stuff, our dairy goats get a selenium booster, to insure their mineral needs are met.)

Now for a little history of how this all came to be (my quirkiness at work) but I still quote from their site so you get the full effect. Also there are video's you can watch of each child on this link:

We seek to honor Jesus in all that we do and that plays a big role in our family and our business. Our children are taught "everything is a God issue" — including making and selling soap. We believe these values come through in the goodness of our products and we hope you will agree.

We live in rural Indiana on a 3 acre homestead where we homeschool our eight children. Our small herd of Alpine dairy goats roams the pasture in the back. At various times in the past we've also had a dairy cow, sheep, turkeys, chickens, bees, rabbits, and pigs. But, we’ve found these animals, while beautiful in God’s eyes, don’t necessarily make great soap so we’ve chosen to simplify and go with the goats. Brett is our oldest and has lots of responsibilities with the family and the business.

Colter, our oldest son is our company’s CFM (Chief Family Milker). He does a great job and all the goats love him – we haven’t heard a single complaint yet! Fletcher is our sensitive and loving child. He's a hard worker.

PJ's adventures into soapmaking originated five years ago out of her desire to not use chemicals on the children’s skin. Since she enjoyed making soap and was so impressed with its quality, she turned it into a family business. In 2008, Goat Milk Stuff was born, and PJ has since drafted the entire family into her adventures. From the initial milking of the goats to the final bagging of the soap, all our goat milk soaps are handmade by the members of our family.

The smell of sweet success is probably the best part of our business. The hard work of our family lingers in the wonderful scents that grace our home (and when you have so many boys, a little help in the scent department is a huge benefit!) I tell people, drop by anytime. I can’t guarantee the house will be clean but I promise it will smell good!

Reach out and get your own supply of goat's milk. You can find them here:

Mailing Address:
6303 Opossum Trot Road
Charlestown, IN 47111
Phone: 812-256-2209
Email: soap@goatmilkstuff.com

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. The photo's used in this review were provided by me and my sometimes cranky camera but it was all me with no copied pictures.

13 comments:

The Paper Princess said...

Great review Mary. Your husband's comment had me ROFL! But someone like my mom would probably love the smell of "clean"!

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maiylah said...

i haven't tried goat milk soap yet...sounds interesting!

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Brooke said...

This soap looks fantastic!

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Tina Peterson said...

Hi - I have Fibro too and to be honest I've never cared for Lavendar. It's too floral scented to me. I tend to really like citrus, green tea or fruity smells. =D Does the Lavendar help you relax? I'm sure that's why you like it so much. I'm going to have to try that Tea Tree scented one. I had a goats milk soap gal here who gave me a sample of the Green Tea and that was great on my skin (I'm very sensitive to floral scents).

Thanks for such a great review. =D
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Annie1 said...

What a fun review! I've certainly learned alot about these soaps and their scents!

I have fybromyalgia, exzema and psoriasis, so these are right up my alley!

thanks

Naked Mommy said...

Great review! Your husbands comments were helpful too. : ) I'll try this out - lactic acid is great for softening your skin and brightening your complexion!

Following back from the blog hop

Karen
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amyorvin said...

I bet that soap smells good.

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desitheblonde said...

i got the goat milk bar form show hee in mo and dthen it great way to feel the soft skind

Dorothy Teel said...

Very interesting information and I like you love Lavendar, but I trhink I sould try something new so I don't burn out on Lavender. Great review and very fair...