Monday, January 4, 2010

Sheep, Too!

I absolutely love this packaging. I love the stylized wrapping, the simple fancy ribboned bar of soap, but then when a soap is wrapped with an unusual flair, I just love it even more. Unique is KING and I love it and that's the way I roll.

So I found these great looking soaps on Etsy... made with sheep's milk. I hadn't heard of that yet, but of course, why the hell not? Milk from any animal that produces milk makes sense, really if you think about it. It is full of fat and creates a conditioning bar of soap. Bring on the milk!

Kit De Kat lives in Australia. The handcrafted sheep milk soaps are made on site at her brother’s sheep farm in country Victoria, Australia, where he milks the sheep himself and he spends his time sourcing all of the natural ingredients and perfecting the quality of the soaps he makes. Oh! They are lovely looking soaps wrapped up so candy-like:

According to Kit De Kat, among the soap's description she also includes some education which I always eat up at every chance I get. I really AM an information whore.
Milk-based soap is best for your skin. The higher the fat content in the milk, the more moisturising it will be. Sheep milk has a higher fat content and milk proteins than cow or goat milk; it contains up to double the vitamins and minerals than cow and goat’s milk; and the milk and the cream do not separate. Also, the natural alpha-hydroxy acids found in milk have a rejuvenating and softening effect on the skin.

The Japanese have a long history of using rice bran oil in the soaps and skin care. The oil is said to reverse the effect of aging by slowing the formation of facial wrinkles thanks to rice bran oil's rich concentration of Vitamin E and gamma-oryzanol, it offers wonderful moisturising when included in facial formulations as well as being brilliant when used in soap. It is one of the most gentlest of oils and is particularly suited to sensitive, mature and dry skins ... it is even safe for babies because of its excellent softening and moisturising properties. Rice bran oil also has components that are believed to hinder ultraviolet rays as they meet the skin's surface.

eucalyptus sheep milk soap

All of the soaps look like this, wrapped up like these, but come in different scents : Lavender, Lavender with lavender bits, Eucalyptus, Honey & Oatmeal, Tea tree, Calendula, Peppermint, Rose Geranium and an unscented bar.

Soon, Kit De Kat will be selling her hand knitted rugs in her Etsy shop. It is a family run biz and I bet those soaps are fantastic! Especially that rose geranium. They use essential oils, so that must smell divine... mmmm.

Have you tried sheep's milk soap? If so, what was your experience?



Hildie said...

I haven't tried sheep's milk soap, but sheep's milk cheese is divine, especially P'tit Basque!

Erica P. said...

I make goat's milk soap now, but really want to use sheep's milk. I just haven't been able to find a farm in the southeast part of the country that will sell it to me. I may have to make a trip to Wisconsin. :-) I've seen them sold online, but very few people make it.

me said...

I have 2 wholesale customers, one of them farms goats and the other has sheep. Both bring their goat/sheep milk to me and I make soap for them which they sell at their farm stands. Sheep milk makes for a more creamy bar (without any add ons) while goats milk soap seems to have healing qualities for skin prone to inflammation. I like to use goats milk in my shaving soap recipe

Anonymous said...

I've now tried quite a few of the sheep's milk soaps and have found them to be absolutely divine! Another benefit of these soaps is that they seems to last forever, so besides feeling great on my skin they are also very economical!

FuturePrimitive Soap Co. said...

i love love love the packaging. i'm expecting some new greaseproof with my logo any day now..hope it's as nice as theirs.
oh...and i have sheeps milk powder from Gracefruit, which gives a lovely creamy lather to the soaps i use it in. very must try it.

Anonymous said...

Sheep milk has healing qualities as well, particularly for eczema and dermatitis, and is very low allergy for those with sensitive skin, plus it has much more good stuff in than goats milk, and it leaves my skin so incredibly soft, I dont use anything else anymore

KitDeKat said...

Hi it's KitDeKat here! I love all these responses, I'm glad word is getting out about sheep milk soap in general :) Just a note on the healing qualities of our sheep milk soap. We have had numerous people contact us, as well as family and friends, with what they say are "amazing results" regarding the response to their skin conditions, in particular the Calendula one as it is made specifically with eczema sufferers in mind. Calendula is said to be very soothing and healing for inflammatory skin conditions. A few customers have told me they also use it for shaving as well, male AND female, and one in particular says it is the only thing that doesn't give him a shaving rash. So all I can say is give sheep milk soap a try if you get a chance and see what it does for your skin! If you don't like it you've lost nothing :) All I can say is we love it :D

Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous packaging and unique as well. So refreshing to see something original.