Goat milk soap benefits your skin more than conventional cleansers. It can help with ace-prone skin and eczema. In this post, you will also learn how to buy quality soap.
If you watch skincare and beauty commercials, you’ll notice that they highlight specific ingredients for their benefits. Some add collagen and claim to fight wrinkles, while others add salicylic acid and say it clears up acne.
I used commercial cleansers and scrubs for many years. But finally discovered a simple and all-natural beauty routine that helped clear up my acne-prone skin.
The first step that made an impact on my skin was eliminating the processed junk food from our diet. I didn’t know it at the time, and the impact happened very slowly over time. For me, it’s an affirmation that eating real food (and NOT eating real food) really does make an impact on the body.
The second step seemed to be a small one, but as hindsight is always 20/20. Switching to goat milk soap made me question all the other ingredients that are in my skincare and beauty items. Including the ingredients that are supposed to be good.
Finding Quality Goat Milk Soap
I admit that at the time, I knew practically nothing about goat milk soap. I’ve been thoroughly testing soap from Bend Soap Company for years and have come to the following conclusion:
The best goat milk soap is one that contains no more than three ingredients:
- goat milk
- nourishing oils (coconut oil, palm oil, and olive oil)
- essential oils (for fragrance or health benefits)
That’s it. Nothing more.
Many commercial soaps and cleansers, and even some homemade soaps, contain GMO products like soybean or corn oil. Do you see either of those two ingredients listed on your soap or cleanser? What about vegetable oil, canola oil, or modified rapeseed oil? If so, that oil was most likely created from a GMO crop.
I know there’s controversy surrounding GMO crops and their effect on health, and given that every family is in a different place on their own health journeys, you won’t find me preaching to you one way or the other.
However, I can say that we’ve decided to stay away from them whenever possible. The fact that so many other countries have banned GMOs and the lack of information on long-term studies is sufficient enough for me to keep my distance for now, and until I know more.
Resource Suggestion: If you’re looking for literature on GMOs, “The GMO Deception” is a great eBook that’s simple to read and packed with helpful research.
If your soap doesn’t have a GMO oil, there’s a really good chance it has another common ingredient among soaps and cleansers: sodium lauryl sulfate. This ingredient helps the soap to create a great lather, but it also strips the skin of natural oils, leaving your skin dry and irritated. If your skin has ever felt tight, dry, and itchy after washing, sodium lauryl sulfate might be to blame.
- The chips and salsa version: The goat milk soap from Bend Soap Company is the best goat soap I’ve tried so far.
- The whole enchilada: There was a lot of note-taking during my testing phase, both physical and mental, so here’s what I thought of their soap.
My Honest Review of Bend Soap Company’s Goat Milk Soap Benefits
1. The color is brown.
This was weird at first but makes sense when you consider the color of the original ingredients and the color that would result when you combine them. There are no dyes to hide this fact. The fact that this soap is brown makes me wonder what’s in other soaps to make them white, pink, or green.
2. It doesn’t sting my eyes.
This didn’t dawn on me until I went back and tried my old goat milk soap, which stung almost immediately. Bend Soap’s soap didn’t sting at all, even when taking my time to wash, fumble around for a washcloth, scrub and then finally rinse… all while wearing contacts no less! Now, it very well might possibly sting if left indefinitely, but it’s really nice to be able to wash my face without a) avoiding my eyes, or b) making a sprint to wash the soap off as soon as possible.
3. It doesn’t dry out my skin.
When I finish washing, my skin is clean. It’s not tight or itchy. I still use moisturizer, but if I forget to apply one morning, my skin isn’t paying the price later in the day.
4. It washes off my makeup.
On most days, my makeup consists of homemade tinted moisturizer, homemade powdered foundation, and mascara – NOT the waterproof kind since it irritates my eyes. This soap took all of this off without any issues and no need for additional makeup remover.
5. It’s gentle.
My skin is not red or irritated or showing any signs that the soap is bothersome. This doesn’t surprise me though, since they began making this soap in an effort to heal their son’s eczema.
6. It produces a very nice lather.
A foamy, creamy lather that rinses clean without any sticky or slimy residue. Who would have thought that a simple, clean lather would be so nice! I even started using this soap specifically to produce a lather for shaving too.
7. The smell is subtle.
So many soaps have this overpowering scent that lingers as the day goes on. Bend Soap’s soap smells good for sure (the eucalyptus spearmint is my favorite!). But you don’t walk around all day smelling like someone doused you in a spray bottle of mint. You just smell clean. And that’s how it should be.
In the process, I ruled out Canus, Alpen Secrets, The Little Soap Factory (my old soap), Nubian Heritage, and Candlecopia because of their ingredients. Bend Soap is the most affordable soap for its quality.
Tips On How To Budget In Goat Milk Soap
Tip #1: Know the irregular ends of a big batch of soap.
Once or twice a year, Bend Soap Company sells 16 oz of bulk scrap soap for just $8. This brings the price down to just 50¢ per ounce! Plus I’ve heard from readers that these scraps are just the same size as regular bars! (Be sure to sign up for their newsletter to know when the sale happens. It’s not always consistent!)
Tip #2: Recycle.
You can take those scraps and turn them into homemade liquid facial cleanser where one 8 oz batch costs just 30¢.
Tip #4: Keep it from dissipating too quickly.
Learn how to make goat milk soap last. Handcrafted soap is somewhat softer than commercial soap.
