Which Soap works best for dry or problem skin?
From our customer feedback, we find that what brings the most relief
varies from person to person. If the cause of their problem is
sensitivities to chemicals, any of our goat milk soap will bring relief.
Most people with problem skin use our Tea Tree soap. For those with dry
skin our most popular are Baby Me, Buttermilk, Rich, and Oat &
Why do you use goat milk?
Milk has been used as a cleanser and beauty aid for centuries. Goat
milk, however, has special qualities—some that are still not fully
understood. It is used universally by people with sensitivities to other
types of milk for everything from feeding babies to bathing. The goat
milk we use is fresh, not powdered. Unlike powdered goat milk, fresh
goat milk is loaded with vitamins (D, B6, C, E), milk sugars, proteins,
& butterfat. Goat milk also contributes a thicker lather to the soap
than water (the common alternative), and is a natural source of
Alpha-hydroxy acids. Recent studies indicate that Alpha-hydroxy acids
rejuvenate your skin making you look and feel smoother and younger.
Our small batch size and handcrafted production process allows us to
create the highest-quality bar of soap around. Glycerin, a naturally
occurring moisturizer, is produced in soap and helps draw moisture to
your skin. Commodity soap and detergent manufactures process their
product to take out the glycerin and sell it as a valuable byproduct. By
keeping the natural glycerin in the soap, you get a wonderfully
moisturizing bar of soap, that actually moisturizes your skin as you use
More and more people are discovering the truth about commodity soaps
(go ahead and read the label on any one of them). They are finding out
that they are not soaps but actually harsh detergents. Detergents strip
oils out of the skin removing the naturally present moisturizing oils
along with the soil. This is why you skin feels dry and uncomfortable
Handcrafted soaps gently lift the soil on your skin into suspension
so it can be washed away. Handcrafted soap leaves glycerin and other
moisturizing oils behind making you skin softer and moisturized.
After regularly using handcrafted soap you may find that you no
longer need to apply lotions and creams after bathing. So why not treat
yourself to a bar of handcrafted soap? You skin will thank you for it.
Why not a goat milk shampoo?
Thank you to all the customers that have written us to tell us how
much you like our soaps and wish we would also make a shampoo. A good
shampoo is actually quite a bit different from soap. One of the main
differences is that it has a lower pH that is more friendly to your
hair. One of the problems this creates is that lowering the pH provides
an environment in which gram-negative bacteria are able to thrive.
Nearly all gram-negative bacteria are harmful. The way most companies
deal with this is by putting a synthetic preservative in the shampoo.
While using a synthetic preservative is certainly healthier than using a
shampoo full of harmful bacteria, it's not something we're planning on
doing any time soon. We are currently researching ways to preserve
shampoo naturally, but don't have any kind of time frame on when we may
release a shampoo.
How is your soap made?
All of our soap is made in small batches. Every batch is guaranteed.
We allow our soaps to naturally air dry for at least four weeks. Drying
is necessary to make a mild bar of soap and allows the soap to last
longer as well. Get the full scoop and a sweet video of our production
process over here.
What's different about your soap?
Soap making is a delicate blend of art and science. Because of the
temperamental reactions of the ingredients—goat milk, vegetable oils,
and alkali—it's very tricky to create a soap that uses goat milk as a
base ingredient instead of water, especially fresh goat milk.
We use something called the cold process method to handcraft
our soaps in small batches. This just means that we don't add heat
during the soap-making chemical reaction. This helps preserve the
naturally occurring properties of the milk and oils we use. Goat milk is
rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals and nourishing to your skin.
We do everything possible to preserve these properties. The result;
Alabu's soap moisturizes, soothes, and softens your skin naturally. Try a
bar. We think you will love how it makes you feel!
We are committed to making natural bath and body products that gently
yet thoroughly cleanse and moisturize. Our ingredients contain no
artificial preservatives or colors. Most people with sensitive skin find
they can use our scented products with good results, but for our
friends with especially delicate complexions we also offer unscented
How much goat milk is in a bar of your soap?
We use farm fresh goat milk. We use no powdered milk, and we add zero
water. That means over 1/4 of our handmade soap recipe is pure goat milk
and there is almost 1oz of goat milk in each handmade bath bar.
Why do you make soap?
We have been asked that many times over the past few years. The answer
is simple, we like what it does for our skin :). Once you try Alabu's
handmade soap and realize what a difference it makes, you'll be hooked,
too. Most people find they eliminate or significantly reduce the amount
of lotion they use when they start using our handmade soap. No kidding!
Do I need to do anything special to take care of my soap?
You don't have to do anything, but there are a couple of things you can
do to get the most out of your soap. We recommend using a soap dish that
drains. Your soap will last much longer if it is allowed to breath and
"dry" after each use.
What is lye?
Lye is a pretty loosely defined term, but it always means either raw
sodium hydroxide, or sodium hydroxide mixed with water. Sodium hydroxide
is a strong caustic alkali (or base). This highly alkaline substance is
neutralized when combined with fats or oils to form soap. All soap
(commodity or handmade) requires sodium hydroxide or another strong
alkali to create soap.
Where does the lye go in soap?
Soap is produced when a fatty acid is combined with an alkali (for bar
soap, almost always sodium hydroxide A.K.A. lye) in a process called
saponification. The alkali causes the fatty acid to be split into two
parts: the major fatty part (a carbon chain) and glycerin. Once this
happens, sodium joins with the carbon chain to produce soap. Soaps are
usually produced by combining fats or oils with lye, soda (Na2CO3). In
this process the alkali is used up in the reaction. In our soap, we
actually use much less alkali than is required. The result is that there
is absolutely zero chance of there being any alkali leftover, and
there's also extra moisturizing oils in the bar to help soften, soothe,
and moisturizer your skin!
What's the difference between fragrance & essential oils?
Essential Oils are extracted from the plant. Fragrance oils are aroma
compounds blended to duplicate a particular fragrance. Some fragrance
oils contain essential oils. We use only pure fair trade essential oils
in our products.
Do you test any of your products on animals?
Absolutely not! No animal testing is performed. We formulate all of our
products, and the ingredients we use are all top-quality and natural. We
know how to formulate a product to give it the characteristics we are
looking for, so we are totally comfortable with testing the products on
our own skin before we offer them for sale. After we have the results
we're looking for, we ask friends and family try them to give provide
feedback on the product.