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All soaps are not created equal!

At Appalachian Milk Soap, we feel our natural handmade goat milk soaps are the very best “true” soap products available on the market today. Don’t just take our word for it though, enlighten yourself to soapmaking processes and the soap industry in general. Once you’ve done that, all we ask is that you simply try a bar - one bar - of our natural handmade goat milk soap. We have built our business over the years from people doing just that, and we think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Appalachian Milk Soap 4-ounce natural cleansing bars are:

  • non-detergent
  • non-cosmetic
  • of a non-drug variety
  • real handmade goat milk soaps, produced completely from scratch, using the ancient cold process method
  • considered to be “true” or “pure” soaps by definition
  • perfectly blended, creamy and gentle
“I just wanted to thank you again for the goat milk soap. I have been fighting mild acne for years and have tried absolutely everything to clear it up. I tried your goat milk soap on a whim to wash my face and was amazed with the results! My acne really did clear up in a matter of days. I can’t thank you enough for such a wonderful product!”

-- Kara Humphrey

Although Appalachian Milk Soap makes no medical and/or cosmetic claims regarding our all natural products, testimonials such as the one you just read, are extremely commonplace. Simply put, we let our customers’ be the judge.

What makes AMS products so unique and better than others?

In the “About Us” section of this website, you read how our handmade goat milk soap recipes were originally developed as a “labor of love” by a grandmother, Donna Cunningham, for her granddaughter born with the skin condition eczema. Amazingly over time, she perfected the blending of certain key ingredients proven to be beneficial to the skin, and in conjunction with time, temperatures, and unique production methods, she developed the perfect natural goat milk soap product.

#1 - The Ingredients

  • soybean shortening (100% Pure Certified GMO-Free)
  • olive oil (extra virgin)
  • coconut oil
  • sodium hydroxide (lye)
  • water (distilled)
  • shea butter (unrefined GHANA)
  • vitamin E
  • vegetable glycerin
  • essential oils if applicable
  • fragrance oils if applicable
  • creamy, rich, goat milk
    • - non-allergenic
    • - naturally homogenized, rich in emollients
    • - contains caprylic acid, helps balance skin ph
  • emu oil (AEA Certified)
    • - Go to Emu Oil Benefits for information concerning the proven and significant benefits of Emu Oil. Or you can simply google “emu oil” and find an abundance of other resources for emu oil information.
“I sent you an email in October to let you know what a great goat milk soap product you have. I purchased the oatmeal for myself, and I absolutely love the way it makes my skin feel. It is very silky and smooth on my face as well.

I then purchased the Hunter’s Unscented for my grandson. He has been on medication for his acne and his face was at the getting worse before it gets better stage. We were treating the inside and I wanted something mild for him to use on the outside. The goat milk soap was the trick! Within 2 days of using it 2 times a day the outside started to heal.


I know you make no medical claims about your product, but I think the blend of the goat's milk and the other mild ingredients made the difference. He even noticed it and has been very willing to continue to use the goat milk soap.


Thank you so much for making such a great product.”


-- Peggy McCune

#2 - The Manufacturing Process

As stated previously, Appalachian Milk Soap cleansing bars are of a non-detergent, non-cosmetic, non-drug variety. They are produced completely from scratch, by hand, using the ancient cold process method of saponification. Our goat milk soaps are considered to be “true” soaps by definition.

“Thank You Appalachian Milk Soap! My little girl Shelbi is 2 1/2 years old and she has eczema. I have taken her to see numerous pediatricians, dermatologists, WV birth to three nurses, and allergy specialists, all of which either prescribed or suggested prescription medications and/or particular lotions and soaps. None of it helped her condition. Her legs were worse, but her arms, wrists, and hands were bad as well. Her skin look as if it had been scalded with hot water. It was red, flaky, and very itchy. I had given up on finding anything that would help her until I found your soap.

We used the Oatmeal Soap and it has helped her skin tremendously. The redness and itching are gone, and I highly recommend it to anyone that has eczema, especially a child. We had given up and were afraid her little legs, arms, wrist and hands were going to be scarred, however thanks to your product, her skin has improved dramatically and she can now rest at night without all the itching as well.


