Five benefits of buying bespoke handmade health & beauty gifts

No doubt some of you have already begun to think about what Christmas gifts you want to purchase for friends and family this year. A nice type of present is a handmade one and if you are looking to gift health and beauty products, this option can be a great way to go, for the following reasons:

The Personal Touch

With this buying method, you are not restricted to only purchasing pre determined gift sets that might not have the combination of items wanted. Say you know that the gift recipient would like a soap that is made from goats milk or one made with a particular essential oil, you can have it made to order with either ingredient. A lot of natural ingredients that you might be looking for won’t be found in many of the large store products anyway, but you will certainly find them within handmade products, so it is an excellent way to support those wanting to use natural rather than artificial health and beauty treatments.

You Support Creativity

Creating health and beauty products that not only look great but also do the job they are supposed to, is a great skill to have. So it is a nice gesture to buy into this idea and support those who are creating these products in this way, as opposed to the usual mass-production methods that are common nowadays, particularly within the big corporations. The handmade method is usually a lot more environmentally friendly as a result of the down-to-earth methods used.

You Support Local/Small Businesses

Some bigger brands offer handmade items but the majority will be found at smaller businesses, many of which will be local businesses, your local businesses. By purchasing their creations your support will help them to be able to continue what they do and even potentially grow as a brand. In the bigger picture, this can help increase the amount of handmade and natural products being produced.

Your Gift is Unique

Something handmade to order adds a uniqueness to the gift. There is quite a lot that can be customised with h&b products, such as colour, shape, size and scent. You can have further personalisation added by having words or pictures engraved on the product itself (such as on a soap) making for a truly unique item.

Higher Quality Ingredients.

It will be nice to hand over an item made with the finest ingredients right? A high-quality product is more likely to have better results and less chance of unwanted side effects. There is a good chance that the makers of the handmade option will select only high-quality ingredients and not include the many extra chemicals that you will find in a lot of supermarket products, chemicals that some believe are not good for our bodies.

If you are ready to begin your Christmas shopping and you know someone who will appreciate some health and beauty items, definitely have a look at the homemade options. You can find wonderful handmade health and beauty gifts in some mainstream shops, but you will find more in independent stores, as well as at markets and fairs. Of course, there are a wealth of homemade h&b stores online where you are sure to find some great gift ideas.

When people select their hand wash there are a few things they usually look for. Some people focus particularly on the look of the soap, after all they can come in all sorts of shapes, not just as a bar. For others the fragrance may be the most important selling factor, or even the colour. Some families may be selecting by size, with an eye on the best value option. Whatever the main criteria, all these options can be found in homemade soaps.

Sales of homemade soap have been on the increase, within the last few years in particular. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, more people are looking to buy natural products instead of ones which are laden with chemicals like a lot of the supermarket offerings will be. Consumers know that buying homemade is usually a way to avoid unnatural ingredients. Because soap is used on the skin, an area that is particularly sensitive to many, buyers are often extra careful.

Another reason that people opt for handmade soaps is in the belief it is better for the environment. In this day and age, in general, we are a lot more in tune with global warming and our carbon footprint. Many worry about the resources used to create everyday products such as skincare items, and they are also concerned about the processes and machinery that can go into their creation. A good deal of people believe that handmade items avoid a lot of these problems.

Handmade items can work out more expensive, and in some ways this is completely understandable. Those creating homemade soaps, for instance, do not have the benefit of mass production with big machines that save time and money.. There will be other luxuries that the typical homemade maker will not have to enhance their work. But there is a flip side too. If a brand is not having to fork out for all of this extra equipment and other things they actually save money. Plus, even if it does work out a little more expensive, many may decide it’s worth it!

Now we mentioned how a benefit of handmade soap is that it is more likely to be made with all natural ingredients. This is a very important benefit to consider, as an increasingly high amount of people believe that artificial ingredients are not good for the skin. Many will be choosing to go as natural as they can when it comes to their skin cleaning routine. It is commonly thought that the homemade version of a soap will  be kinder to the skin due to being made up of natural elements, and that in general a person would be less likely to suffer any side effects from using a natural soap.

It’s definitely worth considering buying homemade soaps. You have all of the reasons mentioned above, along with other factors, such as homemade alternatives often being better quality then their manufactured counterparts, and also the option to have your product customised to an individual need, is a typically bonus you wouldn’t otherwise have.

Less Alpha-S1-casein 
According to research, the reason some people have an intolerance of cow’s milk is often due to the proteins, such as Alpha S1-casein. Goat’s milk is a source of high-quality protein that provides nearly 6g per 200ml serving but it contains a much lower level of Alpha-S1-casein then most other cow’s milk options. This is one of the reasons some people can drink goat’s milk but not cow’s milk. Goat’s milk can be better for some peoples bodies, however, just note it is not recommended for anyone who has been diagnosed with a cow’s milk allergy. This is because some of the proteins in goat’s milk are very similar to those found in cow’s milk and they may cause reactivity.

