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Spring 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.

Spring, 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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Goat Kid and Kitty Reunion (What did the goat kid say to deserve this look?)

What did the goat kid say to the cat?

The Goat Kid and Kitty Reunion. This Goat Kid video is 12 months old. The kitty had been for a wander, and we hadn’t been able to find her. Then she just turns up again and is all friendly.

(This article originally appeared on our equally important New Zealand site,

Some of you will know what happened, just from those words… That was then, now we have 2 friendly cats. One is from a litter of 4 born in the barrel the goat kid and kitty are sleeping under.

Goat Milk Soap New Zealand channel shows you our approach to natural farming for 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 skin care options.

We created soap designed especially for one family’s hypersensitive skin.

After we get an order, they are shipped within 1-2 business days directly from the farm. No AMAZON! No middle man. You can buy direct from our farm, and you can see our goats in the field, right here on this channel, uploaded by the Smith Family Soapmakers.

The reunion of Goat Kid and Kitty was a year ago, at the time of this post. It is important to note that at the time of posting this, New Zealand post is providing great tracking for all of our orders. They are sent directly from our farm and factory. But, if you order 12 or more bars headed to the USA, you get the added benefit of DHL Express!

Did you find this article interesting?

We, the Smith Family Soapmakers have a farm, and we post videos of the goats from time to time. We would love to share articles like this and farm updates with you by email. To find out more, click through to the newsletter page of this site. Firstly, let’s show some appreciation for those who have helped to get this content to you today.

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They love our soap in Long Island, New York.

Could this location be much more different than Long Island, New York?

Why Long Island?

New York City and the Long Island metro area are some of the areas we see our soap being sent to often. The harsh environment that a Northern US winter offers will have a drying effect on people’s skin, I am sure. But this much we have noticed over the years of sending soap to the USA.

They love our soap in New York. From the banks of the Hudson River to the heights of Calverton National Cemetery, we’ve sent soap near there!

How does it get delivered?

Over the years our options for sending to the USA have been reliant on New Zealand Post partners. At first, there were limited tracking “Air Parcel” options. Then that was upgraded to an EMS partnership with NZPost and USPS. That option remains. But starting soon, we will be offering DHL Express options as well. delivered by DHL Express to New York AirCargo News image
Screenshot of DHL Express delivery New York metropolitan area.

Incidentally, in the State of New York, DHL Express has a heavy presence in Long Island. We reentered an arrangement with DHL Express in New Zealand. The service is literally door to door, from our rural location to your location, anywhere DHL Express delivers.

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October 2021 | Taking A Break With The Kids

October 2021 brought the 1 year anniversary for the triplets and some of our herd cohort. It was a tough 12 months!

October 2021 These kids appear in the channel banner, as of October- November 2021.

As farmers, we were looking forward to the arrival of the 12-month stage. Goat kids at 12 months are called yearlings, or goatlings. They change colour, develop personality and become more predictable.

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Goats Grazing Videos

Goats Grazing Videos
Goats Frolicking Down Hill
Golden peace for the goat milk herd | Grazing goats video
How many goat can you see grazing in this video?
The goats return to the shed after an afternoon of grazing on the hillside.
Mommy is lost! (Or so he thinks).
The babies can eat grass
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Tropical rainforest in Borneo

You want to use palm oil free soap, but then there is a list of criteria you are looking for as well. Your list might look like this:

  • No chemicals check out the ingredients
  • Unscented (no fragrance or essential oils)
  • Handmade from scratch (not “Melt and Pour”)
  • Lathers and cleans well
  • Plain
  • Mild
  • Moisturizing
  • Fair trade
  • Totally sustainable
  • 100% natural soap (not synthetic detergent)
  • Non-irritating for eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or acne
  • Organic ingredients
  • Synthetic preservatives? No
  • Animal testing (cruelty free)? No animal testing
  • Tallow or lard? None
  • Whiteners or bleaches? No
  • Colorants? No
  • Alcohol? None
  • Added water? No
  • Hydrogenated oils? None
  • SLS, sodium lauryl sulfate? Absolutely no
  • Parabens? None
  • Propylene glycol? No
  • No formaldehyde
  • Affordable for everyday use

Yes, Milk Relief Soap™ meets all of the above criteria, because they are important to us, too.