About Our Products

Why no petroleum products?

Soap is the oldest cleanser around. It is created by a chemical reaction between oils, water and lye. Although lye is used to make soap there is no lye left after the saponification process (the chemical reaction that makes soap) is complete. There is no such thing as a bar of soap that was made without the use of lye. Glycerin soap is made as a by-product of lye soap or suing synthetic glycerin (a petroleum product).  Different kinds of soap are made using a variety of carrier oils. Both animal & plant oils can be used in the soap making process, each adding different qualities to the soap.

Goat’s milk is the foundation of my soaps at Westfarm Goats. This super-moisturizing, hand-made soap may also contain honey from a producer in Aspen Park as well as dried lavender, rosemary and other herbs grown outside my backdoor. I use only high quality essential oils, and various carrier oils such as coconut, olive, red palm and  grapeseed. No GMO, petroleum products, or extra chemicals are added.

Petroleum is not a “moisturizer,” but rather a “barrier” which means it has no moisturizing properties of its own and reinforces or seals the moisture provided by other sources into your skin. Petroleum is a derivative of crude oil that is used industrially as a cutting fluid and lubricating oil. Mineral oil forms an oily film over the skin to lock in moisture, toxins and wastes, but hinders normal skin respiration by keeping oxygen out. It blocks the pores and the skin’s natural respiration.

Petrolatum is listed as a probable human carcinogen in the European Union’s Dangerous Substances Directive and is linked to cancers such as breast cancer. It is toxic to the nervous system and depending on manufacturing processes can contain many harmful contaminants such as PAHs.

 They put WHAT in commercial soap?!

Conventional Bar Soaps

Much of the soap available in the store today is not really soap at all, but a detergent. Detergents are a petroleum based product, like gasoline and kerosene. Have you ever noticed how regular soap leaves your skin feeling dry, itchy and tight? Alkali, the most common irritant in soap is often the culprit. Other ingredients in mass-marketed soap have been proven harmful to human health and can cause severe skin irritations in some people. These include ingredients such as DEA, Isopropyl Alcohol, BHT and Triclosan (commonly found in anti-bacterial soap). 

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: {Other names = sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate} Animals exposed to SLS experience eye damage, central nervous system depression, labored breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation, and even death. SLS may also damage the skin’s immune system by causing layers to separate and inflame. SLS is known to cause skin inflammation, and may mimic estrogens, cause hair loss, and damage teeth. It is a mutagen and a potential carcinogen.

Synthetic Fragrances: Most Products will simply say "Fragrance" which means any combination of the cheapest 200 synthetic, toxic ingredients the company can find. These can cause headaches, dizziness, rashes, violent coughing, vomiting, skin irritations etc. In fact, fragrances are the most common cause of allergies and irritant reactions to cosmetics.

Despite the fact that petroleum based surfactants (sodium myreth sulfate) are widely used in many commercialized soaps, body washes and body care products, it truly is one of those ingredients that women (and their families) seeking a healthy, clean soap should avoid.  Not only does it strip the skin of its natural oils; but it is usually combined with other harmful ingredients (such as parabens/preservatives, synthetic fillers, artificial colorings and synthetic fragrances).  Petrochemicals are known carcinogens and in particular studies, they have been found in elevated levels in the breast tissue of women diagnosed with breast cancer (when compared to the breast tissue of women without breast cancer).

This is why you will never find petroleum products in the soap made by Westfarm Goats.

Why goats’ milk?

All Westfarm Goats soaps contain fresh goat’s milk from my dairy herd of Nubians, French Alpines and Oberhaslis goats located in the Colorado mountains near Conifer.

Many people are still washing their skin with soap made with water. Switching to soap made with goat milk can truly benefit your skin’s health. Goat milk soap is wonderful for people with dry or sensitive skin, or conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is also perfect for healthy skin that wants to stay that way. Unprocessed milk fresh from the herd of Westfarm Goats contains many benefits.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. This leaves new cells on the surface of your skin that are smoother and younger looking. The alpha-hydroxy acids are so effective because they break down the bonds that hold the dead skin cells together. Removing dead skin cells will help many skin conditions by removing irritation. Water-based soaps may use harsh chemical acids to accomplish this, frequently with skin-damaging results.

Vitamins. Goat milk contains many vitamins, but is particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin. There have been several medical studies showing that creams made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne, and provide some psoriasis relief. Water-based soaps can be artificially fortified with vitamins, but most aren’t.

Cream. The fat molecules in the cream that is present in goat milk helps boost the moisturizing quality of goat milk soaps. Since many people suffer from dry skin, particularly in the cold winter months, this is an important quality for soap. Goat milk soap will not dry your skin out like many other soaps. This is important because keeping skin naturally moisturized helps keep skin healthy.

Minerals. Goat milk contains important minerals for the skin such as selenium. Selenium is believed by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer. Selenium can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun. Although the water used in other soaps may contain minerals such as calcium, sodium, or iron (commonly found in tap water), that’s not much help when it comes to your skin.

Photos courtesy of:  Povy Kendal Atchison, www.povy.com