Monday, July 26, 2010

Why Use Goat Milk Soap?

  • It's Naturally Nourishing and Cleansing...
  • It's Naturally Moisturizing and Softening...
  • And It's Naturally Gentle and Rejuvenating to the Skin....

For centuries, people have been using milk as a skin care product. Goat milk soap is a powerhouse of benefits for the skin as it contains so many nutrients. It nourishes the skin with amino acids, zinc, vitamins A, C, D, E, K, a few of the B vitamins, enzymes, and proteins, as well as lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid that aids in the removal of dead skin cells. Glycerin, which moisturizes the skin, is often removed from commercially processed soaps and used for other things. But in handmade goat milk soap, the glycerin remains in the bars and thus the benefits remain. Also, the ph level in goat milk is very similar to our skin, thus permitting a better transfer of the milk's nutrients to us. And to top it off, there are no harsh additives that can be disturbing to think about, if not downright harmful!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Welcome to K & A Soaps!

Handmade Goat Milk Soap

Naturally Moisturizing and Nourishing Ingredients

Located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, K & A Soaps is a small soap making business operated by two sisters, Karen and Abigail. In 2009, a good friend of ours with a successful soap business in Virginia (now moved to Tennessee), took Karen and I, and a group of friends, under wing and taught us how to make soap. Later, Karen and I made a batch of soap by ourselves (with our friend on call :-)). Then we made another batch. And another. And with encouragement from our family, we were hooked. But there is so much to learn about this art. For truly soap making is a fine art. It has been a great experience to take the base ingredients like coconut oil, safflower oil, lard, milk, and fragrance oils, and fashion them into beautiful bars of soap. Sometimes we have so many ideas for colors (to color or not to color, to swirl or not to swirl and the list could go on) and fragrances, that we have to limit ourselves and focus on just a few.

It is our goal to produce quality soaps that are both a treat for your skin and delightful to smell. We use fresh milk from local dairy goats, coconut oil, safflower oil, and lard, as well as additives like real honey, oatmeal and cornmeal (which add to the appearance of the bar and it exfoliating abilities), fragrance oils, and essential oils. So whether you enjoy citrus, floral, vanilla and cotton candy, honey, or simply an unscented bar, we offer a variety of soaps that are sure to please.

Photos and descriptions of our soaps to follow. In the meantime email us if you would like a list of the types of soap we currently have available, prices, purchasing information, and if you have any questions.