I always see those awesome homemade soaps on Etsy and similar websites. I’d yet to try it until I was able to work with Goat Milk Stuff for a review. They were quite generous with their review samples, too!
Goat milk soap is homemade and contains only natural ingredients to moisturize. The soaps have interesting swirled colors that are all natural (I’ll comment on this more!). I received basic soaps with a frothy lather, but they also make lip balm, candles, laundry soap and even soap for shaving, which is a lot of.. stuff. If you read about the soap, you’ll learn that it’s made so stay hard and last longer. It won’t get mushy as you use it, which is nice. We’ve all experienced that before.
There’s a video full of goats here!
I enjoyed picking out the scents I would enjoy. I opted for black raspberry (Yum), oatmeal milk and honey and pink sugary. The first two are easy to guess, but I wasn’t quite sure about the pink sugar. I thought it might smell like the sweet cupcake-y or cotton candy scents that I like, so I ordered a full bar.
My Goat Milk Stuff arrived quickly. Each of the soap is packaged in its own cinch sack with the name printed on it. I admit, I stripped them of their sacks right away and didn’t even notice, so I had to tell them apart my scent. Unfortunately, Goat Milk Stuff isn’t always.. true to smell. Maybe I’m accustomed to artificial scents. For example, the oatmeal and honey is gentle and creamy, but it smells more like soap than anything else. That is, the scent isn’t as milky as I’d like, but I enjoy the lather and the natural swirly look of the soaps.
The black raspberry smelled the least like I was expecting. The “dark” is there — a smell shared with the black cherry lip balm that I got to sample as well — but the berry doesn’t really make itself known. Of course, smell is very subjective. Both of those smells were half bars, which are good for keeping near your sinks.
I was equally surprised by the pink sugary, but I like it. The full bar lathers extremely well with my shower poof. Now, if you’ve seen any Dove commercials, you may have seen the soap film comparison. Goat Milk Stuff soap might leave you feeling like there’s a bit of residue initially, but my skin feels a little softer after I dry it.
The smell wasn’t cupcake or sugar-like, really. There were definitely hints of vanilla, but it wasn’t so overpowering. In fact, the scent reminded me of something else, and it bugged me until I could figure out what it is. Finally, I realized that it smells a bit like my lavender vanilla Babeland massage oil. If you’re thinking that you know what that smells like, you’re probably wrong. It doesn’t actually smell like you’d expect. It’s a bit soothing, a bit sweet and not at all like the name. It smells good, though, as does the pink sugar soap.
One thing I like is the color. It’s not pink or white. It’s a dark brown on the outside and lighter on the inside. One side of the soap may be cut roughly, allowing you to see the natural swirls and whorls of the soap. It’s quite attractive. The first day I used the soap, it lathered up beautifully.. but I was in the shower, so I couldn’t snap a pic.
I also received some of the black cherry lip balm and, to be honest, it’s my least favorite product. The “dark” is very overpowering, and the cherry could be stronger. There’s definitely a connection to the black raspberry soap. As a lip balm, it’s not quite as moisturizing as I’d like. I actually find myself with dry lips more frequently, but it’s definitely gotten cooler here as of late.
When you purchase soap from Goat Milk Stuff, you can ask for three free samples for scents. This will make shopping that much easier. Use this link to sign up for the Goat Milk Stuff newsletter and you will receive a 20% off coupon code to try their stuff yourself. You’ll all get the opportunity to try out some Goat Milk Stuff for yourself because I an offer a $25 gift certificate to one lucky reader of Reviews by Cole.
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