Our new Step – Goat Milk Stuff

Ever notice that once you become a mother, it gives you the strangest new addictions.
Like SIPPY CUPS? Am I the only one who loves finding cool sippy cups for my kids?
Caleb now laughs when I ask him if he wants a sippy. He tells me “no, a straw and a cup.” πŸ™‚

One thing that has stood out to me over the years however are ingredients in baby soaps, lotions & shampoos.

I always remember wondering “what on earth is in this stuff?” after reading through a label…
I pretty much pushed those questions from my mind over the years, just because…
After all, they used the Johnson and Johnson soaps in the hospital on all 3 of my boys. Its just what you use, right?

For years now I have been using natural soaps for myself.
I purchased them through a site called THE LOTE TREE for a good while… but she has since stopped selling online… so I had to find more shops.

The thing is, if Im using them, why not my kids?

IMG_3044Why am I washing my babies with soaps filled with things I have no knowledge of?

There is a website called SKIN DEEP that list THOUSANDS of products… from toothpaste – make up – & of course soaps.

You would be amazed at what is actually packed into these many “popular” baby products…

Skin Deep is a NON PROFIT organization that spent who knows how many hours, days, months, years… compiling this information… and why?


“Because the FDA doesn’t require companies to test their own products for safety.”

Im not going to go through all sorts of baby products here…
You can learn all about that over at the SKIN DEEP website
but I figured id list one of the most popular baby washes I’ve seen used… and actually one IVE USED MYSELF…

HUGGIES baby wash – extra gentle:

Has these moderately hazardous ingredients in it.

PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Fragrance, PEG-150 Distearate, Quaternium-15, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Citric Acid

Now what do those actually do?

Heres a quick list of what each ingredient is linked to.

β€’ parabens – may cause breast cancer due to hormone mimicking properties
β€’ fragrance – often means Diethyl Phthalate or DEP, which is an endocrine disruptor that has been linked to reproductive and genital abnormalities
β€’ propylene glycol (Disodium PEG-12 Dimethicone sulfosuccinate) – FDA says is safe for general use but can cause cancer and contains toxins that affect reproduction
β€’ sodium laureth sulfate – can cause skin and eye damage
β€’ PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine and PEG-150 Distearate – unless vacuum stripped, contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which has been identified as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
β€’ Quaternium-15 – may release formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen and can cause contact dermatitis from preservatives.
β€’ Citric Acid – can cause burning in the eyes.

Now my point to posting all this is NOT to make those who use these soaps feel bad.

I for one can admit I like the smell of these soaps and I have used them on all my children… UNTIL NOW.

It was just the convenient thing to do… so I thought.

Dr’s handed these samples out at the hospital… there are coupons in the paper…
Walmart sells it, and walmarts, well, its right there… so for me, It just seemed easiest.

But there are many more options out there for us moms…
and it didnt have to cost me $15 a bottle for the “so called organic brands – or more natural stuff.”

IMG_8587The soaps I am now using on my kids (and myself) are from a website called

GOAT MILK STUFF
I was introduced to this shop by Jennifer over at MckMama. Many of you may read her blog πŸ™‚ – its packed full of awesome information.

They smell amazing…
and the lather is perfect.
& best of all, they really are affordable.

My kids have since learned that their soap doesn’t come from a bottle πŸ™‚
– but rather a bar, that they rub on a loafa and are good to go.

I have also opted not to use conventional shampoos on my kids.

That’s an entirely new post on its own πŸ™‚ and maybe I can get away with this because I have boys πŸ˜‰ but I just dont see why its needed as long as we bathe our kids properly… and scrub their head well. If they are really messy, rub a little bar soap on their head, it works fine.

AGAIN, I have boys… and no tangles πŸ™‚ – if I had a girl with curls, I can imagine needing some detangler or something.

I have tried the “no shampoo” route… but I am just not there yet. I do however skip days washing my hair, and just rinse it to style.. so instead of washing with shampoo 7 days a week, I am down to like 3.

