Let’s clear up one fear right away: no, you won’t smell like a farm animal. In fact, goat milk soap has so many skin and health benefits – even if it did have a slightly barnyard scent, it would probably be worth it.
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Goat Milk Soap Benefits
Goat Milk Soap Is A Popular Natural Soap
Goat milk soap is actually one of the most popular natural soaps out there. Users love how nicely it lathers. It feels great against the skin, and more often than not, people are surprised at its pleasant smell.
Goat milk is also a team player. Soapmakers love using it as a moisturizing base. It pairs well with almost any other soap ingredient out there – I like pairing goat milk with all the benefits of a well scented almond soap.
So if you’re new to the world of natural soap, goat milk is a great starter soap.
Goat Milk Soap Is Gentle
It’s not necessarily a sensitive-skin-only soap, but it’s one of those feel-good soaps that anyone can use.
I personally like it because it doesn’t have medicinal soap vibes, but you can still use it to treat skin ailments. People with light eczema and psoriasis use goat milk to supplement their skincare routine.
If you find that you don’t enjoy goat milk, but you still need something gentle, I recommend the benefits of oatmeal soap. It’s comparable to goat milk, but might have enough scent, texture, and moisturizing differences for you to enjoy it more.
Goat Milk Soap Has A Mild Scent…Usually
When it’s made correctly, goat milk soap usually doesn’t have a strong scent. It takes a backseat to the other ingredients in the bar.
However…it’s really easy to mess up a bar of goat milk soap. During saponification (when soapmakers combine oils and lye to make your soap), the milk component sometimes burns, giving the soap a strong, borderline pungent smell.
So buy from a soapmaker that you trust! Handcrafted products are going to be higher quality than anything you find on the supermarket aisle.
And, don’t be alarmed if the scent seems strong when you take it out of the package. It just needs to ventilate for a bit before you use it.
Is Goat Milk Good For Your Face?
Goat milk is awesome for your face, but if you’re trying to use it as a sort of pre-shave soap, I’d stay away.
Goat milk will moisturize and cleanse, but it probably won’t exfoliate, which is really what you need in a good shaving soap. I personally like sandalwood soap and all its benefits, especially as a pre-shave. It’ll go the extra mile for you, giving you a classic woodsy scent, while rubbing away any dead skin that might cause razor nics.
So goat milk for acne and blemishes? Yes! Goat milk for shaving? No, not really.
Does Goat Milk Soap Whiten Skin?
Goat milk soap should not whiten your skin – in fact, no good soap should whiten or lighten your skin.
If you see any visible differences in your skin tone after using a soap, throw it away! It probably contains bleaching agents that will do long-term damage to your skin, liver, and kidneys.
On the other hand, goat milk soap, like most natural soaps, should help give you a nice vibrant look to your skin, without changing the tone. It’s a really nice cleanser, so it’ll clear dirt from your pores, helping your skin breathe.
Does Goat Milk Soap Clog Pores?
Nope. And that’s what’s especially great about goat milk soap, especially as a heavy moisturizer.
Lots of moisturizing soaps are a little bit too oily. That doesn’t mean that the soap itself is going to clog your pores… it’s just going to encourage the natural oils on your face to clog your pores.
Goat milk soap is usually noncomedogenic, meaning it won’t encourage clogged pores or breakouts. Most users find that it does the opposite: goat milk soap helps their pores breathe, and it gets rid of acne.
Is Goats Milk Soap Good For Eczema?
Goat milk soap is great for eczema and psoriasis. We just talked about how gentle and moisturizing it is – that makes it great on dry skin conditions.
I wouldn’t recommend it as a medicinal cure-all. Not to sound like a commercial but if you find yourself suffering from painful dry skin, you probably need to see a dermatologist. Goat milk soap will be a great supplement to whatever your doctor recommends.
Is Goats Milk Soap Good For Aging Skin?
Goat milk soap is good for aging skin in the sense that it’s gentle and moisturizing. A natural, handmade bar won’t have any chemical irritants that could be catastrophic against crepey skin.
But, if you’re really looking for a wrinkle-fighting soap, I wouldn’t think of goat milk as a go-to. Coffee soap is a much better baggy-skin fighter (unexpectedly). Its natural chemical components dilate your veins to make wrinkled skin look fuller.
Goat milk soap is something you might enjoy a few years down the line, when you’re ready to embrace your wizened skin rather than fight it.
Does Goat Milk Soap Go Bad?
If you’re imagining curdled milk in your shower, don’t worry. You don’t need to keep your goat milk soap in the refrigerator, and it won’t expire like a carton of milk.
All soap “goes bad” at some point. For natural soaps, that’s usually in the 6 months to a year range. It’s not that the soap is unusable after it “goes bad,” but it won’t smell as good, and it might not retain its skin and body benefits.
An age-old trick for testing whether your soap is still in its prime: check its lather. If you can get some nice creamy bubbles going pretty quickly, your soap is a-okay.
If you do find that your soap won’t lather all that well, and it doesn’t have that good smell anymore, I recommend retiring it to the hand soap dish. It’s still an effective cleanser. It just won’t be all that great in the shower.