Every year in October, the American Dairy Goat Association (ADGA) holds a national convention. The convention serves as a place for dairy goat breeders to meet, celebrate the end of the year and show season, participate in classes/lectures, as well as fun events. At the convention, ADGA also sponsors a Bath Care Competition, which involves a myriad of body products – soap, lotion, etc – that are made from goat milk.
We entered several of our bars in the competition this year and we were privileged enough to win a ribbon for our fabulous soap! Our Udderly Naked Bar won 1st Place for Unscented Bar Soap, beating out several other competitors soaps. We were also the only Idaho-based company to win, a fact that means a lot to us since the National Convention was held in Idaho’s capital – Boise.
When we made this bar of soap, we were setting out to make a perfectly simple bar of soap that combined 100% raw goat milk with natural oil, with no additional synthetic products. What we created was our Udderly Naked Bar, which is a perfectly simple bar of soap! Check out this bar of soap, which is 100% fragrance and colorant free, in our shop on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/listing/237357382/).
Earlier this summer, we also entered several of our bars of goat milk soap into the soap competition at the North Idaho Fair. Our vibrantly colored Pursuit of Sunshine Soap took 2nd Place in the Fragranced Soap Category. Check it – and our Udderly Naked Soap, as well as our other bars of soap – out in our Shop on Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/shop/2GOATsoap).
Idaho holds a very special place in my heart. It is home for me, since I have lived here for nearly my entire life. It is the landscape, places, and people that I care for and about. It is where I plan to spend the rest of life.
I have always admired the raw extremes that make up the landscape of Idaho. This state is known for its mountains, but there are numerous mountain ranges that look drastically different from one another. From the low, Ponderosa clad mountains of the North Idaho Panhandle to the snow-capped, tree-less peaks of the Sawtooths to the vast, volcanic Lost River Range, no two mountain ranges in Idaho look the same.
Mountains are not the only picturesque features of the landscape of Idaho. The state is dotted with glacial lakes (like Lake Coeur d’Alene) to massive river canyons (Hell’s Canyon). Some of the clearest fresh water creeks and rivers, prime fishing sites and some of the most beautiful sights to me, can be found all over the state. Lowland meadows, high mountain deserts, scrub land so hostile you’d think you were in another country (or, if at Craters of the Moon, another planet), this state is filled with a myriad of diverse, unique, and, overall, beautiful physical attributes.
The natural beauty of the state has always and will always inspire me. An inspiration which has lead to several Idaho-themed soaps (though I expect there will be more).
Our 2GOATsoap Lost Creek Bar is based off the infamous “disappearing” creeks that can be found in central Idaho. The Big Lost River and Little Lost River are two of the ones I am familiar with, having lived in central Idaho for many years. These rivers, like other creeks in the region, are snow-fed and flow from the mountains into the valleys before suddenly disappearing into the ground. While the rivers appear vanish – a real head-scratcher about a 100 years ago or so – in reality they simply go underground, feeding the vast Snake River Plane Aquifer that supplies southern Idaho with water. Our Lost Creek Bar is based off those vanishing rivers and creeks, with a crisp green above and lush violet below. A blackberry sage fragrance, which is very true to its name, gives these bars of soaps a fantastic crisp berry fragrance.
Our 2GOATsoap Garden Valley Bar was inspired by the sun-kissed evergreen mountains surrounding Garden Valley. This valley is located in the eastern-central region of Idaho. Sun-drenched mountains and valleys mingle with the turbulent south fork of the Payette River. Inspired by the sight of this valley, I created a bar of soap that features layers of green, interspersed by gold mica, reflecting the evergreen landscape of this mountain valley. The Sunny Herb Garden fragrance of these bars, which smells exactly like fresh cut herbs, is absolute perfection. Savory notes of sage, thyme, rosemary, and basil mingle with an undertone of lavender to create an utterly unique scent. A scent that, if you close your eyes, will have you imagining those sun-drenched mountains.
Our 2GOATsoap Sawtooth Bar is inspired by the mountain range of the same name. If you have never seen the Sawtooths – or at least pictures of them – you should, since they are an absolute sight to behold. There are over 400 lakes located in the range and an estimated 202 perennial snow fields – making these mountains cool even in the summer! The craggy, snow-capped peaks inspired this bar, which is fragranced by the Warm Flannel fragrance. The Warm Flannel fragrance is one of my absolute favorite fragrances. It is a luscious, warm vanilla scent that has citrus notes and is tempered by sandalwood, patchouli, and amber. It is slightly musky, but an absolute must of you are looking for a new vanilla fragrance – one that will probably become your favorite!
Give these new bars of soap a look in our shop on Etsy. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of our offer of free shipping. Its good through October 10th on all orders over $6.00.
Milk soaps have a tendency to be softer than traditional soaps, in part due to the higher levels of fats found int the oils and milk used to make soap. Handcrafted soaps also do not contain the preservatives that are in found in most store-bought soaps. This means that every bar of milk soap, like our goat milk soap, needs a little extra love when not in use.
Storing your slice of handcrafted soap on a rack will keep it out of the water and help the bar dry out when not in use. Not everyone has a wire rack by their sink, though, and since we highly encourage our soaps to be used everywhere, we have developed stunning ceramic soap dishes to port our soaps.
All the dishes are made by hand and are glazed with food-safe glazes. Every dish has a unique pattern and color – trust us, you won’t find another exactly like it! We only have a limited stock of dishes on hand, so if you are looking to accessorize your sink-side, don’t miss out on these lovely soap dishes.
P.S. These dishes also make awesome gifts. So if you know someone who loves handmade items, its never too early to start shopping. Even for Christmas…
Check out these dishes and more in our shop on Etsy!