Tuesday Spotlight: Milk and Honey
Milk and Honey is one of our most popular soaps. It is so popular in fact, that I have created an entire collection of Milk and Honey products. The very connotation of milk and honey is creamy, sweet, and luxurious. As with all my soaps, milk and honey was used for healthful benefits...the fact that it smells amazing is a bonus!
I don't believe I have properly discussed what makes goat's milk soaps and lotions so amazing. First and foremost, fresh, raw goat's milk is the first ingredient in both my soaps and lotions. (Useful fact, the FDA requires companies to list product ingredients by quantity used going from greatest to least.) Now you are educated and can judge a products quality, at least partially, by it's ingredient list. Goat's milk contains high levels of alpha hyodroxy acids which help remove dead skin cells. It is also high in fat content which make it moisturizing to the skin. Also, goat's milk is high in vitamins A and B2 which offers benefits to the skin. Some also believe that goat's milk helps to balance the PH of skin lessening irritation.
Honey, considered the nectar of the gods, has many healthful benefits. I only use local, raw honey in my soaps and lotions. Many honeys that are found on the shelves of grocery stores have been pasteurized. Pasteurization uses high temperatures to kill unwanted yeast and prolong shelf life. Unfortunately, it also kills many of the good properties found in raw honey. Raw honey is high in antioxidants which help fight the aging process. Raw honey is also antimicrobial and antifungal. It naturally contains hydrogen peroxide which is an antiseptic. Honey has also been found to boost tissue regeneration and fight infection. Honey has been used in folk medicine for centuries. I tend to believe that we need to look to the past to benefit in the future, even with skin care.
Please understand, I make no medical claims. I make soap; good, high quality soap. My soaps do not strip the skin of it's natural protection or use harsh chemicals or detergents to to create suds which give the illusion of superior cleansing properties. They also won't work miracles. Many find relief from troubled skin from using my soaps but that has more to do with the natural ingredients than a miracle cure. However, the natural ingredients are a powerhouse of goodness and that dear reader makes all the difference.
My original Milk and Honey soap was created in my kitchen using ingredients I had on hand for cooking. One of the simplistic standards I follow is; if I will feed it to my family for health purposes, I will consider using it in my soap. Milk and honey was a natural choice. I took it a a step further and added colloidal oatmeal to create a gently exfoliating bar. Colloidal oatmeal doesn't clump but melts away into a moisturizing, PH balancing, itch fighting protectant for the skin. Last but not least, I created a shaving bar with milk and honey for my honey. Eric shaves his head daily and swears that he gets a closer shave, is more moisturized, and his razors last longer using the shave bars. I like knowing he is using something natural with no harsh chemicals on his head on a daily basis.
Our skin is our largest organ. We would do well to remember that whatever we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies. It is my goal to always provide natural, naturally based, healthful options for those who choose them. My philosophy is, there is enough mass produced, chemical laden, products flooding the market. I will not add to the glut of cheap commercialism to turn a buck. The health and well being of my audience will always take precedence.
As always dear reader, stay safe, stay smart, stay calm, and wash those hands. If you use my goat's milk soap, even better!