New star: goat milk soap with clay and calendula petals June 23, 2016 13:27
Although I have not come accross any scientific data regarding benefits of goat milk soap, I have heard that once you start using it, you are hooked. Apparently it helps with eczema and acne due to the fat content and the mild exfoliating effect of lactic acid. Luckinly I do not have eczema, but one thing I can say for sure about our new goat milk soap is that it is indeed extremely gentle and produces delicious creamy lather.
Our natural goat milk soap also contains ingredients that have been shown in studies to be beneficial to sensitive, atopic skin. Calendula petals were added after pouring soap batter into the mould. A couple of days later we noticed that they seeped their colour into the soap, maybe due to the high temperature that the soap batter produces when it sets, like herbs seep their colour into water when they are brewed. We also added bentonite clay, which has been shown to help with inflammation of the skin (Mahmoudi, Adib-Hajbaghery, & Mashaiekhi, 2015; Adib-Hajbaghery, Mahmoudi, & Mashaiekhi, 2014). Calendula has been traditionally used to help heal irritated or inflamed skin.
Adib-Hajbaghery, M., Mahmoudi, M., & Mashaiekhi, M. (2014). Shampoo-clay heals diaper rash faster than calendula officinalis. Nurs Midwifery Stud, 3(2), e14180.
Mahmoudi, M., Adib-Hajbaghery, M., & Mashaiekhi, M. (2015). Comparing the effects of Bentonite & Calendula on the improvement of infantile diaper dermatitis: A randomized controlled trial. Indian J Med Res, 142(6), 742-746. doi: 10.4103/0971-5916.174567