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goat milk soap swirled www.anniesgoathill.com

A customer once said, “You know what I like about your soap? I like that it is not all fancy, with wild colors.  I just want good soap, nothing crazy.”

You know, I tend to agree with that statement.  But sometimes, when I mix it up a little, I really do sell the devil out of the “limited edition” soaps!

I do not swirl enough to claim that I have ever reached the practice-makes-perfect swirling gold star.  Oh no, I am far from it.  I fit soap production into my schedule to keep the base soaps that we carry in stock, swirling and other techniques, well…they happen when I am feeling a bit frivolous.

So, I had a sample sized bottle of Lily of the Valley fragrance that kept winking at me each time I opened my fragrance cabinet.  It said, “Hello, do something different with me!”

So, I tried.  Lily of the Valley, you got the green, you got the lavender.  You got the pretty.  Yes, you did.  Swirls, not so much.

lily of the valley goat milk soap www.anniesgoathill.com

Another blue moon (Or was that a full moon?) will come along.  I’ll hit up the swirling techniques again.  Yes I will!

Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – Where you can Smell and Feel the Goodness!


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shampoo bar www.anniesgoathill.com

Shampoo Bar

I have been a happy soap experimenter the last several days.

For the 1001’st time (at least that is how I see it), I am testing a new shampoo bar recipe.  One of these days I’ll come up with a formula that I feel is as good as I expect it to be.

Not everyone has soft water.  I know this because I have experienced it.  I will eventually design a bar that works well in hard water!

How about the pretty top on this one? Soap can just be gorgeous! Don’t you agree?


Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – Where you can smell and feel the goodness!

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unscented goat milk facial soap www.anniesgoathill.com

Unscented Facial Soap

Making soap becomes comfortable.  I always love the process, and I especially find joy in the moment when I release a new log of soap from the mold.  The danger of becoming too comfortable with our method is that we get careless with safety (a splash of lye – not so good), or we forget to add in an ingredient.  Are you nodding your head in agreement?

Sometimes, though, forgetfulness turns into a nice find.

In this case, I forgot to add in fragrance during the making of the soap.  In turn, what I got was a nice bar of goat milk soap that I love to use.

It is creamy, gentle, lathers nicely (thank you to kaolin clay), and has great emollient qualities (of course, it is goat milk soap)! The lack of fragrance isn’t a problem.  Sometimes it is nice to not add fragrance when cleansing, it gives your perfume or body cream a chance to stand out on its own afterwards.

Saying hello to Annie’s Unscented Facial Soap – or a great overall body soap!

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Patchouli Lavender Goat Milk Soap www.anniesgoathill.com

Patchouli Lavender Goat Milk Soap

I kept smelling it even though I was not wearing it.  It was not my lotion, nor my laundry detergent, and certainly not my shampoo.  So, why was I smelling patchouli? Not that I minded it at all.

A correctly proportioned perfume hits your olfactory system first with a pleasant top note, a short-lived, light or fresh, essence, or blend of essences.  Pink grapefruit, for example, is one of my favorite top notes.  As the top note dries, the middle or heart note is soon detected.  A middle note lasts longer than the top note that first catches your attention.  One of my favorite middle notes is (euphoric) jasmine grandiflora.  Last, but not least, the base note sticks with the blend, on the skin, for longer periods of time.  Some base notes can be detected a day or two after they are applied.  Base notes can hold a blend together, or can muck it up considerably when excess is used.

Patchouli is a base note.  Patchouli is an essential oil that many either love or hate.  Patchouli, depending upon its strength in a blend, can be detected on the skin days after it is applied.

A customer once said she helped nurse a sick friend back to health.  Her friend adored blends that contained patchouli.  The customer was not a fan of patchouli, not at all.  After washing the friend’s clothing time and time again, the customer that hated patchouli still detected it.  My story ends there, but with a “bingo!”  I personally smell patchouli because I have worn it so many times, from our signature blend Patchouli Love (soap, body cream).  My clothing obviously contains the remnants of patchouli, picked up from the products, and from my own skin.  In my case, I find patchouli to be grounding, so the remnants are a very good thing.

Essential oils are such a blessing, in my opinion.  Thumbs up to nature for providing us with the uplifting top notes, the enchantment of the middle notes, and the seemingly ever-lasting base notes, with much acclamation to how the oils are perceived so differently by each individual!

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It is such a blessing that each of us hold our own dreams and concepts.

As I posted updated photos today of our Patchouli Love goat milk soap I was reminded of what I believe in.

My product inventory consists of soap, body cream, and hand cream.   I keep it simple for a reason.

My brand is based upon what I believe in, earth-giving and beautiful.  Rustic and basic.  Soothing.

I’ve told this story a few times, where my love of soap began (a place from the far-away past), here, and where I later shopped for soap here, cozy little places under moss-covered roofs, with bare wooden floors.

My passion brings the wonderful soaps to your home.  The soaps that I vision sitting in a rustic store, on a wooden table, unwrapped, beautiful, scenting the entire shop.  The peaceful place.

I believe in wholesome simplicity.

Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – where you can Smell and Feel the Goodness! 

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Have you ever requested a free sample of a product?

I have not, however, as a business owner I am asked for a free sample from time to time.

A free sample is not so free to a micro or small business owner.  This is why:

  • sample packaging .05
  • sample labels .05
  • sample shipping 2.50
  • sample soap 1.25
  • sample shipping envelope .35
  • sample labor dedicated towards selecting, packaging, and shipping one free item 2.00

Total sample cost:  $6.20


I totally understand why a consumer would be interested in a free sample.  I would too!

If at least one item is ordered from our online store, always feel free to request an accompanied sample of a product you might want to try.  If a sample is available, we will ship one with your order.

Just yesterday, a long-time customer of Annie’s Goat Hill ordered several bars of soap.  He did not ask for it, but he is receiving a sample of a soap that I think he will like (based on his ordering history).

Samples do happen when the costs are shared or covered.  As a business, we cannot afford to ship true “free” samples.

Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – where you can Smell and Feel the Goodness! 

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Do you find yourself needing one-on-one assistance with cold processed soap-making, or perhaps lotion-making?

Do you have specific questions geared towards making products with goat milk?

Very often my email, blog, or personal messages, contain questions geared towards making soap, lotion, preservatives, or small business-related questions.  After a decade of experience with cold-processed handcrafted soap-making, and four years of  formulating lotion and body cream, I am honored to receive the inquiries that I do.

I would love to answer each and every question, however, time is worth a mint to me.   Even though my calendar is full, I realize that a mentor is something many of us need.  So, I now offer my services in a structured manner through a product we recently added to our website, consultation services.

Learning really can be an exciting part of life.  I hope you enjoy the journey like I did (and still am).  There is so much information at our fingertips.  A simple Google search can clear up so many of our questions.  If you find yourself needing assistance beyond the resources at hand, I hope you consider my services.


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