Soap Making The Last Few Days – Using Grass Fed Tallow & Goat Buttermilk From Our Farm

Did you know tallow (rendered fat from our organic grass fed cow) is soooooo good for you? Tallow is a powerful moisturizer as It is rich in fatty aides that help form the lipids that keep skin protected and moisturized. These lipids are the same as those of human skin and thus strengthen / enhance our skin. Tallow has palmitoleic acid, stearic acid and oleic acid which are very good for your body.

Tallow helps 1) improve moisture and treats dryness in your skin, 2) helps increase skin’s flexibility and ability to heal, and 3) supports the protective barrier function of the skin.

Interestingly, tallow is believed to prevent dryness at the cellular level without suffocating the skin’s barrier as does petroleum-based lotions.

So, what are the benefits of organic goat buttermilk? Cleopatra was said to bath in goats milk soap regularly to maintain her beauty. The benefits of goat’s milk soaps comes from a combination of the lactic acid, with other naturally present acids, which work to exfoliate dead skin leaving you squeaky clean without any itching, dryness, or irritation. It does this by breaking down the bonds between dead cells so that your younger, fresher skin beneath can emerge. This means that it is ideal for all skin types, including sensitive skin, babies, or those with skin conditions.

We raise dairy goats and beef cattle organically on our farm. Thus all the buttermilk and tallow come from our own farm. We do the work from kids (baby goats) being born, through to the milking, to the making of butter and buttermilk, all to get to this step in soap making. It is a year round full time commitment on our farm. All these amazing ingredients are then brought together for you in these products.

We also use organic coconut oil. Coconut oil soap is an excellent moisturizer for both the skin and the hair. The properties of the coconut oil also help remove dead skin cells and dirt away from the body. The oils also help prevent or reduce acne. It also helps firm up your skin helps you look younger as the soap is rich in antioxidants.

Watch me make soap this week in a step by step process.

  1. I melt the olive oil, coconut oil and tallow
I am checking the temperature

2. I am outside mixing the lye and goats buttermilk.

Mixing the oils and the buttermilk lye mixture

3. In the above photo I am now mixing the buttermilk lye and the oils together. I mix this until the mixture traces.

4. While this is mixing as it can take 10 to 20 minutes, I get the molds ready.

Molds laid out over cardboard for spillage ready to pour

5. Once soap traces I add my essential oils.

6. I then carefully pour the soap into the molds.

Molds poured – soap catches on cardboard

7. I let the soap cure now. I wait about 48 hours to take the soap out of the molds. Then I take them out of the molds and cut them into bars.

8. Next, I let the soap cure for 4 to 6 weeks.

Soap on wire rack curing

9. After six weeks the bars are ready to be sold and used by my customers.

You will have an amazingly medicinal and fragrant sudsy soap bar and you’ll never want to go back to unnatural preservatives, chemical based fragrances and petroleum based soaps ever again.

We hope you check out our soaps in our store.

Please read our medical disclaimer in our apothecary tab. We post it as is required by law.

Published by HiBar Ranch, Farm & Forest

We run an organic farm in the Smoky Mountains of East TN. Our ancestors who first settled this region and were some of the first settlers of TN in the mid 1700s. We blog about farm life, off the grid, self sustainability and fiber arts/craftsmanship and lots and lots on growing your own food and building a self sufficient farm.

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