Tip #5: There are coupons when you buy directly from Bend Soap.
You can stack these with the scrap soap sales and stock up for the year!:
- SOAP25 saves 5% on your order of $25 or more
- SOAP50 saves 10% off your order or $50 or more
- SOAP100 saves 15% off your order of $100 or more
- Shipping is a flat rate of $5 on orders $50 or more
Goat milk soap benefits your skin! Just two days’ worth of washing made a noticeable difference in my skin and I decided to never switch back to commercial cleansers again. Give it a try!
There are several goat milk soap benefits such as repairing the skin’s barrier, preventing lines and wrinkles, preventing acne, and increasing moisture levels.
Goat milk soap contains lactic acids, vitamins, and high proteins. This results in the skin looking lighter and feel softer.
About The Company
Mr. Crumbs and I do our best to support small business owners who are like-minded and do their part to run a sustainable and ethical business. Bend Soap Company fits the bill. After reading their story, meeting the team and the family (they have 8 kids!), I knew this is a company we would want to support.
Marilee shared with me that they really want to help as many people as they can with their soaps. They’ve seen their soap alleviate eczema in their son firsthand. And it helped others with various skin sensitivities too. She’s a mother of eight and knows firsthand what it’s like to deal with these issues.
They want to help to heal and nourish the skin naturally. Without having to buy expensive creams and make frequent visits to the dermatologist. The hand-written note from Marilee, included in my testing package, sealed the deal.
If you’re looking for a recommendation on goat milk soap, there it is.
I love goats milk soap and I happen to be a maker of it!! I wanted to respond to a part of your article – goats milk soap is sometimes white if the temperature is well controlled in the making. If I let the soap batter heat up, the sugars in the milk will darken it. You are correct that we can use micas and oxides to color soap, but many of us do not. I do use sea clays and blush clays and turmeric, and Himalayan rhubarb powder can turn your soap hot pink! I love using natural pigments. Unfortunately, soap makers are not required to label their soaps with all of the ingredients used per the FDA, so you sometimes have to do some digging to find soaps that include all of the items used. I’m so glad you found one that worked for you, and thank you for sharing about my favorite kind of soap.
I actually use soap on a burn, it helps really take the sting out. I tried regular soap and it didn’t really help, then I tried my goat milk soap – OMG amazing! Burn was gone instantly and it’s healing. Happy I figured this out, although I hope to avoid hot water splatted in the future 🙂
Thanks for this information. I have been using Beekman 1802 soaps and lotions and love them. They are quite pricy and I am always looking for something of just as great quality but maybe not quite as pricy. So far their goat’s milk soap has alleviated most of my skin issues. However I did place an order with Bend today to try their soaps, deodorant and lip balm. Can’t wait to get it in. We have been working our way towards much healthier soaps and lotions.
Hi Tiffany. You mention more recently that you use the soap for your shampoo, too. Do you have hard or soft water? I have pretty hard water, so wondering how effective the soap is with hard water. Also, did you have a transition period where your hair and scalp had to adjust?
Hi Becky! I have hard water and there was definitely a transition period. You can read more about it here: https://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2016/04/how-to-wash-your-hair-without-shampoo/ and here: https://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2015/03/4-common-mistake-washing-hair-without-shampoo/!
I need a really URGENT question answered:
Does Bend Soap still sell their soap in bulk scraps for $8? I’ve checked on their site and on Amazon but can’t seem to find it!
It’s urgent because I live in Europe and am here with our whole family of seven for six weeks but fly out Sept 4th. My two youngest – the boys – have/had skin issues. With my five year old it helped that he and I steered clear of cow’s milk and switched to rice milk. Not so for my 1yr old. Maybe two yes ago I heard from you about Bend Soap, so I’d really still like to try it out but get the best deal, of course! Thanks!
Hi Tara! They do, but it’s not a regular occurrence anymore. They now have bulk sales once or twice per year, depending on how much bulk they have. And they always sell out CRAZY fast. If you’re on my email list, I’ll let you know when the sale comes around again!
I’m skeptical because I have tried so many other remedies and soaps. I have severe eczema and its all over my body, from head to toe. I’m willing to try your soap and I’m hopeful that it relieves me of this severe itching.
Hi Tiffany…I just stumbled upon your post …. Ive been using goats milk soap for years and “loved it” Ive recently stopped using it as it is causing problems with my eyes. Im wondering if you have any idea if any of these ingredients are the cause or is it just simply the goats milk?
Ingredients: vegetable glycerin, meadowfoam oil, sunflower oil, sorbitol, goat milk, coconut oil, palm oil, rosemary oil, purified water, titanium dioxide (natural mineral oil)
Hey Lynn! I’m not sure what could be irritating your eyes, but the goat milk soap I use doesn’t have that many ingredients. 🙂 I’ve also heard of other people using goat milk soap in general, and not having any issues. Have you tried a different brand to rule in/out the milk?
Can goat soap make your skin turn a brownish color
I’ve never had that issue Claire.
I’ve recently started following you on social media and love your posts. My skin is problematic and I would like to try the goats milk soap – I live in South Africa and can’t get the brands you mention, there are brands available here though, and I will follow your suggestions regarding the 3 ingredients. I was just wondering, I have seen goat’s milk facial cleanser advertised, but it’s much more expensive than the bars of soap. Can I use the bar to cleanse my face?
You can certainly use the bar to wash your face Emma!