What makes Shakerock Farm Goat Milk Soap Special

We started making goat milk soap as a fun way to teach our children and make use of the land that God has given us. We were sure that our soap would be much better than the store-bought detergent bars that we used for years, but we never dreamed that they would be THAT much better. From day one we loved the superior lather and feel of the soap. But soon we realized that there were great benefits. Daddy noticed that his face wasn't dry after a shower. And then one day we noticed Thomas' lower back. Like most redheads, Thomas had skin problems - eczema on his lower back. But all of a sudden his eczema was gone! What happened? Well, we had used our goat milk soap to wash the children for about 3 weeks - and Thomas' eczema was completely gone. And now, two years later, it's still gone!


Now before we get in trouble with the FDA, let us explain a few things. First, goat milk soap is not a drug. It is simply an extremely mild soap that cleanses your skin without drying or irritating. You see, store bought "soap" is not really soap at all. Read the label - you will find that your soap is actually a "Deodorant Bar." It started out as soap (oils + lye + water = soap) but since the soap making process produces expensive glycerim, the manufacturer stripped out this valuable liquid and sold it. What was left was combined with fillers and synthetic detergent chemicals (cetyl alcohol, sodium laurel sulfate, etc.), ground into ribbons, perfumed, and pressed into a cake. The result is a cheap, skin drying, skin irritating, chemical cake.


We believe that most skin problems are simply the result of drying and irritation from using store bought "soap." So the first step to better skin is to simply stop using it! Step 2 is where our soap comes in. Goat milk soap is naturally mild, lower pH, full of natural moisturizing glycerin, and loaded with skin rejuvenating alpha-hydroxy acid, vitamins A, C, E, and some B-vitamins. Once you stop damaging your skin with synethetic detergents, start nourishing your skin with any of our premium goat milk soaps.


But what makes our soap special? It's our ingredients. Fresh goat milk from our farm, extra-virgin olive oil, and unrefined premium butters from around the world. Read about all of our ingredients below. There are cheaper ingredients, but we choose to use only the best - no soybean oil, no refined butters - only premium ingredients. We manufacture our soaps in small batches using the cold process method so that our soap's nourishing properties are protected. After air curing for weeks, the Green children then hand-wrap each bar in coordinating fabric. We're proud to say that we haven't found goat milk soap made with higher quality anywhere else. We think you will agree.


Our Ingredients

These are all of the ingredients in our premium goat milk soap. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Farm Fresh Goat Milk

    Our registered Toggenburg goats are hand milked twice each day - every day, providing a steady supply of natural, unhomogenized, unpasteurized, preservative free, hormone free, creamy, sweet goat milk. Our goats recieve a premium diet of grain and bermuda hay (usually grown on our farm).


  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    We use only Extra Virgin Olive Oil in our soaps. "Virgin" olive oil is produced by physical means with no chemicals. "Extra Virgin" is the highest grade, containing less that 0.8% acidity and represents less than 10% of the world's supply. Used for centuries as a nutritious food and luxury beauty product. We are told that Cleopatra bathed in milk and olive oil.

  • Palm Oil

    A luxury vegetable oil, very mild to the skin and high in Vitamin E. Makes a hard, long-lasting bar.

  • Coconut Oil

    Gives our soap superior lather and extra moisturizers.

  • Butters

    Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Aloe Butter, Cocoa Butter, Olive Butter - all premium moisturizers, each with slightly different qualities. See our butter FAQ.

  • Castor Oil

    Attracts and locks-in moisture. Improves lather.

  • Lye

    All soap is made with lye (sodium or potassium hydroxide). Lye reacts with oils to form soap in a chemical reaction known as saponification. Once this process is complete, there is no more lye - only natural soap loaded with glycerin, a natural skin emolient. Years ago, lye was made by collecting hardwood ashes from the fireplace and placing them in an open-top bin. Rainwater filtering through the ashes produced lye. Lye is actually a very common compound found in all sorts of things - from city drinking water to toothpaste. Here's some interesting trivia: What do you get when you combine lye (NaOH) with Hydrochloric Acid (HCl)? Answer: Salt water.