Lower in Lactose
Goat’s milk is still not recommended for anyone who has been diagnosed with lactose intolerance. Having said this, milk from goat’s does typically contain a slightly lower level of lactose. So you should consult your GP or another health professional before adding goat’s milk to your diet if you do suffer sensitivity to lactose, but some sufferers do find they are OK to drink goat’s milk without any resulting issues. 

Different proteins and fats
By drinking goat’s milk, you can supply your body with some different proteins and fats than those associated with cow’s milk. The difference is that the fat globules found in goat’s milk are naturally smaller in size. Then, looking at protein, the composition of goat’s milk allows for a softer curd, something which could assist with your bodies digestive system.

Blood Pressure Benefits 
Dairy products such as goat’s milk are a source of calcium and potassium which can help lower blood pressure. You could reap these benefits by consuming goat’s milk as it naturally comes, or by eating yoghurts or cheese made from the milk. Those that suffer from high blood pressure issues may find goat’s milk to be a welcome alternative to cow’s milk, and of course, you can further make it even more blood-pressure-friendly by drinking the lighter versions such as the skimmed option.

For Your Skin
For most of this article, we have focused on consuming goat’s milk and the benefits that it can have on your body. But there are several other ways in which the body can receive benefits from goat’s milk and an example of this is through the use of products such as moisturiser, that has been made with goat’s milk. It seems that goat’s milk has positive benefits for your skin, helping to keep it soft and healthy. Goat’s milk contains high levels of lactic acid which can push your skin to shed its dead cells, resulting in a brighter complexion.

So we hope you have enjoyed our look at the benefits of goat’s milk for your body and if you are not usually someone who uses goat’s milk products, perhaps now you will be motivated to give them a try!

We are often hearing about superfoods, goat’s milk is a very early example of one. It is milk containing many, often overlooked, health benefits and it’s very good for your body. Let us look at 5 ways that goat’s milk can benefit your body.    

A Great Source of Vitamins
A serving of goat’s milk (typically a 200ml glass) provides 14% of the NRV (Nutrient Reference Value) for vitamin B5, which helps produce energy and reduce tiredness as well as fatigue. A serving also contains 12% of biotin, a B vitamin that helps maintain a healthy nervous system and looks after your skin and hair. You will also get a good 11% of the NRV of vitamin A, which is needed for healthy skin and vision.

More Essential Minerals
The goodness keeps on coming with goat’s milk; it offers more than one-quarter of the NRV for phosphorus, which helps to build and maintain strong bones and teeth. It also helps to release energy from food. 

With goat’s milk, you can also meet your daily iodine needs; iodine is important to produce thyroid hormones such as thyroxine, which keeps the metabolism healthy. Furthermore, this natural drink provides 17% of the NRV for potassium, which is essential for your nerves and muscles, helping them to function as they should. Another bonus is that the levels of potassium contained in goat’s milk will help to keep your blood pressure under control. Finally, goat’s milk is also a source of chloride, giving 38% of the NRV per 200ml, which will help with healthy digestion.

Prebiotic
Of course, cow’s milk has its benefits, but there are some areas where goat’s milk beats it in terms of nutrient values. For example, this type of milk has more oligosaccharides (non-digestible carbohydrates) than cow’s milk, which is actually a similar amount to what is found in breast milk. It is believed that these non-digestible carbohydrates could act as prebiotics in the gut, helping to maintain the health of the digestive tract and gut microbiome, due to it encouraging the growth of beneficial gut bacteria (that is the good kind of bacteria that we want in our bodies!)

A Great Amount of Calcium
We tend to associate cow’s milk with being a good source of calcium, but did you know that goat’s milk can provide more than 100% of an adult’s daily calcium recommendation in just three 200ml servings? This is great news for your body, as calcium is very important for the continued development of bones and teeth as well as helping to maintain them. Furthermore, it also helps support normal muscle function and blood clotting as well as assisting in energy production.

Naturally Low in Cholesterol

If you want to consume products with less cholesterol, goat’s milk is naturally lower in cholesterol than cow’s milk. This is, of course, helpful for those following a low cholesterol diet. Drinking goat’s milk can definitely have some great effects on our bodies. And you can still receive many of these great benefits by consuming other products that contain goat’s milk such as cheese and yoghurt. Goat’s milk has an abundance of health benefits and many people find that they love the taste too!

The increased use of goats milk soap is an interesting one. It is only more recently it has begun to gain popularity, however, if you look back through history, in the world of soap and other cosmetics, its use has been popular for thousands of years.

