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. We now have Nubians instead of Alpines, and Molley is no longer with us, but I continue to make soap with the milk we get and I call it Molley’s Soap in honor of our first goat.
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? Molley’s soap is pure soap with all the glycerine left in. Only whole goat milk from my 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 Molley’s Soaps are super-fatted, which means enough fat is used so that after saponification is done, there will be some excess fat left, which is yet another moisturizer! No longer do I have fingers that crack in the winter.
Below is a list of all our products. I do my best to keep this list up-to-date. When quantities of any product become low I list how many are left. But, the possibility always exists that you may order something and I won’t have enough of it. In those situations I will email you and let you know so you can choose a substitute or drop that product. In order to sell only fresh products, my goal is to sell out of everything at the end of each calendar year and start over with new products every late winter/spring, so when it’s gone, it’s gone. For now. Over the years I’ve learned which items are most popular and those will be remade. But, keep in mind, that if there is a scent you really want – let me know! I will make it, just understand that you’ll have to wait 3-4 weeks for me to ship it, as it will need to cure before I wrap and sell it.
I am also willing to make you a whole batch of one scent. I will sell a 3-pound loaf (cut into bars) for $50. A loaf generally makes 14 bars of soap (plus the not-so-pretty ends that I normally cut off, which equals another bar) so this saves you at least $6, because you’ll get the whole loaf. I can also make large quantities of soap for special occasions – bridal showers, baby showers, anniversaries, holiday gift-giving, etc. Again, each loaf makes about 14 bars, so order accordingly. 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, www.thesage.com. 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 that website, 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-ish 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 and to let the soap to cure, and then shipping time to you if you don’t live near me. Feel free to email or private message me on our Farmer in Odell Facebook page about any possible special orders.
Now, on to the product line!
All these soaps have the following ingredients in common: Olive oil, coconut oil, palm kernel oil, shea butter, lye, goat milk, and fragrance oil. Each has at least one other fixed oil and/or an essential oil instead of a fragrance oil, which is listed after the fragrance name.
The number in parentheses tells how many bars are left of that scent if I’m getting low on stock.
Pricing is $1 per ounce of soap by weight. I recently bought a very cool soap cutter that cuts my bars a more uniform size. All the newly made soap was cut with this cutter. The soap bars are bigger than they used to be. Instead of weighing only 3 or 4 ounces, each bar is at least 5 ounces! The price on those will be $5 each. But, I still have some bars from before the arrival of the cutter that are smaller. So those will be cheaper. The price of each type is at the end of each description.
Pumpkin Pie (7) – rice bran oil – $4
Cranberry (3) – castor oil – $3
Baby Powder (7) – sunflower oil – $4
Bay Rum (8) – avocado oil – $4
Patchouli – patchouli essential oil, sweet almond oil – $4
Unscented (5) - rice bran oil – $3
Lavender – sunflower oil, lavender essential oil – $5
Tahitian Vanilla – sunflower oil – $5
Eucalyptus Mint – sunflower oil, eucalypus essential oil, peppermint essential oil – $5
Lilac – sunflower oil – $5
Oatmeal, Milk & Honey – sunflower oil, honey, oatmeal – $5
Lily of the Valley – sunflower oil – $5
Soaps for Special Purposes
Luffa Soaps – To make this soap I put a whole luffa into a pringles can, then poured the lightly-traced soap into it. The next day it was cut. So each bar is part of a luffa that is filled and surrounded with soap. It comes in one scent right now – Osmanthus, a fruity/herbal scent (3). The extra oil in it is rice bran oil. – $3
Super Scrubbing Soap (3)– sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, fullers earth, tangerine essential oil, lime essential oil, finely ground luffa – $3
Oily Skin Soap (7) – honey, sweet almond oil, evening primrose oil, peppermint essential oil, French green clay – $5
Dry Skin Soap (12) – Extra super-fatted with coconut oil, olive oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, castor oil and sunflower oil. Scented with ylang-ylang, lemon and bergamot essential oils. – $4
Shaving Soap (1 left) – comfrey-infused olive oil, rice bran oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, French green clay, lavender essential oil, lime essential oil, evening primrose oil. – $3 for the soap, $13 for a shaving set including mug and brush.