  • Vitamin E Oil

    This natural preservative also plays a protective role in cellular aging.

  • Superfatting Oil

    At the end of our soap making process, we add Jojoba Oil - the wonderful golden oil that provides superior moisturizing and emollient properties to improve skin elasticity and suppleness. Adding this very valuable oil at the end of the process ensures that much of it avoids saponification and is available directly to nourish your skin.

  • Fragrance Oils or Essential Oils
    For scented bars only. We use only cosmetic-safe fragrance oils or mild natural essential oils. Read our Fragrance FAQ to find our why we do not use some essential oils.


Scented or Unscented?

Our new natural line soaps (goat milk with shea butter, goat milk with cocoa butter, goat milk with mango butter, and goat milk with aloe and lanolin) are loaded with olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut, palm, and castor oils and the skin moisturizing butters special to each bar. Our baby soap is also made with shea butter and the other oils to make it gentle on baby's skin. All of these bars are unscented and the ones we use most for our own family. We put so many "scents" on our bodies: deodorant, perfume, cologne, hair spray, aftershave, etc. that we do not need another scent to compete. For dry, sensitve, problem skin we recommend our natural soaps. Also, for baby's bath time, a natural unscented soap loaded with olive oil is the healthiest for a new little one's skin.


For those who love a scented soap, we only use top of the line cosmetic safe fragrances. We make sure all of our fragrances have been tested before we sell our soap to you. We know our suppliers and correspond with them personally. We also use carefully selected essential oils like lavender oil. See our Essential Oil FAQ.


Essential Oils or Fragrance Oils?

We only use carefully selected essential oils in our soaps. We know a lot of soapmakers advertise that they use ONLY essential oils in their soaps because they are NATURAL. But remember, arsenic is natural too. Some essential oils are actually dangerous to pregnant women, children, and those with epilepsy. Because our household is full of children (one who has suffered from epilepsy) and, more often than not, a pregnant mama - we have extensively researched our essential oils. These oils are so highly concentrated that you must be careful in using them. Lavender and tangerine are the safest for pregnant women and children. We prefer to err on the side of caution, so we only use a few of these essential oils.


Peppermint essential oil is another example. While peppermint is a terrific scent for a bath bar, pregnant women should not be exposed to this oil, and children under 3 risk breathing difficulites if they are exposed to the oil. If you bathe with a soap that has peppermint essential oil in it before bedtime, studies have shown that restlessness can occur.


Lotion or Lotion Sticks?

Our customers disagree about which is better. Maybe this will help:


Lotion Sticks

  • No Preservatives,
  • No fragrance, just the natural smell of the butter
  • Rich oils and butters, no water.
  • Ultra-concentrated, a little goes a long way
  • Great for overnight skin repair

Lotion Pump or Spray

  • Light, non-greasy
  • Formulated with goat milk
  • Great for daytime and under makeup


Why do you use different butters?

Because people have different needs and preferences. Our butters are carefully selected from around the world. We use unrefined, select butters that are cold-pressed out of the nut. Cheaper, refined butters are frequently drawn out using chemicals. Here are some tips that may help you select your perfect fit. But don't take our word for it - try them all!

  • Apricot Butter - non-greasy, easily absorbed into skin - great for mature skin and beneficial in the repair of skin's elasticity.
  • Cocoa Butter - soothing, moisturizing, prevents and heals stretch marks, natural chocolatey smell.
  • Mango Butter - good for cell regeneration and wrinkles.
  • Shea Butter - great for itching skin, eczema, skin rash, small skin wounds and cracks, natural SPF of 6-7.
  • Aloe - great for healing of skin wounds and burns, cuts, and insect bites.
  • Lanolin - near perfect skin softener and emollient.
  • Lavender Butter - Soothing, calming, velvetty