I think we have to take baby steps in these processes… and these are just some of mine.

Want to give it a try?

PJ over at Goat Milk Stuff has agree’d to issue my readers a special 10% off promotional coupon code! If you purchase any soap or products from her website, use “drea10” at check out to save 10%.

That promo code is only good until Nov 11th! So act fast.
The soap PACKAGES would make great christmas gifts πŸ˜‰ hint hint, wink wink.

soaps

Any time you order from her site you also earn points.. which then equals discounts for you. Each order also qualify you for free samples! Its really a great deal and her soaps go a long way!

PJ btw is a mother of 8!! YES 8… and she uses goat milk soap on all her kids.
I got to share a picture of her beautiful family…

goatsoapfam

*Learn more about PJ and her Family HERE*

ALSO if you want to try making your own wash for baby… heres a recipe I found online today…

NOTE: I have never used this recipe… but it looks like it be fun to try.
(I would not use it if you have milk allergies)

Baby Bath Milk
1 cup powdered milk
ΒΌ cup corn starch
ΒΌ cup finely ground oats
2-3 drops lavender, rose, or chamomile essential oils

Mix ingredients together and put in a shaker style bottle. To use, sprinkle a small amount in warm bath water.
Recipe taken from HERE.

Like I said before. This isnt a “Ooooo Im more eco-chic because I use natural soaps” πŸ™‚ – It really is just a choice I felt was important and I wanted to share why I chose to do so.

If you have any natural products you love, list them! I love learning about new things.

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Again shop www.goatmilkstuff.com – using the promo “drea10” and save 10% – valid through Nov. 11th


*Note: Another goat milk shop I recently learned about that I have to give a quick shout out as well, is the Thankful Goat. Shes a local in my area and her soaps are incredible too. She doesn’t have an official shop up yet, but I have been encouraging her to do so! So maybe in time I can link you all to an etsy shop for her, but for now her blog has info on how to order from there as well.

disclosure: Goat Milk Stuff did not send me any free soaps. I bought all of these myself. The only thing I requested was for a promotional code to help you all get your jump start on buying these awesome soaps. To those curious what soap I use on myself. I use two kinds. Main soap is the ORGANIC CASTILE & the TEA TREE one. I got the boys a cotton scent I believe as well.

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About dreawood

32 Yr old Mom to 4 boys. Married to a former Cop who now Pastors a Evangelical church in SC. Professional Photographer and random blogger @ www.dreawood.com
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13 Responses to Our new Step – Goat Milk Stuff

  1. Stacey says:

    Nice post! I love Skin Deep too, and use it often. The one thing that I have yet to find is a good hand soap that doesn’t burn my hands (eczema). Even the all natural liquid ones I have tried just burn. And my family is not so fond of bar soaps for hand washing πŸ™‚ I’m going to check out those goat milk soaps. I’ve heard about goat milk soaps many times, but never tried them… now I will!

    • Dreawood says:

      @Stacey, I actually use normal soaps for hand washing still, but hope to change that some time too. Im not a fan of bar soaps for hand washing. Not sure why. To many slippery lil hands LOL and soap flying πŸ™‚ I can keep it contained in a tub, but the counter would be a different story.

      I however cant wash my hands a lot. I choose to be careful what I touch, and if I do touch something I know was dirty, I do wash, but i try to only wash the palm of my hand, not the entire hand. I just cant. If I do my hands break out in horrible rashes and cracks. So im with you there!

      Goat Milk Stuff also has a BOTTLE SOAP, its not as pure as the bar soaps, but I hear its a lot more mild on the hands.. so might look into that too. πŸ™‚

      I need a goat milk soap fund haha, cause I keep going back to her shop ooing over all the soaps and products.

  2. Stacey says:

    Hehe πŸ™‚ I haven’t bought soap in a while, cause I do the same thing. I buy too many at a time! I might just try the bottle soap and see what it’s like. I need to go check Skin Deep too, and see if there are any more mainstream brands that would be safe.