Shampoo Bar – (Currently out of stock) – I made this on special request. It does not have goat milk, but coconut milk, instead. The oils used are coconut, olive, castor, jojoba, shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax. It is scented with vanilla cream fragrance oil. If you have hard water, I would not recommend using this. It is a soap. Soap and hard water don’t mix well – think of soap scum on your shower wall. That will happen in your hair. But, even with soft water, if you feel your hair is limp or sticky, rinse your hair with a mixture of a half-cup of vinegar with 2 cups of water, it will rinse any extra residue away and leave your hair feeling soft.
Coconut Milk Soap (Currently out of stock) – Made by customer request for her daughter who is allergic to milk – even goat milk in soap. It contains coconut milk instead of goat milk. Scented with lemon and lime essential oils. If the demand is high enough, I’ll make more fragrances. Contains olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, palm kernel oil, rice bran oil, shea butter, sunflower oil.
Sportsman’s Soap (currently out of stock) – scented with anise essential oil, which is said to mask the human scent. Part of it is also colored with pure, unsweetened cocoa powder and swirled with the rest of the soap which makes it look pretty neat. Other than the coloring, I’m not aware of the cocoa having any other purpose. Even if hunting or fishing isn’t something you (or your man) takes part in, this is a scent that several men have said they like when they’ve been sniffing around my table at craft fairs. Also contains rice bran oil.
Molley’s Goat Milk Cream
I have wanted to make a lotion with goat milk for a while, but haven’t figured it out just yet. In the meantime, I found an unscented goat milk cream base that I now offer. It is moderately thick and creamy. It contains capric-caprylic triglyceride as well as some other nice ingredients – avocado oil, aloe leaf juice, ivy leaf/stem extract, and pumpkin seed extract. I can custom mix the cream with a fragrance to match most of the soaps I have for sale (understand I may run out of a fragrance oil and not get this list updated immediately), or the same essential oils listed under the Sugar Scrub heading. These are available in 2 oz and 4 oz. bottles with a pop-up cap. Or in 8 oz. bottles with a pop-up cap or pump dispenser – your choice! I also have some jars in the same sizes. 2 oz. is $3.00, 4 oz is $6.00 and 8 oz is $12 each.
Cream is available in the following scents using fragrance oils:
Baby Powder, Tahitian Vanilla, Lilac, Oatmeal/Milk/Honey, Lily of the Valley.
And in the following scents using essential oils:
Lavender, Eucalyputs Mint, Tangerine Lime, Lemon Lime.
This salve does not contain any goat milk (although it does have the capric-caprylic triglyceride), but it has a lot of great ingredients that can 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 have antiseptic properties and lavender is also anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. Last, vitamin E oil is added as a natural preservative.
All new salve has been made for 2014! The 4-oz tin of salve is still only $15. It will last you a long time! I also have a small travel-size tube of salve. It is in a lip balm tube that fits nicely in your purse, or put it in your pocket on a hike to use the moment you get a bug bit or sting. Or, get it as a sample before you buy the full size. The tube is $2.
All new! 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 to help with 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. They are $7 for an 8-ounce jar.
Sugar Scrub is ready-made in the following scents using fragrance oil: Lilac, Oatmeal/Milk/Honey, Tahitian Vanilla, Lily of the Valley.
And using essential oils: Lavender, Eucalyptus Mint, Tangerine Lime.
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. Each is flavored with either essential or flavor oil – or both, in some cases. Lip Balm is $2.
Flavors available: Vanilla, Root Beer, Black Cherry, Orange-Vanilla, Lemon Lime, and Pina Colada.
I still haven’t gotten a good online store set up, so please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can “like” us on Facebook – Farmer in Odell, and send a private message. If you’re already one of my personal facebook friends, you can message me there, too. Shipping costs will depend on the quantity purchased and will be calculated on an individual basis. I can take payment by Paypal, personal check or USPS money order. If you pay by personal check I will ship the soap after the check has cleared, generally in about 2 weeks.