Thank you again!”


-- Shelbi & Sabrina Halstead


What does “true” soap, cold processed, and saponification mean?

Excerpts for the definition of soap, according to Wikipedia Encyclopedia are as follows: “Soap, consisting of sodium (soda ash) or potassium (potash) salts of fatty acids is obtained by reacting fat with lye in a process known as saponification. The fats are hydrolyzed by the base, yielding alkali salts of fatty acids (crude soap) and glycerol. Many cleaning agents today are technically not soaps, but detergents, which are less expensive and easier to manufacture.”

What this all means in layman’s terms, is that the cold processed method of making “true” soap is to mix a strong alkali (typically lye) with fats. Water serves as the vehicle causing a chemical reaction called saponification. After saponification takes place, the end result is crude soap (“true soap”) and glycerol/glycerin. It is important to note that once saponification, or the chemical reaction has occurred, there is no lye present in the final product.

The majority of commercial products available on the market today are made by large conglomerates, mass produced in huge batches using a manufacturing process that removes the glycerin, and adds fillers such as synthetic detergents, hardeners, colors, and other various additives. Why do they remove the glycerin? Because they can use it to make other things to be sold separately - basically, they make more money by removing it and using it elsewhere. But what they’ve really done is remove one of the soap’s moisturizing components. By definition, these products are not soap at all. The detergents contained in them are what typically causes very dry skin and the removal of the glycerin with its moisturizing properties doesn‘t help either. Detergents along with other additives can also cause irritations in some. True soaps such as ours, made using the cold process method, retain their glycerin and have no detergent fillers or other such additives. We actually add a little additional glycerin to our soaps.

A customer extremely sensitive to cleansing products writes:

"Enjoyed talking with you. I would like to submit my order. I was very relieved to see you on TV. I thought I would have to start using only water to wash with. Thank the Lord for you!”

-- Mary Sampson

For more information check out the U. S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Cosmetics and Colors Fact Sheet dated February 3, 1995. Contained on that same USFDA Fact Sheet is an interesting article written by Harold Hopkins, editorial director of FDA Consumer, entitled “All That Lathers Is Not Soap”. This is worth reading.


What is melt & pour soap?

This is another important thing for you, the consumer, to be aware of. Melt and pour soap products are created using commercial soapmaking kits. Producers of these soaps often mislead the public with their advertising or labeling, by claiming that their products are “handmade”, or that their product contains “no lye”. In reality they are simply pre-made, commercial soap product kits, melted down, colored, scented, etc. and then poured into molds. These products are by no means handmade or made from scratch. The statement of “no lye” that some make, is extremely misleading. No “true” soap contains lye. As mentioned previously, after saponification occurs, there is no lye in the final soap product. Don’t be fooled or mislead.


#3 - Product Quality & Sound Business Practices

AMS places a huge emphasis on the quality of our all natural, handmade goat milk soap products, the ingredients, and the processes involved in producing them. We take great pride in our personalized customer service, and in always operating our business in a responsible and helpful manner.

“Yes, I did receive the goat milk soap, and my son and everyone I gave it to is very pleased. Thank you so much for your concern. It is so nice to see that you take that kind of time out of your busy day to drop me a note. I really appreciate it. I will definitely order again. Thank you again!

-- Mary Ann Kirkland

For over a decade now, The Appalachian Milk Soap Company has realized revenue gains in each and every year of it’s existence. This doesn’t just happen by accident. This has come about through a combination of good ‘ol hard work, the offering of a wonderful product, and by treating others as we would like to be treated ourselves. We feel confident that these key factors have, and will continue to, set us apart from the rest. As mentioned previously - Simply try a bar!

“Thank you for completing my order. I enjoyed reading the company history and I am confident you will be very successful. I wish you well. Personally I think your traditional and personal values are going to set you apart and above the mere ordinary.”

-- Margie Babylon