FAQs

Why goat milk?

Many people wonder why use goat milk in soap. When you make soap the traditional cold process way, you need a liquid. Some soap makers will use water, fruit, vegetable or plant base juices, or even tea. Here at Crooked Pine Farm, we use our fresh goat milk due to it’s gentle, healing qualities. Goat milk is chock full of vitamins, proteins, and fats to help nourish the skin. The pH level of goat milk is also very close to the pH level of our skin, which prevents dryness and also allows the nutrients to enter the skin. Since we only use the purest ingredients derived from mother nature, and none of that other “junk” (no alcohol, petroleum, preservatives, parabens SLS, etc.) you can rest assured that our soaps are safe and free of nastiness!

Many commercial brands of soap use additives, chemicals, synthetic ingredients and colors, therefore making the soap harsh for our skin. These brands also remove the glycerin that is formed when soap is made and sell it as another means of profit. They then fill in the "gap" where the glycerin was with detergents and chemicals. While commercial brand soaps are “pretty”, the process to make this kind of soap eliminates crucial ingredients, but also includes harsh chemicals that wreak havoc on our skin. With Crooked Pine Soap, we make our batches small, “test” out the soaps with family and friends, especially those with sensitive skin and have the utmost confidence that we are giving you a quality handmade product that is produced and made right here in the USA. 

Are your bars all the same size?

Not completely. With our bars being hand cut you will notice slight variation in size, with the average weight of each bar ranging from 4.5-5.5 oz. Our bars are what we consider to be “rustic” and gladly accept that not all our bars look exactly the same way. We want to be able to give you more product for less money. If you prefer, feel free to cut your bar in half and you will make that one bar go even further!

How do I care for my soap?

In order to make your bar of soap last as long as possible, be sure to set it in a soap dish that drains. Do not let the soap sit in water, otherwise you end up with it getting mushy and soft. It is best to have it dry in between bathing, hand washing, etc.

What is the difference between your essential oil bars and the fragrance oil bars?

The difference is that the essential oils used are derived from plant material, such as the root, flower or leaves and are 100% natural. The fragrance oils used contain synthetic components in order to imitate scents that cannot be derived from mother nature. Rest assured that the fragrance oils we use are distributed from a company that tests them in cold process soaps to ensure their quality and safety. All of our essential oil soaps have the pure essential oils to scent them and our fragrance oil soaps have the fragrance oil or a combination of essential and fragrance oils.

What is the shelf life of my soap?

Soap gets better the longer it sits. You may find that after a year the scent may fade, but once you start using it, the scent inside the soap is re-released. If you like to buy a little bit extra at a time, we suggest storing it in a location that is out of direct sunlight, heat and non-humid.

Is your soap safe for my face, sensitive skin and skin conditions?

Yes. There are some of our bars that are geared more towards the face, but all the soaps can be used on your body, face and hands. Have a teenager with that pesky case of acne? Try our soap! The protein found in goat milk fights the bacteria that causes acne. As for sensitive skin and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, our soaps can be used, but as with any new product we recommend doing a test patch first. Safety first!

Do you do custom orders?

Yes we do. If you wish to request a custom soap order, please contact us for what you are specifically looking for. The custom soap order will be right around a 3 lb. loaf . We will ship the loaf after it has set up and then you will need to cut the bars to your liking and cure them in a dark, non-humid room on some type of shelving that air flow is able to pass through (i.e. cooling racks, metal shelving racks, etc.) for 4-6 weeks before use.

What ingredients do you use in your soap?

*For a complete list of our ingredients, please refer to our home page and select the Ingredients tab.*

When it comes to our soap, you will find that the ingredients listed are ingredients that you can actually read and high quality at its best. We use oils and natural butters for the “fats”. Our goat milk that we use is not outsourced or from a can or concentrate but straight from our farm from our most loyal employees and producers, the goats! We do not use any water in our soap, but rather use as much goat milk as our recipe will allow to give you a high quality goat milk soap bar. We also use sodium hydroxide, better known as lye, to create the saponification process. This is the process when our fats (oils) are mixed with the alkali (lye). Once this process is complete, the lye is no longer present, but rather you now have “saponified oils”. All real soap is saponified. Then we finish off with our 100% natural essential oils or high quality fragrance oils.


We do not use any artificial colors or dyes in our soap. Any colors that may be seen in our soap are a result of our scents through natural discoloration or any additives such as oatmeal, herbs, teas, coffee grounds or clays. Our soaps are beautiful just the way they are, we aim to please the skin rather than the eyes.

 What about the goats?

The goats we raise not only play a vital role in our soap making business, but they are like family. We raise a small herd of registered French Alpine dairy goats.  We typically milk between 3-4 does (female goat) at a time during our milking season, which is roughly 9 months.  We feed our goats non-GMO grain and hay during the colder months, but then they are out to pasture during the warm months.  We raise our goats as holistically as possible. This includes herbal wormers, herbal tonics for healthy pregnancies and kidding, and immune boosters.   We try to rotate our breeding does every year, giving them a break and ensuring they are healthy and strong for their next pregnancy.  Not only do our goats provide us with fresh milk for soap making, but we also enjoy it for drinking, yogurt and cheese making.  Our goats are the base of our soap business and our farm. Happy goats equals happy soap!

 

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Farmers' market season will be in full swing for us starting May 6. You can find us at the Rochester Downtown Farmers Market from 7:30-Noon and the Lanesboro Farmers Market from 9:00-Noon every (almost) Saturday. Keep tabs on our FB page to know more details each Saturday.

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