Looking for a natural way to smooth, hydrate and exfoliate skin? Here’s an idea: coddle it with milk! But go for for the goat’s milk. This favorable elixir is among the Who’s Who in beauty history. It has been reported that Cleopatra soaked in goat’s milk baths to soften her skin. Today, goat’s milk can be found in a vast selection of beauty products to perk up tight skin, in everything from facial creams, cleansers, soaps, body lotions, balms, and foot creams—to foaming bubble baths, baby care, hair repair and much more.
Considered a natural emollient that helps balance the skin’s pH, goat’s milk contains more nutrients, minerals, proteins and vitamins than cow’s milk. Rich, creamy goat’s milk absorbs beautifully into the skin, promoting healthy skin. It’s hard to believe, but goat’s milk also contains natural properties believed to act as a natural exfoliate to help remove dead skin cells, leaving skin extra soft. Goat’s milk is high in protein, lipids, vitamins A and C, calcium, and folic acid.
Handcrafted Goat’s Milk “We use goat milk in all of our soaps, lotions and creams because it is very nourishing for your skin and has been known to help people with sensitive skin and chronic skin conditions,” says Kristine Epling, owner and formulator of Udder Delight (udderdelight.com), a soap shop in Glenwood, New Mexico that creates handcrafted paraben-free goat milk soaps, lotions and creams. The products are formulated with natural herbs, essential oils, botanical oils and butters. “Because goat’s milk is so high in vitamins, minerals, proteins and lipids, your skin and hair may become healthier the more you use goat milk products,” adds Epling. “Lipids help nourish your skin and remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling soft and supple. Our skin is our largest organ,” Epling observes, “and we absorb approximately 60% of what we put onto our skin into our bloodstream. Doesn’t it make sense to use natural skin care products made with goat’s milk?” Find goat milk in these silky smooth options to try:
Camellia Goat Milk Soap
This luscious handmade goat milk bar blends with vitamin-rich camellia oil from Japan to help beautify and moisturize the skin. Cruelty-free. $4.50; www.countryscents.net
Goat Milk Dry Skin Solution Body Cream
Made with organic goat’s milk for head-to-toe hydration. This body cream is enriched with skin-loving aloe gel, calendula, chamomile and comfrey. The pure unrefined shea butter in the cream gives super-soft results. $29.95;www.daybreaklavenderfarm.com
Goat Milk Creamy Lotion
Created with velvety smooth goat’s milk and gentle moisturizing oils, this easy-glide lotion feels like silk. Creamy vanilla, coconut lemongrass, jasmine and lavender are only a few of the heavenly scents offered by Udder Delight. $8.99;1-877-833-3740 www.udderdelight.com.
Goat Milk Bath Soap
Hand-cut luscious bars are blended with rich, high butterfat goat milk. Full of therapeutic oils such as shea butter, coconut, palm, olive and rice bran oils. Pick from a wide assortment—cleansing, tea tree anti-bacterial, and specialty blends like amber-sandalwood, oatmeal milk, honey or peaches and cream. $4.99; 1-877-833-3740www.udderdelight.com
This suds-free laundry soap is made with 100% handcrafted goat milk soap. Ingredients include cucumber melon goat milk soap, borax, and washing soda. It takes only 1 to 2 tablespoons to do a load of clothing and you’ll get super results. No synthetic fragrances, preservatives, dyes or colorants. Scented or unscented. $12.00;www.lazyifarms.com