Southern Grace Sensations
Farming in the South by the Grace of God!
Goat Milk Soap
Here is a list and description of what we normally have available.
Goat Milk Lotion
After years of work, we developed a recipe for goat milk lotion that would have as few preservatives as possible - and be all natural - that we were happy to use ourselves. We are happy to share with you.
Lip Balms and Salve
All natural lip balm and salve with the healing ingredients of honey and lanolin added!
How Southern Grace got it's name...
Experience comes by many ways.....mostly by watching, doing, learning from your mistakes, and redoing. Even though our family worked alongside my father on the farm for years, sometimes the learning process can he hard. Farming without my father is even harder, but there are days when you wonder how you were even able to 'get that project done', or 'how everything fell into place' and you know that it was not by your own doing, but by the Grace of God, our heavenly Father, intervening. And thank God that He cares enough to help us out, even with the small things. While the soap and lotions and other products that we make are on a small scale compared to the rest of the work on the farm, we have entitled the line as "Farming in the South by the Grace of God!" Thankfully, He has been faithful to us for many, many generations on this family farm and we know that He will continue to be ever present!
Our goal is to have our farm be healthy and we also want our family, and friends to live healthier lifestyles - even down to the kind of soap, lotions and other personal care items we are using. A few years ago, we decided to invest in a Swiss Alpine dairy goat. After learning about the high nutritional value of goat's milk, we determined it would be useful to have such a source to improve our feeding programs. One goat, Nellie, turned into two with Oh Hannah, and the herd continued to grow - providing milk for the family (we've been making cheese and yogurts) and using their milk to implement raw milk fertilization to our hay fields last.
Goat milk soap is frequently recommended by dermatologists and used successfully by people with skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, acne, and general dry, itchy skin. It may be used to relieve rashes from poison ivy or bug bites.
Moisturizing: All milk contains natural emollients, vitamins and triglycerides that moisturize the skin. Fresh goat milk contains even more benefits as it has a pH level closest to that of human skin- this means is gentle to your skin and helps protect against bacteria. The cream present in goat milk act as natural moisturizers and boosts the moisturizing quality in soaps. Goat milk has a short-strand protein structure that allows it to be easily absorbed into the skin. This is important because keeping skin naturally moisturized helps keep skin healthy. As we sassy sisters are seeking to age gracefully, moisturizing is very important!
Minerals: Goat milk contains important minerals for the skin such calcium, potassium, magnesium and selenium. Calcium tones and smoothes skin. Selenium is believed by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer. Selenium can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun.
Vitamins: Goat milk contains many vitamins such as B1, B6, B12, C, E. It is particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue and maintain healthy skin. There have been several medical studies showing that creams made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne, and provide some psoriasis relief.
Our dairy goats: The best goat milk soaps are made from fresh goat milk. Nellie and her daughter, Oh Hannah were our original dairy goats, and they have contributed to a fine, small herd that provides the freshest milk twice a day. All free ranges with our other goats on mountain pastures of clover, lespedeza, and a variety of grasses. They love milking time as each receive sweet grain and, their favorite reward, one peanut in the shell.
Just Keeping It Real!
The soap and lotions are made here in the Appalachian Mountains in a log cabin on our farm. We use fresh mountain water and the most environmentally friendly coconut, palm, and olive oils we can find as these compose the base of our soaps. The same is true for our lotions and other sensations. There is no use of synthetic colors or premade bases. We make every batch from scratch.
We employ the traditional method of cold process soap making. This method does not use additional heat to hasten the chemical bonding and thus retains more of the natural glycerin in the final soap. Once the soap cools, it usually rests for four to six weeks to harden properly. This means our soap takes longer to make, but is worth the wait.
Our lotions are handmade over the course of a day - worth all the effort!