“ Brand: The Gamrie Goat / Type: Hand Milk / Subcategory: Soap / Suitable for: Hand „
The Gamrie Goat's Milk Soap is an absolutely gorgeous treat that I recently discovered. Made by a lady, Christine Ralph, on her croft in Aberdeenshire, this soap came into being as she began to experiment using goat's milk in her home made soap. Initially this was for personal use only, but the success she found with her early attempts coupled with a financial need to feed her small goat herd, came the idea of commercial soap production. I am so glad that this soap became available because for so many reasons it is a product that I adore, so let's look at some of its attributes.
First of all the packaging and the gorgeous cutey factor! Each soap is boxed with a photograph of the goat that produced it on the front. On the side of each box the individual goats name is hand written! I love this so much, and I know that if my daughters were still small they would have loved to unwrap one of these soap bars at Christmas! On opening the box underneath the lid reveals a close up photo and some details about the goat herself! A sort of family portrait speckled with humour- including her interests- "could be botany" or her marital status- "probably separated"!
Then the soap itself which is so beautifully finished using a goat mould allowing a picture of a goat and her kid to appear on the front. This is so beautiful and finishes the soap off nicely. The soap is a creamy magnolia shade, and is hand made by Christine using goat milk and a few rather essential ingredients including almond oil, olive oil, shea and cocoa butter which give the soap extra moisturising qualities.
The fragrance of the soap reminds me of white chocolate, and it has a creamy and soft lather which is so moisturising. It leaves my skin so smooth and moist, and I never have to apply moisturiser after using this. It is so good that I have started to use it on my face as a cleanser and it is brilliant, non drying and so luxurious to use. If you have any kind of skin sensitivity I would recommend trying this soap as it is so gentle.
Christine makes a range of soaps which include one made with a thistle on the top. This is sold in a cotton drawstring bag and according to her website is used by customers in their skincare routines with great results. Next we have a sheep soap which is literally that- the original goat milk soap recipe made into a fluffy sheep mould and sold in aid of a charity called The Children's Adventure Farm Trust.
There are also others to try including a soap with added oats which is used to exfoliate called Frosty's Porridge Soap! Frosty is of course one of Christine's goats! One of my favourites is the Snowy Lavender soap which was named after Snowy the goat who likes to wander and has been known to have a nibble of lavender! There are several others to choose from on the website in the soap collection which warrant a look at.
As well as soaps the family also make creams and skin lotions all from the goat milk and natural ingredients.
What I really love about this family business is that by supporting them it is encouraging rural British business -something I am so passionate about. I know you can go into the Body Shop and purchase lovely soaps, but although I do this, nothing beats the unique nature of soaps like these which are produced on the farm by the owner. You can see that the husbandry is top class, that animals are treated like family members, and the entire business operates with sustainability at the forefront of everything, from packaging which is recyclable, to their labels which are all produced on an environmentally friendly printer. I am also delighted to learn that the male goats are also kept as companions and are not sold on, so this really is a cruelty free business. In addition the goats potter about the fields in the sunshine during the day, and as no herbicides or pesticides are used at all they are truly able to live their lives in peace and tranquillity, and are able to produce excellent milk with no additives or pesticide residues at all.
The soap retails for £3.50 for a large bath sized bar, and as these are a luxury product so beautifully presented they make ideal gifts. I think they would be perfect for a children's party present- inexpensive but very different. I know my daughters would have loved this when they were children.
Talking of gifts Christine also makes gift sets, and I took delivery of one of these recently as I wanted to send a birthday gift to my daughter in law in America. I chose a gift basket which was beautifully presented with dried flowers and rose petals and contained a selection of many of the products. For £17.95 this was excellent value for money. There are also smaller sets to choose from.
The website is an utter delight and you can read all about the goats on there as well as some history about how the business came into being. You can mail order securely, and in my experience the order was despatched really quickly. Furthermore Christine emailed me personally to let me know when to expect the parcel which I thought was superb.
I love this soap and everything about the goats, the business ethics and the story behind it.