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The first goats we bought were French Alpine goats we named Max and Molley. When we had more milk than we needed, I looked for ways to use it up and learned about the benefits of goat milk soap on the skin. I started to make some for us and then began to give it as gifts and later sell a few bars now and then, under the name Molley’s Soap. We then bought Nubians instead of Alpines, and Molley is no longer with us. In 2012 we began Farmer in Odell LLC, and dropped the name Molley’s Soap because there was another woman selling soap under the same name, though it was spelled without the “e”. Appropriately enough, her name is Molly. Mine isn’t. And using the name Molley’s soap always brought the assumption that MY name was Molley. So, with our soap named after our farm, that question has stopped occurring.
One of the first things I learned about soap making is this recipe: Fat + Lye = Soap and Glycerine. It’s a chemical reaction called saponification. Most commercial soap producers remove the glycerin and sell it separately for other uses. This is a money-maker for them, but means your soap no longer has the natural moisturizer it should have, so it’s drying to your skin. Other “soaps” aren’t soap at all, but detergent, which isn’t any better for your skin. Do you like to wash your body with laundry or dish detergent? Farmer in Odell soap is pure soap with all the glycerine left in. Only whole goat milk from our own goats is used, which contains various vitamins and minerals as well as the protein capric-caprylic acid which moisturizes your skin. Also important is the ratio of lye to fats. If too much lye is used, it will be hard on your skin and can even burn. All of our soaps are super-fatted, which means enough fat is used so that after saponification is done, there will be some excess fat left, helping to keep your skin from drying out. No longer do I have fingers that crack in the winter!
I am also willing to make you a whole batch of one scent. A 3-pound loaf (cut into bars) for $50. A loaf makes 12 bars of soap so this saves you $10 – 2 bars free! I can also make large quantities of soap, or any of our other products, for special occasions – bridal showers, baby showers, anniversaries, holiday gift-giving, etc. I can make you several loaves of one scent, or make you several loaves, each one different to fit a theme. Like for Christmas, you could buy 3 loaves – one of Peppermint, one Christmas Trees and the other Frankincense & Myrrh – and make gift baskets to give to teachers, friends, or family. I normally buy my fragrance oils from Majestic Mountain Sage, Symphony Scents, or Brambleberry. They have dozens of other scents that I currently don’t have made or even own yet. If you want a special scent for a special purpose, go to those websites, click on their list of fragrance oils and/or essential oils and see what they have available. If you are going to order one or more loaves of soap and/or a large quantity of lotion and/or scrubs, I will special order the fragrance oil you want me to use. Just be aware that I will need about 2 months’ notice for special orders, to allow time to receive anything I need to order, get the product made, plus shipping time if you don’t live near me. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or private message me on our Farmer in Odell Facebook page about any possible special orders.
It started with Soap for Japan, and now we’re expanding. In 2016, four of us went to the Czech Republic! Our pastor helped plant a church there a number of years ago and we’ll be going with him on his next trip there to minister to the people. This country holds a special place in our hearts as most of our great grandparents came from Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republic. Cheryl’s father couldn’t even speak English when he started kindergarten because only Czech had been spoken in the home. Half of the purchase price of these products will be used to help finance our trip back there in 2018. Anything raised above that will be donated to be used to help finance another church plant. We have six scents available, plus the Czech Beer soap, which has no added scent.
Lipový Květ (Lime Blossom) soap, sugar scrub, and cream. The flower of the Lime (or Linden) tree is the Czech national flower. It’s a very sweet, floral scent, and I colored half of the soap a pale green and layered it with the natural color soap, making a beautiful bar.
Pivo (Beer) soap. Like most of Europe, beer is a very popular beverage, and while we were there, we noticed that each area had it’s own local brand that was most popular. We purchased an imported Czech beer to use in place of goat milk in this soap. Beer has vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids which are all good for your skin. No other fragrance is added, which is why there is no cream or scrub to go with it. You get a mild natural soap scent.
Kavá (Coffee) soap, cream, sugar scrub, and lip balm. Like much of the world, the Czechs love coffee! While looking at a travel website, I saw that the city of Brno was gearing up for a week-long coffee festival! This soap is a rich, brown color which is a natural result of the fragrance oil used.
Šumava (Bohemian Forest) soap, sugar scrub, cream. Made with fir needle essential oil, and a pigment to make the bar a light green color. My reading says that the Bohemian Forest is mostly pine trees, so this smells like I believe it would while talking a walk through the forest.
Vanilkové (vanilla butter cream icing) soap, cream, sugar scrub. Another universally-loved flavor (and smell)! I just left the natural color on this soap, which is a light, vanilla-like color.
Jablkový Závin (apple strudel) soap, cream, sugar scrub. It’s not just a German dessert – the Czechs love it, too! This is a sweet, spicy scent reminiscent of a yummy dessert. Soap is swirled with a red pigment for a pretty marbled effect.
Máta s Citronem (Mint & Lemon) soap, cream, sugar scrub. When we ate at restaurants in the Czech Republic and asked for water to drink, we were given the option of bottled water, or a pitcher of water that had springs of peppermint and sliced lemon or other citrus fruit. It was something I enjoyed very much. So this scent is in memory of that delicious water.
Hand & Body Cream
This is the one item not made completely from scratch. I buy a thick, rich, unscented cream base that contains goat milk and add the essential oil or fragrance oil to make it smell like the soaps I make. It is thick and creamy and wonderful for dry skin. This may be even more popular than our soap.
This salve does not contain any goat milk but it has a lot of great ingredients that may be helpful for many situations: cuts, minor burns, insect bites, dry skin, rashes, etc.
Six herbs purported to have various healing properties are infused into a mix of 13 different oils and butters, each one with its own benefits to your skin. After the herbs are strained out, beeswax is added to firm it all up. Next lavender and rosemary essential oils are added. Both of these essential oils are believed to have antiseptic properties and lavender is said to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. Last, vitamin E oil is added as a natural preservative.
Brown and white sugar is combined with sunflower oil, avocado and glycerine, and then fragrance oil and/or essential oil is added. Use it at the end of your shower or bath to gently exfoliate and moisturize your skin. Then rinse it off, so you won’t be sticky from the sugar – the oil will stay. Or use at the sink after washing your hands to help soften rough hands. Gently blot yourself dry with a towel so you don’t wipe all the moisturizing oils off. Use once a week or when you want a special skin-nourishing treat. Warning! Use caution when using in the shower as the oils can make the floor of the tub slippery!
A wonderfully smooth blend of Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Meadowfoam Oil, Beeswax and Vitamin E Oil. Glides on your lips and makes them feel instantly moisturized.
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