Our soapmaking journey started when our first child arrived with severely dry skin. We focus on Goat Milk Soap because we believe the milk itself has a PH level that is similar to the skin of a human body. #GoatMilkSoapNZ is the hashtag we use to help people find us across various media.
Then we started buying pure soap from Japan. Finally, following comment from Junko’s mother, we thought about making our own soap.
Neil tells the story like this. “We’ve been part of the “maker community” since mum’s cousin came back from a visit to “Rocky”, where she watched a clip on the Bradie Bunch*. It was about a woman with goats. That was the beginning of us making things as a family. In the TV clip, the story has it that a lady gets some goats, then goes on to make a business out of selling goat milk soap in Australia.
Neil continues the story by saying, “Junko had been asking me to get goats for a while, so I said, ‘If you can make soap we can get goats’.” So she did.
That’s how we started the Goat Milk Soap NZ journey
The purpose of this site is to offer dry skin sufferers hope. The Smith Family Soapmakers create natural care products for dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.
Dry skin is a common problem, and a common solution is to layer the skin with man-made products from a factory. Of course, these factory-made solutions are consistent, convenient, and widely available. But our family prefers natural skincare options.
Do you hate using soap because it dries your skin?
Milk Relief Soap™ was designed especially for one family’s hypersensitive skin. We didn’t want an artificial solution or a store-bought detergent bar. We wanted natural care for our skin. As you browse through the site you’ll learn a little about how we came to create our unique simple soap for those who can’t use soap. I mean, it’s so simple it’s almost too much to believe.
Having had so much trouble with soap in the past, hearing Milk Relief Soap™ was “good for your skin” was very hard to believe.
“I thought to myself ‘Unscented’ is easy to believe. But I’m going to have to see if it’s true when they say that ‘it’s going to be very good for your skin.’ Having had so much trouble with soap in the past, it was very hard to believe.
This sounds a little extreme – but I’ve had to use face wash for super-sensitive skin to clean myself because it was the only thing my body would not react strongly to. Now I can use Milk Relief Soap™. It is simple and earth friendly – ‘pure’ is the best word I can think of to describe it.
Since I’ve started using it, I actually look forward to using Milk Relief Soap™ every morning. I feel, ‘oh this is so nice!’ It’s just a pleasure to use it. Best of all – I feel clean! I never realized how the face wash didn’t clean well at all.”
Marina Brito, a satisfied customer
DC Metro Area, USA
I remember not being able to get your soap after the Christchurch earthquake
“I am a long time customer. As an eczema sufferer, I love this soap. I remember not being able to get your soap after the Christchurch earthquake and that the epicentre of the September, 2010 quake was right under your farm* – thanks for all your hard work!!
Cathy Clark, a long time customer
Waikato, New Zealand.
*The Bradie Bunch has nothing to do with a house in LA, that featured on a TV show first, in 1969!