My husband and I live on a hobby farm near Baldwin, WI. We own a miniature horse, two miniature donkeys, and three (male) fainting goats, one dog and three cats.
I do not produce the goat milk that I use for my soaps but rather purchase the milk from a neighbor who, at the present time owns 8 French Alpine goats.
Longing for a new adventure, I considered making candles. After researching candles I felt that soap making would be a better fit for me. I made my first batch, tried it myself, gave some to friends and family to try, we all loved it so much, that here we are now, making lotions and other products. The response of Bilha soaps and other products has been overwhelming.
How the Soaps Are Made
Our cold process soaps are made by:
Heating a mixture of balanced oils and butters together.
The Sodium hydroxide (Lye) produces heat when combining it with goat’s milk.
After both mixtures cool and reach the same temperature, the two mixtures are blended together stimulating saponfication in which creates glycerin and dissolves away any lye in the finished product.
In the soap’s thickened process, herbs, essential and fragrance oils can be added.
The soap is poured into molds and insulated for two days. Thence removed from the molds, cut and cured for 6 to 8 weeks.
How the Soap Got Its Name (About Bilha)
The Biblical name Bilhah, pronounced bil-haw', is Hebrew in origin means timid or bashful.
Bilha is a family owned business and is named after our sponsored child in Africa. Like so many other children in Africa, Bilha was orphaned at a young age. She lives with her granny and 4 other orphans. A portion of the profits go to Bilha and her village.
What is the Psalm 139:14 Project?
A portion of the proceeds go to The Psalm 139:14 Project.
The Psalm 139:14 Project is:
“For I am fearfully and wonderfully made”
Psalm 139:14 Project supports young adolescent girls and women through His Arms Kenya. Feminine products are very hard to come by in that area.
Many of these young adolescent girls are forced to not attend school during "their monthly times" or worse yet, if they have an "accident" and others note it, they may never return to school. So with the help of women volunteers, all materials are purchased locally in Kisumu or Luanda, Kenya. That means for $2 a packet, women and girls can be given a packet that includes underwear (few can afford these), and then at least 3 or 4 cloth pads that can be washed and re-used that the women sewers have pattern for. This $2 will also pay for the labor, so it employs some of the women!