About Spencer's Farm
82 Triple B Lane
Taft, TN 38488
(931)438-8388
soap@spencersfarm.com
Spencer's Farm specializes in skin care products made from goat milk.  We have a small
herd of Alpine and Saanan goats to supply fresh milk year round.  We love our goats and we
love what we make from their milk!

The Goat Milk Difference
Or Why Goat Milk for Skin Care?

Handmade soap has become a very popular item these days; and for good reason.  Today’s
handmade soap isn’t your grandma’s lye soap! Savoniers (soap makers) have much more
knowledge about the science of soap making than grandma did.  We now use precise
measurements to carefully balance the amount of soap making oils with the amount of lye to
avoid the uncomfortable sensation of the original old fashioned lye soap.  In fact, with an
accurate scale and a little science, a modern soap maker can guarantee a milder soap than
any commercial soap on the market.  

The Science of Soap

Handmade soaps are formulated using a combination of emollient oils and butters, such as
olive and avocado oils, and cocoa or shea butter with lathering oils such as coconut or palm
kernel oil.  These oils are mixed with a liquid saturated with lye.  The chemical reaction that
occurs between the oil and lye is known as saponification.  Once saponification is complete,
there is no lye left in the mixture.  A simplified explanation of soap making chemistry is that one
molecule of fat added to one molecule of lye yields three molecules of soap and one molecule
of glycerin. In reality, each type of oil requires a different amount of lye to produce the complete
reaction. However, today’s savonier has tools to calculate exact ratios of specific oils to lye, but
the result is always soap and glycerin in roughly a 3:1 ratio.

You see, grandma was at a disadvantage.  She had to make her own lye and didn’t know the
strength of her lye solution. She often had to render her own oils, too. Any variation of lye
strength or combination of oils in her recipe would yield unexpected results. Very often the
resulting soap had a considerable amount of unreacted lye. When you hear those old timers
who complain about the lye soap they used as kids, you can understand why they are justifiably
reluctant to use it now!

The Goat Milk Advantage

Perhaps you have never heard of goat milk soap, or maybe you have, but never understood its
benefits.  Ask Sydne Spencer, owner of Spencer’s Farm about goat milk soap and you will learn
that goat milk has been a revered beauty and health product since biblical times! Recent
studies show that goat milk can actually aid in regenerating collagen under the skin, negating
some of the visible signs of aging. Goat milk soap is extremely moisturizing due to the
humectant or moisture attracting properties of milk, the beneficial medium chain fatty acids
abundant in goat milk, and the combination of skin nourishing oils that compliment the goat
milk. In addition, if the soap is made using the “cold process” it does not allow the temperature
to rise very far above body temperature, so all the beneficial vitamins in the original ingredients
are still contained in the soap. The result is an extremely mild, moisturizing soap, which gently
cleans but leaves no oily after effects. Many people are concerned that moisturizing soap will
leave their skin oily, or aggravate acne.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  Excessive oil
production is often a protective reaction of the skin to harsh soaps and detergent, but this is
never a problem with goat milk soap.  Goat milk is a buffer that leaves the skin very close to its
natural pH.  In fact, after using commercial soap (even the mild varieties) skin takes an average
of two hours to reestablish its correct pH.  That explains the uncomfortable, itchy, and tight
feeling skin so many people experience after bathing.  It is also the basis for the claim that
soap should not be used on the face. However, that concern disappears if you use goat milk
soap since the skin’s acid mantle is left intact.

Better than a Luxury Item

Many goat milk soap users will use nothing else because they claim that no other soap
relieves their dry, itchy, skin the way goat milk soap does.  People with chronically dry skin
notice the difference between goat milk soap and commercial soap the very first time they use
it.  Many people with very sensitive skin react to even the mildest commercial soap.  Ingredients
such as aloe vera juice and oatmeal can be added to any handmade soaps to contribute to
their soothing properties. But handmade soap experts can confirm that goat milk is the
ingredient that makes the difference between handmade soap and a miraculous luxury item.
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