  3. Anna says:

    I’ve been wanting to try the goat milk soap ever since MckMama mentioned them on her website! I just haven’t taken the plunge yet πŸ˜‰ I realized today that I’m paying $4 a bar for Bert’s Bees soap and it’s only a 4oz bar…so maybe I’ll actually save money πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you wrote about this and now I’ll have to actually buy some!

  4. Brynna says:

    Okay, that picture makes me want to buy a bunch of that soap simply because it looks beautiful! πŸ˜‰

    I want to use more goats milk soaps, too. Actually, I just want my own goat to milk and go from there. LOL But that’s at least 6 months away. I definitely agree with avoiding all of those nasty ingredients. We avoid parabens like the plague (in my breast cancer research- my mom was diagnosed 2 years ago so it’s an important topic to me- they’ve actually found parabens IN breast cancer tissue cells! That’s a HUGE red flag to me!!!), and SLS is just downright icky considering it’s a foaming agent for CLEANERS, and they put it in our body care products and our toothpaste! Gross.

    Have you ever heard of Rose of Sharon Acres? (http://www.roseofsharonacres.com/) They sell a lot of goats milk products, but she also sells tooth chips, which I’ve been using off and on for a couple of years now. They take some getting used to, but I really like the result. I’ve recently been learning more about toothpastes and how useless they really are, and how we need things like baking soda to kill off the bacteria that cause oral infections (which can also be underlying infections for problems in other areas of the body!). I have an interesting YouTube video about it if you’re interested, but it’s of a microscopic slide and that grosses some people out. LOL

  5. Brynna says:

    Oh yeah, is this coupon code not valid yet? I went to use it just now and it says it’s not available.

    • Dreawood says:

      @Brynna, Hi Brynna, thanks for the heads up. Did you use “drea10” all lower case? Im going to msg PJ and make sure she activates it now.
      Let me know if you did all lowercase.

      Im off to look at that website! and i agree on the tooth paste too, thats a step im taking very soon. My boys use burt bee tooth paste currently, switching them at this age will be hard, they love a sweet tasting paste πŸ™‚ burts bees has been a happy medium for now haha…

  6. Stacey says:

    Oh, I use tooth chips from Rose of Sharon Acres!!! Love em! Every time I decide to try normal toothpaste again, I notice that my teeth start to hurt, and I get bad breath really fast. I almost always have fresh breath when I use tooth chips. I totally forgot that she also sells soap. Maybe I can get a better deal through her, since I need to order more tooth chips now anyway. Thanks Brynna!

  7. Stef says:

    I’m loving these posts of yours! Very informative and educational. My husband will be thrilled, because every time I’ve gone the “all natural” route, it seems to cost us a TON of money that we just don’t have.
    So I’m glad you shared this information and the website where I can get it much cheaper.
    When we got our soft water R/O system a few years back, the company gave us a huge box of bars of soap that they call “oatmeal soap”. I asked the salesman “is it really made with oatmeal?” and he said “yep! all natural stuff and none of that harsh, cancer causing junk”. That was literally the first time I had ever heard that the regular stuff most people use can actually be BAD for us. So I began researching it and we’ve definitely changed our ways. Not sure I’ll ever buy Johnson and Johnson again – even their 99.9% natural line. Ugh.

    Awesome post – thanks for the links!

  8. scatterbrain says:

    Sigh!!! When I see posts like these, all I can do is sigh! There is nowhere in my entire country (India) where I can get goats milk soaps! But I can make the baby bath milk in your recipe here, though! Thank you so much for this.

    • Dreawood says:

      @scatterbrain, Goat Milk Stuff ships internationally but im sure its not cheap to do that πŸ™‚
      etsy might have some sellers in india that sell it tho!
      i see lots of india sellers on etsy for jewelry… so why not soap? πŸ™‚ never know

  9. Bridget says:

    My son has TERRIBLE excema. I have tried everything under the sun – I am currently using Cetaphil. Maybe I should try these!

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