So, Just How Did We Get Into Soap Making?
Dwight had always loved the idea of having goats, and our story really begins when he first started buying goat’s milk for the kids to drink after they were weaned. When the price per gallon began to increase (and we kept having children), Dwight decided to buy a few milk goats. In February of 2007, we welcomed our first goats to the farm: Molly, Velvet, and their 3 kids.
Our Son’s Eczema Raised Some Serious Questions
We had noticed for some time that one of our boys, Chance, had a few itchy spots that would appear on his legs. Soon discovering that it was eczema, we began to work on digestive issues, which are often the core of many eczema problems. But we noticed that whenever he would play outside for awhile, his skin would dry out and begin to itch. Chance was so brave and hardly ever complained and instead had a little "dance" he'd do which was our clue that he was itching.
Baths were a help, but we realized that his skin would dry out from them. After exploring different options to help relieve Chance of his itchy skin, Dwight learned that putting oatmeal in a bath could be helpful. So, we tried that. And, it did help! The conditioning properties of the oatmeal were great. The mess, on the other hand, was a bummer. And, the help to Chance’s skin was only temporary. His eczema came back right away. It was bad enough at times that he would scratch until he bled.
What We Learned About Regular Soap
As our research continued, we started thinking about other factors that could be contributing to Chance's skin issues. The whole idea that what you put on your skin can get directly into your bloodstream was a new bit of information to us and we were amazed to learn that what you put in your body gets filtered out by the liver and kidneys. But what you put on your skin does not get filtered out the same way.
This is when it hit us: we've always known that the skin is the body's largest organ, and what you put on your skin is important, but we’d never given much thought about the ingredients that were in the products we were using on our skin. This is when we discovered that not all soaps are created equal and that the products we were applying to Chances skin, such as the soaps and lotions, were contributing to his dry skin. For this reason alone, we believe it's important to know what your skin is absorbing.
"Have you ever taken a second to read the back of a box of soap or body wash? The ingredients are scary, if comprehensible..."
Have you ever taken a second to read the back of a box of soap or body wash? The ingredients are scary, if comprehensible:
- GMO oils
- Artificial preservatives
- Synthetic fragrances
And that's what they put on the label... What about what they left out?
Our Goat Milk Soap Was Born
Our journey to help our sons skin continued, and while looking for a more viable (and less messy) solution to easing Chance’s eczema outside of adding handfuls of oatmeal to his baths, Dwight learned that while goat’s milk was a superior beverage to consume, when absorbed by the skin, it offered an array of benefits:
- Goat’s milk is full of vitamins, proteins, and minerals
- Is easily absorbed by the body
- And has a pH that is relatively close to that of the human body
This is what sparked our interest in goat milk soap! Taking fresh goat’s milk from our goats and adding in a few more ingredients (like the combination of oils we use), Dwight made our first two batches of goat milk soap — one unscented version and the other a mix of oatmeal and honey. We gave them a test run in the shower and instantly fell in love with them! After plenty of “product research”, there were a few things that we noticed from using the bars of goat milk soap: it lathered really well and left our skin feeling soft and smooth.
As time went on, we began to notice a few other significant benefits from using the goat milk soap products: Marilee’s dry ankles, heels, and elbows were no longer dry, and when Dwight began shaving with the soap and using it in place of shampoo, he found that his skin started looking and feeling softer and more youthful in appearance. Out with the body wash, shaving gels, and shampoo and in with the goat milk soap!
For Chance and his eczema, we made our very first “milk bath” by throwing in a couple bars of our Oatmeal & Honey Goat Milk Soap into the bath and letting him play and soak for about 15-20 minutes. If you have eczema, it’s often recommend that you avoid frequent baths as the water dries out the skin but, after "testing the water" with our milk baths, we soon noticed that the more he soaked, the better his skin was. So, every day — sometimes twice a day if he said he was still itching — Chance took a milk bath. His eczema was practically GONE after one week of soaking in a tub filled with a few bars of our Oatmeal & Honey Goat Milk Soap.
Today, we’re proud to offer our customers our Oatmeal & Honey Milk Bath as a more cost-effective method to tossing whole bars of goat milk soap into the bath — adding a handful or two of the Oatmeal & Honey Milk Bath to a bath works great.
The Word Spread
After having such great luck with the bars of goat milk soap in our own family, we began passing out samples to our friends, family, and acquaintances. Then we started getting inquiries from people asking for more of the soap we’d shared with them...
"I LOVE that soap you gave me."
"Do you have any more of that soap you gave me??"
Everyone wanted more! There were a number of friends and family members who either had eczema or psoriasis that gave our goat milk soap a try and shared how they loved the way their skin looked and felt after using our soap. So, we kept making our goat milk soap.
It’s been quite a journey since adopting our first milk goats back in 2007, and we’re very excited to share our goat milk soap and other natural skincare products with all of you today. We want you to love your skin... One bar at a time!
Disclaimer: We here at Bend Soap Company do not intend to diagnose any skin conditions or offer that our soaps or other natural skincare products will "cure" any skin conditions. The causes of eczema, psoriasis, and other skin issues, are not completely known. As far as we know, our soaps have only been known to help ease the symptoms and irritations of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis and, in many cases, make these symptoms lessen or disappear. Per our own experience, and per the experiences of others who have used our soap (and their testimonies and reviews), we recommend trying it and seeing for yourself.