Goat Milk Soap Making Me Itch

by Cheryl

I am a beginner soap maker, so I still have a lot to learn. I am using essential oils and fragrance oils in my goat milk soap to scent it (not in the same batch) and I am going by a recipe I got online, but my skin is really itchy after using my soaps for about 4 months now.

Can you please tell me what I may being doing wrong or what could be making my skin itch. My understanding is goat milk soap is suppose to help itchy skin not cause it. Thank you for your help.

ANSWER: Hi Cheryl. Thank you for contacting me. So sorry you're having these problems. I'm not sure what online soap recipe you followed or fragrance(s) you used in your homemade goat milk soaps. Obviously, your skin has been irritated.

You may have sensitive skin or an allergy to one or more of the oils you used in the soap. Goat milk soap can help relieve itchy skin but the ingredients you use are extremely important. For one instance, in some cases, Tea Tree oil may be slightly irritating to the skin or scalp.

If you have sensitive skin you would want to use a goat milk soap with a very mild scent or no scent at all. A goat milk soap with just a little aloe vera juice and no fragrance is often used for sensitive skin. Also, a goat milk soap with ground oatmeal and aloe vera juice can soothe itchy skin. CAUTION, though! If you're allergic to garlic, onions, or tulips than you're likely allergic to aloe vera too. If your skin becomes irritated than avoid using aloe vera in your skin care products and household products too---such as facial tissues.

Be careful using any essential oils. They contain bioactive ingredients. They are POTENT chemicals and should be used with care! Always dilute them in a carrier oil, soap, lotion or other buffering agent. Never use them straight. Never use large amounts externally or internally. Never use them without knowing what their bioactive compounds are known to do.

Other culprits that may be causing your itchy skin are from:

--- using cheap candle fragrances
--- using heavy coconut oil; drying out skin
--- using a recipe that is lye heavy

Be sure to see the Soap Making Oil Page for more helpful information!

I hope this helps you. I wish you the best in your soap making endeavors!

:-) -- Susan

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