In the July issue of Bustle & Sew Magazine we were delighted to feature an interview with McKenna from Stone River Soaps. Based in Park City, Utah, McKenna runs her business around her family. She raises mini LaMancha goats and makes beautiful soaps with their milk.
McKenna tells us why she uses goats milk…
“Goats milk has many vitamins including A, E, C, some of the B vitamins, amino and citric acids, unsaturated fatty acids and zinc. In addition, the proteins in the milk kill acne producing bacteria.
Goats milk has cream naturally which enhances the soaps moisturizing properties as well a natural glycerin. It also has a pH level close to human skin which prevents dryness and allows nutrients to enter the skin easily.
There is no alcohol, petroleum, or preservatives which are commonly found in commercial soap and can irritate and dry out your skin. In addition to the milk from my own goats, I only use high quality oils, clays, pigment powers, essential oils, and fragrance oils. These ingredients add additional skin nourishing properties and a pleasant scent.”
We asked McKenna to tell us a bit about how she makes her soaps. She told us;
“I start by milking my goats, straining the milk, and getting it in the freezer. I milk all summer to stock pile the milk for year round product making. I am not a cold weather milker! I purchase good quality soaping products based off my favourite tried and true recipes. Then I research and brainstorm essential oil blends and fragrance ideas. Then I try to create a bar that matches my vision of the scent of that bar.
I love changing up looks and trying new ingredients. Making all natural products is my favourite but I also enjoy using some colorants and fragrances to add variety for my customers. After I’ve made a
batch I let it harden for about 24 hours and then pull it out of the mould and cut it into bars.Then it’s off to the curing racks where it sits and makes my home smell amazing for 4-6 weeks until I list it for sale.”
If you’d like to find out bit more about Stone River Soaps then you can read the full interview with McKenna in the July issue of Bustle & Sew Magazine.