GOAT MILK SOAP
HAND CRAFTED BOUTIQUE
Due to a long-term family commitment, O's Soap is temporarily closed. (07-16-2023)
Welcome to O’s Handcrafted Goat Milk Soap & Boutique. At O’s Soap & Boutique, our products are handcrafted to provide you with products of the highest quality, from our soaps to bath accessories to our incense. Since 2007, O’s Handcrafted Goat Milk Soap & Boutique has been a family owned and operated business. Our soap is handmade in Fruitland, Idaho. Currently, (08-20-22) O' Handcrafted Goat Milk Soap is using fresh, raw goat milk from Treasured Sunrise Acres, Parma, Idaho, in all their products. This family owned goat farm (my heroes!) provides the absolutely best raw and pasturized goat milk anywhere I have found. Check them out! Treasured Sunrise Acres rocks!!!
***UPDATE, AUGUST 20, 2020 O's Soap is back at the Nampa Farmers' Market on 08-22-20
Additionally, Oprah, Ruby and Daphne are currently retired and living a life of retirement luxury in southwestern Idaho. The below information is where we started in 2007....
"O" (known as Oprah in her daily life), is an Alpine/Saanen cross-breed of Swiss dairy goats and Oprah’s best girlfriend, Ruby, is a purebred Nubian. They live a life of luxury in Fruitland, Idaho.
Oprah and Ruby are hand-milked daily. Historians contend that a goat milk bath was a vital part of Cleopatra’s daily beauty regime. Goat milk is naturally homogenized—the fat does not readily separate from the milk. Goat milk is a product that naturally nourishes your skin. Our goat milk is made into yogurt and then used as the liquid base in the soap-making process. Our yogurt produces a rich and creamy, long-lasting lather like no other soap you have tried.
Join us at O’s Handcrafted Goat Milk Soap & Boutique to find just exactly what you need! To learn more about O's unique line of soaps and personal care products, check out our store!
Keep checking back, as we will be adding new products to our inventory. Some of our upcoming projects include goat milk lotion, liquid goat milk soaps, hair pomades and bath salts.
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Family Owned & Operated
MEET OUR STAFF
Oprah, Ruby and Daphne are the core of our business. Without them, O’s Soap would not exist. Back in 2006, we acquired dairy goats because of a lactose-intolerant family member. An over-abundance of goat milk started our journey making goat milk soap. We were drinking goat milk and making a variety of goat milk cheeses and other edibles and needed another way to use up the milk.
An ISDA permit is required to be able to sell the milk and cheese. Since we do not have the facilities to become licensed, another way to dispose of the milk needed to be found. Researching through goat industry publications and web sites,we found the information and recipes for making soap.
Over the years, there have been a number of experiments with a variety of soap recipes. Each had their good points, but the two recipes we exclusively use provide the most luxurious, long-lasting, sudsy lather ever experienced. Experience clean like never before with O’s Handcrafted Goat Milk Soap!
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PRODUCTS & PROCESS
MAKING OUR SOAP
At O’s Soap, we use two processes to produce our bar soap—the hot process and the cold process. The process we choose is dependent on the “flashpoint” of the essential or fragrance oil.*
Hot process soap-making allows the chemical reaction to be completed by the end of the cooking process (2-3 hours), but the mixture does reach temperatures of 180⁰ or higher. This heating and cooking process can cause a slight discoloration of the finished soap. Hot process soap requires fragrance oils or essential oils with a flashpoint of 180⁰ or greater. Cold process soap allows the chemical reaction to happen over a curing period of eight to ten weeks, with temperatures remaining low enough for the fragrance of low temperature essential and fragrance oils to remain intact.
All of O’s soaps are made by hand, in small quantities, with high quality ingredients. We use time-tested recipes and ingredients to produce the highest quality soaps. At O’s, we support our local communities through the purchase of locally produced ingredients whenever possible. Ingredients not purchased locally are purchased from businesses that support sustainable agriculture and farming practices.
An essential oil is a liquid that is generally distilled (most frequently by steam or water) from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots, or other elements of a plant. Essential oils, contrary to the use of the word "oil", are not really oily-feeling at all. Most essential oils are clear, but some oils such as patchouli, orange and lemongrass are amber or yellow in color, which can provide a slight coloring to the soap.
An essential oil contains the true essence of the plant it was derived from. Essential oils are highly concentrated and a little goes a long way.
The peppermint essential oil we use is produced by Hamanishi Farms in Fruitland, Idaho. The honey we use comes from Oasis Honey in Caldwell, Idaho. Our wrapping paper and plastic mold liners are recycled, end-of-rolls from local frozen food producers. Our base oils are purchased from Glory Bee Foods in Eugene, Oregon. All of our soap is handmade, hand-cut, wrapped and labeled.
Our essential oil and unscented soaps are made from olive pomace oil, goat milk yogurt, coconut oil, avocado oil, castor oil and sodium hydroxide (lye).
Fragrance oils are artificially created fragrances. They are specifically designed to mimic the scent of a natural product (such as coffee or strawberry fragrance) or are created to invoke a feeling (for example “stress relief”). The range of fragrance oil scents is enormous.
Our fragrance oil soaps are made from partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, goat milk yogurt, pomace olive oil, safflower oil, sodium hydroxide (lye) and fragrance oil.
Our Soap Socks are hand-sewn from tulle in a variety of colors. All you need to do is open the soap sock, drop in an unwrapped bar of our soap and close the soap sock, securing it with the cord stopper. Your soap sock is now ready for use. Your soap is safely contained in the soap sock and won’t go flying out of your hand when wet—just get your soap and soap sock wet and you are ready to scrub head-to-toe. When you finish your bath, hang your soap sock on a hook and let it dry.
Letting your soap dry and not sit in a puddle of water prolongs the life of any soap (yes, even store-bought soaps will melt into a slimy blob if allowed to remain wet).
Soap socks can be purchased individually in our store, where you can choose your favorite color.
Soap sock shades may vary slightly from the photograph. The color of the pull-cord and cord stopper may vary from the photograph.
Once you have tried our incense sticks, you will not use any other kind. We buy unscented incense sticks, then soak them in fragrance oil and DPG.** When the incense sticks have soaked up all of this mixture they can, they are pulled out of the mixture and allowed to drain and dry. Our incense is then packaged by hand. Because we make incense in small quantities, our incense is always fresh so you can enjoy your favorite fragrance.
*A fragrance or essential oil flashpoint is the temperature at and above which a liquid gives off enough flammable vapor to form a mixture with air that can be ignited by contact with a hot surface, spark, or flame.
**DPG, or Di-Prpolyne Glycol is an odorless and colorless solvent used for making incense smolder and release its fragrance.