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September 2022 Is it Soap-Free? Soap Question Answered

I have purchased your soap several times now, but I am wondering is it soap free?” See below the video for our response. This question arrived in September 2022, on the 30th, to be precise.

What’s in there? (Look on the left).

Shampoo bars vs The old-fashioned way

Thanks for getting in touch. To answer your question, no, Milk Relief Soap is not a soap-free cleaning bar. Milk Relief Soap is pure soap, made the old-fashioned way.

Some people consider all soap to be bad, so below we’ll paste a response we wrote in the past to one of our enquiries from someone who thought soap was bad because it contains lye.

If you hear of any real soap being made without lye, it’s an outright lie. It is most probably a “cleansing bar” which is a concoction of synthetic ingredients.

It’s impossible to make real soap without lye, but absolutely no lye is left in soap once the oils are turned into soap. There is absolutely no alternative around. For a solid bar of soap, you need sodium hydroxide. For liquid soap, you need potassium hydroxide. Both are considered lye.

You can read more about lye in soap making here:

We agree that mass-produced soap can be very harsh and drying for your skin, but properly-saponified handmade soap is the most gentle and natural cleanser around. Soap has been around for thousands of years.

“Soap free” cleansers have all sorts of trash in them which we avoid at all costs for our family. You should do some research into how good pure soap can be.

This testimonial was taken from a real email we received from our customer in the US. She gave us permission to use it, and even supplied a photo of herself with her son. You can see it on this page:

This is unedited straight from her email:

“The soap is great ! I am very impressed with how it doesn’t irritate mine, or my sons skin. While waiting for your soap to arrive I purchased another goats milk soap in the states which came in 3 days. Although, it had very pure ingredients ( olive oil, goat milk) it caused little circular eczema patches on my son, and my left arm.  

I was ready to give up on finding a natural soap as Aleppo, marseille, castile, and another goats milk soap all caused me to itch with a rash from head to toe.

Your soap is so gentle I can use it on my face, and and as shampoo on my son. It was the first time he didn’t scream that soap was in his eyes. With every other shampoo or soap (even after its been rinsed ) it still gets in his eyes when the water streams down his face even though I thought I had rinsed him clean? It’s a constant battle washing his hair, and look forward to tearless shampooing.”

Some of our customers who have switched from “soap free” facial & body wash to Milk Relief Soap™ tell us that they never realised how their “soap free” wash wasn’t actually cleaning their skin very well, although it was gentle enough. A bar of good true bar of soap will have a powerful cleansing ability and be really gentle at the same time.

September 2022 Farm Update

This goat is alive. But her baby born was stillborn. It’s sad. It’s farming. We move on.
September 2022 was a tough month for us. The first kid born for two years was not born alive.
September 2022 was a tough month for us. The first kid born for two years was not born alive.
Thanks for sitting still. It’s time for a nibble.

Thanks for reading. If you wish to know more about the soap, a great place to start is the ingredients page because we have a selection of 6 ingredients. 4 of them are common in every household, and one disappears.

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What Is Soap? Not All Meet Bar

Is this person using soap or some other white lather?

First of all, soap is a cleaning substance. The thing which makes it soap, and allows it to exceed the definition bar, so to speak, is that it has to be created with natural substances.

We can make soap with plant oils (coconut, vegetable, palm, and pine) and perhaps acids from animal fat, including animal milk. To use the word bar, in a different way, we could say that, like a high jumper needs to reach over the bar to achieve a jump, it has to be made with natural ingredients to reach the bar or the standard of being soap.

The question we have for you today is this. “Does your cleaning bar reach the standard of a soap?

What Is Soap Without Lye? (Lye is required to meet the bar)

Soap without lye is detergent, a man-made substance. At one time people made lye with ashes. Now we can buy it in a Lilly white granule format. But it is not left in the bar of soap. Lye is like oxygen animals breathe. It disappears when you make soap just like air disappears and is replaced with carbon dioxide.

So when a bar of soap is made with natural materials, they bind with the lye and create a soap that clings together to form a bar.

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