Why are Probiotic Goat Milk & Kefir Soaps so expensive?
One of the reasons is I do NOT use powdered goat milk, never have and never will. The indisputable reason for this is based in “science”.
Powdered milk is an inferior raw material in terms of enzymes and the natural biologics which we WANT in our soap. My goat milk comes from a small goat dairy farm in Anderson, SC. They raise their goats the old fashioned way on pasture and in sunshine 365 days of the year. Their raw goat milk is superior and the nutritional profile is superior! That is reflected in the quality of my soaps.
I also make my raw goat Kefir from this amazing Goat Milk and Kefir grains that I purchased from a small goat Farmer in Indiana. These grains have been passed down from one generation to the next and are not dehydrated or bought online. They have numerous strands of beneficial bacteria both amazing for your gut and your skin and this also reflects in the quality and results people get using my products!
Also, I use a lot of this amazing raw goat milk and kefir in my soaps and lotions. Not just a few ounces! Over half of my recipe is made of raw goat milk and kefir!
Powdered or Instant milk is used by many soap-makers for a variety of reasons. First, not every soap-maker wants the responsibility of owning and caring for the animals. It is a lot of work! Their work days are easily 16 hours long. There are “costs” to produce milk……feed, water, bedding, medical care and the value of the producer’s time. This is why real goat milk soap is higher in price than other bars of handcrafted soap.
Second, storage of powdered milk is easy. Since the water is removed, the space needed for dehydrated milk is far less and storage temperatures are not critical. It has been pasteurized under high heat and vacuum sealed for incredibly long storage life. Raw goat milk is especially sensitive to heat because of the fat and lipid structures. The chemical structure of powdered milk has been altered, so its ability to moisture and nourish has been altered as well.
Third, when you read the soap ingredients (and they should be listed), in the majority of cases, goat milk is listed far down the list, meaning there isn’t a lot in the soap itself. Let me reiterate….read labels, ask questions…..don’t be shy, it is your money and premium soap is an investment in YOUR skin.
Every business has to define its own success. I chose to be an “Artisan” producer, meaning production in smaller batches to control quality and consistency without becoming factory “automated”, I stay true to “handmade”. It is who we are. We will never be a Dove or a Dial in terms of production. Big isn’t always better.
You have the opportunity to buy bars made with the milk from National Champions! (Powdered or canned milk can’t compete with that)!
Additionally, all my oils are USDA certified organic, sustained and fair trade. I do not use pomace oil which is a cheap version of olive oil if you even can call it that!
This is an old fashioned recipe and these oils are tried and true and have been tested through many generations! All my products are made with premium, food-grade ingredients!