Soap is made from a process called saponification which involves mixing acid (fats and oils) with a base called lye. Now, lye is made by combining water and sodium hydroxide. However, goat’s milk soap is made by replacing the water with goat’s milk which results in a creamier consistency thanks to the naturally occurring fats found in milk. With that explained, let’s look at some of the potential benefits of goats milk soap:

May Prevent Acne

Okay, so this one has to contain a ‘may’ as it can not be guaranteed at this stage, but looking at the science it definitely seems plausible. Lactic acid is a natural exfoliant that is able to gently remove dead skin cells, a process which will help prevent acne by keeping pores dirt-free, as well as holding them clear of oil and excess sebum. And guess what? Goat milk soap has lactic acid content hence this possible acne preventing benefit.

Rich in nutrients

The skin membrane is made up partly of fatty acids and cholesterol, something that goat milk happens to be rich in. If your skin is lacking these components you can suffer from dryness and irritation, so using goats milk soap instead of your regular choice may be helpful.

A More ‘Kinder’ Cleanser

These days, in general, we are a lot more conscious of what a product could be doing to our bodies, something that especially applies to skin products, with a lot of shoppers trying to avoid mainstream soap brands who’s soaps may be loaded with harsh surfactants that could strip the skin of its natural moisture and oils, resulting in skin that is dry and tight. This is not an issue when it comes to goats milk soap that helps to maintain your skin’s natural moisturisers and oils.

May Help Improve Dry Skin

The reason people suffer from dry skin is often due to low water levels within the skin. You see your skin has a barrier that slows moisture loss, however, the barrier responsible, called a ‘lipid’ can become low which could lead to lots of moisture loss and once again result in a dry and tight skin.

If a low-level lipid barrier is an issue then it needs to be restored and rehydrated. The theory is that goat milk soaps high cholesterol and fatty acid levels may replace missing fats, whilst providing moisture to encourage better water retention.

It is a Natural Exfoliant

Another alluring factor about goats milk soap is that it contains compounds that help to exfoliate your skin, More research is needed to know how much of an exfoliant it actually is, but Alpha-hydroxy acids are present in goats milk soap through the presence of lactic acid, and have been proven to gently remove the top layer of dead skin cells.,

We hope you enjoyed this feature and that you may consider goats milk soap as part of your regular skincare routine-you may end up very thankful for the naturally occurring benefits!

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Find out more about Goat Milk Soap and why it is a must have staple for your skin.

What is Goat Milk Soap?

Goat Milk Soap is exactly that, – soap made from Goats Milk.

The practise of using milk, water, and fats in soaps spans thousands of years, but Goat Milk has recently gained more popularity due to its skin loving properties.

There are a lot of Goat Milk Products currently available on the market, but they are not all equal. Many use a milk substitute, or often dilute the milk with water, many even contain harsh foaming agents and detergents, which can be problematic for those who suffer with skin conditions.

When you buy from The Little Goat Soap Company you can be safe in the knowledge that their soap is made from fresh milk directly from their own small herd of Goats and contains no harsh additives, just natural oils and butters .- If you happen to prefer a scented soap you can choose from  a full range that are fragranced  with natural pure essential oils.

How is Goat Milk Soap Made?

Goat Milk Soap is made by the traditional cold process method. This involves combining fats and oils with a Lye base. Lye is usually made from a combination of Sodium Hydroxide and Water; however, The Little Goat Soap Company replace the water with fresh goat milk, which gives a lovely creamy silky texture. The mixture is poured into moulds and allowed to sit for 48 hours where saponification takes place, (saponification being a chemical process that converts fats and oils into soap)

Goat Milk is rich in both saturated and unsaturated fats, making it ideal for soap production. Saturated fats increase the lathering properties of the soaps, while unsaturated fats provide moisturising and nourishing properties, they also include other oils and butters which help give you a healthy skin all day and all night.

Top 3 benefits of Goat Milk Soap

#1 Deep yet gentle cleansing.

Goat Milk contains fats and acids which break down the bonds between dead skin cells, removing the dull surface layer. Lactic acid, a natural component of goat milk, works to remove impurities which keeps skin fresh and bright.

 

#2 Provides a protective moisture barrier

Goat Milk is and emollient, meaning it helps to maintain natural moisture by penetrating the skin quickly and effectively, keeping the skin smooth and supple with long lasting hydration.

 

#3 Prevents premature aging

Due to its mineral and antioxidant rich formula, goat milk soap offers an effective defence against free radicals (chemicals in the air such as pollutants which can damage the skin)

Vitamins such as A.C and E form a protective barrier and help reduce the signs of aging such as fine lines and sunspots.

 

About The Little Goat Soap Company

The Little Goat Soap Company is an independent producer and retailer of Goat Milk Skincare products based in Oxfordshire.

We use only the finest natural ingredients from their own small herd of Goats, which means our products are free from any artificial colourings, parabens, petrochemicals, and phthalates.

All products fully comply with the requirements of the EU Cosmetics Directive and subsequent European regulation (EC) 1223/2009

We are against animal testing; all our products are tested on very willing humans (usually our own family and friends)

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