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. A 3-pound loaf (cut into bars) for $50. A loaf generally makes 11 bars of soap (plus the not-so-pretty ends that I normally cut off, which equals another bar) so this saves you more than $5, 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 11 nicely-cut bars, or 12 if the ends are included on two 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, plus shipping time 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. There is also either sweet almond, avocado or sunflower oil. They are scented with either a fragrance oil or essential oil.
The number in parentheses tells how many bars are left of that scent if I’m getting low on stock.
Each bar weighs between 5 and 6 ounces and costs $5 each.
Scented with Essential Oils:
Scents available year-round: Tangerine Lime, Lavender (3 left), Eucalyptus Mint, Patchouli
Holiday scent: Candy Cane
Scented with Fragrance Oil:
Scents available year-round: Oatmeal Milk & Honey, Vanilla Musk (3 left)
Spring and Summer scents: Coconut Lemongrass, Lilac, Tahitian Vanilla (3 left), Lily of the Valley
Fall and Holiday scents: Plumberry Spice, Pumpkin Pie, Bayberry, Bitter Orange Orchid, Frankincense & Myrrh, Gingerbread & Spice, Christmas Tree
Soaps for Special Purposes
Unscented – For those who are sensitive to fragrances, whether they are natural or synthetic, we have soap that has absolutely no fragrance oil or essential oils added.
Luffa Soaps (Will be available in October) – 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. The oils in this soap are: coconut, olive, avocado, sweet almond, and sunflower. It is scented with intense almond fragrance oil.
Oily Skin Soap (6) – honey, sweet almond oil, evening primrose oil, peppermint essential oil, French green clay – $5
Dry Skin Soap (2) – 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 (out of stock) – 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 – 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.
C’Mere Deer! – 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 part with olive leaf powder, and swirled with the rest of the soap which makes it look pretty neat. 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.
Soap for Japan! – I made soap, lotion, and scrubs in two scents reminiscent of Japan – Cherry Blossom and Hinoki Wood – for a very special reason. Our oldest daughter is going on an internship/mission trip in 2015 to Tokyo. The total sale price of products made with these scents will help pay her expenses for this trip. Thank you for your help in sending Tasha to Tokyo!
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. Lotion is generally available in all the same scents as the soaps listed above, including the anise essential oil used in C’Mere Deer. Now and then I run out of a scent and don’t have the fragrance on-hand to mix up more, but I fix that as quickly as I can. These are available in 2 oz and 4 oz. bottles with a pop-up cap, or in jars, as well as 8 oz. bottles with a pump dispenser. 2 oz. is $3.00, 4 oz is $6.00 and 8 oz is $12 each. *Note – I am currently transitioning the 2-oz size from bottles to jars. Because of the thickness of the cream, it’s difficult to get the product out of the little bottles. I will also do the same with the 4-oz size, as time goes on. For now all the 4-oz lotions are still in bottles. Most of the 2-oz are still bottles, but a few are also available in jars.
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 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 available in all the same scents as the soap and cream.
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, Peppermint, Buttercream, Chocolate Cream, 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.