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? 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!
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 seasonally. 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 makes 12 bars of soap so this saves you $10. I can also make large quantities of soap for special occasions – bridal showers, baby showers, anniversaries, holiday gift-giving, etc. Again, each loaf makes 12 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 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, Eucalyptus Mint, Patchouli, Lemongrass
Scented with Fragrance Oil:
Scents available year-round: Oatmeal Milk & Honey
Other scents: Coconut Lemongrass, Lilac, Plumberry Spice, Watermelon, Monkey Farts
2015 Holiday Scents:
Eggnog, Apple Jack, Candy Cane
Other Fun Soap:
Three Little Pigs – In honor of our American Guinea Hogs, I’ve made a few soaps in a pig-shaped mold, made with our goat milk, but also some of the fat in the soap is lard from one of our hogs. This soap doesn’t have a lot of lather but is a very creamy-feeling soap – I love it! It’s scented with pineapple fragrance oil and a touch of clove essential oil.
Honey Harvest Soap – This is another molded soap, in the shape of and old-fashioned bee skep – the baskets they used to keep honeybees in before modern hives came on the scene. This soap has honey and beeswax in it and is scented with Honey Harvest fragrance oil from MMS. It feels wonderful on your skin!
Soaps for Special Purposes
Exfoliating (Formerly Super Scrubbing Soap) – This soap has a small amount of finely ground luffa and Fuller’s Earth to help give a deeper clean with some scrubbing action. I also used more goat milk than in our regular bars. The oils used are: coconut, olive, palm kernel, avocado, and sweet almond. Scented with the following essential oils: sage, lime, tangerine, lemon, and bergamot.
Unscented (5 left)- 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 – 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. I have one bar with Intense Almond fragrance oil for $5.
Oily Skin Soap (2) – honey, sweet almond oil, evening primrose oil, peppermint essential oil, French green clay – $5
Dry Skin Soap – 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.
Shaving Soap – Comfrey-infused olive oil, rice bran oil, jojoba oil, castor oil, French green clay, lavender essential oil, lime essential oil, evening primrose oil. – $5 for the soap, $15 for a shaving set including mug and brush.
Shampoo Bar – This 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 – 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.
It started with Soap for Japan, and now we’re expanding. In 2016, three of us are heading for 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 ancestors came from the Bohemia region of the Czech Republic. Cheryl’s father couldn’t even speak English when he started kindergarten! We have two kinds of soap and one cream scent for the Czech Republic: Czech Lime Blossom soap, sugar scrub, cream, bath salt, and candle. The flower of the Lime (or Linden) tree is their 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. Then there is Ceske Pivo soap. Translation: “Czech Beer”. We’ve read that the Czech people are serious about their beer, so we purchased an imported Czech beer to use in place of goat milk for the liquid of the 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 beer scent. I added a thin layer of finely-ground vanilla beans in the middle of the bar and then sprinkled some on top – both for decoration. It adds no scent – just some decoration. Half of the purchase price of these products will be used to help finance our trip. Any extra will be donated to the church in Ostrava.
Soap for Japan! Our oldest daughter recently finished an internship in Tokyo, Japan. Originally these were sold to help finance her trip. Now 50% of the purchase price of these products will go to the ministry No Greater Joy to fund the translation of their book, Good & Evil, into Japanese. Soap, cream, sea salt, sugar scrub, and candles are available in Cherry Blossom. Hinoki Wood is available in creams and a sugar scrub. I will make soap in Hinoki Wood upon request.
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. and now for those who have asked – 16-oz bottles with a pump dispenser. 2 oz. is $3.00, 4 oz is $6.00, 8 oz is $12 each, 16-oz is $20. *Note – I am currently transitioning the 2-oz and 4-oz sizes 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 sell bottles first unless jars are requested.
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.
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: Watermelon, Vanilla, Root Beer, Black Cherry (1 left), Orange-Vanilla, Lemon Lime, Buttercream, Chocolate Cream.
Bath Salt – NEW!
Real mineral salt from the Dead Sea mixed with fragrance or essential oils to match our most popular soaps, lotions, and sugar scrubs. (Will make other scents on request.) Use a tablespoon or two in a bath and immerse yourself with your favorite scent. A 4-oz jar is $4.
Votive Candle – Coming Soon!
The final touch for total immersion in your favorite scents from Farmer in Odell! Soy wax candles in our most popular soap and lotion scents. (Will make candles in other scents on request.) $3.00 each.
New Bath & Body Packages!
Intro to the Farmer – $9.00
New to our products? Buy a sampling of our favorite products at a 10% discount! One bar of Goat Milk Soap, a 2-oz Goat Milk Cream, and one lip balm. You can mix or match flavors and scents.
Gift Set – $25
1 each: Goat Milk Soap, 8-oz Goat Milk Cream, Sugar Scrub, Bath Salts, Lip Balm – any flavors or scents.
Complete Spa Experience Set – $26 (coming soon!)
Buy one each, all the same scent of: Goat Milk Soap, an 8-oz Goat Milk Cream, Sugar Scrub, Bath Salts, and Soy Candle, and save over 15%. Available in the following scents: Lavender, Plumberry Spice, Cherry Blossom, Tangerine Lime, Eucalyptus Mint, Unscented, Oatmeal/Milk&Honey, Lilac, Coconut Lemongrass, Czech Lime Blossom, Lemongrass, Lemon Lime. Want a lip balm, too? Pick any flavor to add to your Spa Set for only $1 more!
I still haven’t gotten a good online store set up, so please send me an e-mail at email@example.com. 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.