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Handcrafted Milk Soap

written by

Sue King

posted on

December 13, 2019

Have you ever had the pleasure of using handmade milk soap?

We have had the pleasure of using handcrafted soaps for many years in our home. This soap feels silky when you use it and leaves your skin feeling satiny smooth.

Earlier this year we ran out of our handmade milk soap and had to purchase bar soap from the store. I justified buying regular soap because no one had time to make any during the busyness of summer. Let me tell you why I will never do that again.

When we are using our handmade milk soaps we do not have to use lotion very often. Even when we are washing frequently like when we are in the meat shop. Within a couple days of using store bought bar soap we were reaching for the lotion bottle every time we washed. I even thought I had purchased a good quality moisturizing soap. While using store bought soap we also noticed that everyone was complaining of itchy skin after showering. The store bought soap was totally drying out our skin and making life miserable. As autumn settled in we finally had time to make our much loved handmade milk soap again. We could hardly wait for the curing time to pass so we could once again enjoy the benefits of our milk soap. After less than a week of having a bar of handmade soap at every sink in the house we can say that the lotion bottle hardly ever gets used. I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing better for our skin than our handcrafted milk soaps.

Our handcrafted milk soaps contain no harsh chemicals, alcohol or petroleum products that tend to irritate and dehydrate your skin.

During the commercial soap making process glycerin is intentionally removed to be used in more profitable products. Handcrafted soaps retain all their glycerin which provides deep moisturizer benefits for our skin.

Handcrafted milk soaps offer even more benefits. Milk is rich in proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. Milk brings with it the unique natural ability to moisturize and nourish our skin. When you add the benefit of the milk being used in its raw state it is even better.

We use only the best oils that we can source. The essential oils are pure oils. We do NOT use any synthetic fragrance oils at all.

Here at Harmony's Way Family Farm we use milk from our herd of Jersey and Jersey/Canadienne cross cows. Both of these breeds are known for their high milk fat and protein content. The cows are docile and content. They are not force-fed to get the highest production they can give. They are fed a grass-based diet with a small serving of organic peas (mostly to coax them into the barn for milking).

Without further adieu let us introduce you to our new family of milk-based soaps: 

Handcrafted Milk Soap and Spa Sets make great gifts.


This is our first creation. It contains only rich raw milk, high quality palm, coconut and olive oil.

Calendula & Honey

We make an olive oil infusion with calendula petals. Just before the soap is ready to pour into the molds we add raw honey. Through personal use we have found that this soap keeps our skin soft and smooth even in the driest part of winter.

Old English Lavender

The addition of pure lavender essential oil brings to this soap a reminder of the romantic, peaceful gardens of our grandmothers.

Winters Gentle Glow

Close your eyes and imagine sitting in front of a glowing fireplace on a cold winter evening. Allow this deeply sweet, warm scented soap to wash away the worries of the day.

Summers Mist Mint

Remember the feeling of a gentle mist settling over the valley after a hot summer day. A blend of peppermint and spearmint essential oils will bring cool refreshment to the hottest skin.

Boreal Forest

My favorite place to walk is through the forest in the early spring. With new life popping up everywhere the smells are amazing. This soap is a way to bring that experience indoors.

The Gentle Husbandman

This soap brings to mind images of the gentle farmer who lovingly takes care of his land and animals. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty, but he will need a gentle, effective soap to get those work-hardened hands clean, while keeping the skin healthy.

All of our soaps are $6.00 per bar. 

They are available at our booth at the Grande Prairie Farmers Market. We are open on Fridays 4 pm to 7 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 3 pm. You can also preorder and pick up at the market.

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