Archive | January 2013

Goat’s Milk Soap and Acne

Yes I know we have all be taught at one time or another that acne is from eating too many greasy foods or not washing one’s face (myth) but when you do get clogged pores and have an unexpected outbreak of pimples your next thing is head to the nearest drug store to find the latest ‘greatest’ product that fights that dreaded acne. Whether you are a teen or a woman in the prime of her life you may at one time or another experience breakouts and I am sure many of us if we look in our medicine cabinets we can probably open a small store of our own to sell products geared toward fighting acne.

One thing I found that when fighting these unsightly blemishes we have to understand it is more hormonal than anything but there is also the issue of battling outside forces of bad bacteria and microbes that tend to find their way to our facial pores to live.  I found that a lot of this can be alleviated with the use of Goat’s Milk incorporated in natural soaps.

Goat’s Milk contains the ideal pH level of goat’s milk helps neutralize the effect of bacteria and contaminants, which usually cause these skin infections like acne.  The natural lactic acid in Goat’s Milk is one of the leading benefits of correcting lot of skin afflictions-bet your dermatologist didn’t tell you that-and removes the dead skin cells very gently leaving you with more radiant skin.

This is why I love this little wonder so much that I try to use it in as body care creations as I can to leave the skin smoother and softer.  I didn’t realize how great this additive was until my oldest was beginning to show signs of pimples.  Most of the time I have to remind him wash your face you have to wash it twice a day because of the elements and the bacteria that your face can come susceptible to.  I had done a test, first I told him to use one of my soaps that I hadn’t put milk into and wanted to see how it would do.  After about 2 weeks I noticed his face was very clear and looked moisturized and smooth in those places that the blemishes hadn’t gotten to but still wasn’t clearing his face as I would have liked.  Then I gave him the bar that had milk in it and within 3 days I noticed how much the acne had ‘calmed down’, they seemed to almost revert and after about a week and 1/2 the dark marks that were beginning to form were actually lightening up on his face. It was so amazing to me that I got rid of all the acne ointments and astringents that seemed to dry his skin out, even those that said they were for sensitive skin.

Now a days I don’t even need to ask if he has washed his face, I know if the acne starts to take hold with a vengeance, and just tell him get in there and wash that face.


Spearmint and Milk Soap

Here is one of my simpler recipes for 1 lb Milk Based Soap:

Distilled Water        6 oz

Sodium Hydroxide   2.2oz

Babassu Oil 4 oz

Palm Kernel Oil 3oz

Castor Oil      3 oz

Olive Oil        6oz

Avocado Butter   .05 oz

Powdered Goat’s Milk   1 oz

I added some Spearmint leaves to this batch you see pictured (1tbs)

I really cant say enough about the qualities and benefits of adding goat’s milk to your natural skincare products, especially your soaps   Babies will also benefit from it’s qualities simply because it has all of the nutrients as mother’s milk and to bathe with it just aids the skin in needed moisturizing even before you step out of the tub.

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The New Baby Oil: Watermelon Seed Oil


Who doesn’t love a juicy piece of ripe fresh watermelon? Everyone in my family loves watermelon (well accept the fussy 3-year-old) and when I came across this fabulous natural oil,Watermelon Seed Oil,via the process of cold pressing the seeds, about 3 years ago, in the midst of trying to create a serum for my then 15 month old whose knees and feet began to feel like ‘alligator skin’ and nothing was working for his young skin.  I needed something that was going to help revert that skin back to the baby soft smooth and moisturized skin he had from birth.

Watermelon seed oil is used in baby formulations, creams, lotions, soaps, and eye creams. This oil is good for balancing oil production, while being restorative & nourishing in action. The neutrality of watermelon oil makes it a perfect oil to blend for body or facial oils being effective on greasy skin types. The light texture, moisturizer capabilities and stable shelf life of watermelon seed oil lends it to be a highly suitable addition to natural baby oil formulations. Unlike mineral oil that is a common ingredient in commercial baby oils, watermelon seed oil does not clog pores and eventually helps the body to naturally eliminate toxins through the skin.Watermelon Seed Oil

Watermelon Seed Oil is highly nourishing yet it is light oil with good absorption properties. It is a good choice for use with oily skin but can be effective with all skin types. Hence Water Melon seed oil is added to skin care formulations for all skin types, including dry, oily, acne-prone or maturing skin as it is rich in essential fatty acids which help to restore elasticity to the skin.
The high content of omega acids & Linoleic acid within the oil assist in the removal of excess sebum within the skin ensuring the skin is cleansed. The oil from the watermelon seeds can be used to dissolve the oil build up in the pores. So it is best for oily skin.

I use this oil in my facial products but next I will be creating baby skin care products using this fabulous oil…STAY TUNED!