Go the way of the Goat

So What's the Big Deal Anyway??

Goat Milk Soap… so what’s the BIG deal anyway? Maybe you’ve never even heard that soap can be made from goat’s milk. Neither had we, until we had two goats who were producing more milk than we could possibly consume in cheese & yogurt. 

Enter retired homeschool mom (me) with a Google search engine & a computer. You could make other things with goat’s milk! After many months of research, I was in the kitchen pouring my first batch of goat’s milk soap and feeling pretty good about using up that excess milk. But that was only the beginning… Go Me!

Kim (my hubby) & I were literally amazed by our ‘new’ skin after only one use! We were both used to our skin feeling dry and tight after a shower or bath. You know, that squeaky clean feeling that makes you run for the lotion? Well, it didn’t feel that way at all.  It was as though I had been to a day spa and received some wonderful skin-conditioning treatment. And then I wondered…


What was it about goat’s milk that had such an amazing effect on the skin?

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids - These are the ingredients they add to acne creams. They occur naturally in goat’s milk and really are what I call the PacMan portion of the milk. They eat up dead skin which promotes new growth - kind of like a mild exfoliant that is working all the time
  • Vitamin A - Necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin. There have been several medical studies showing that products containing Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne and provide some psoriasis relief.
  • Reduces wrinkles and delays signs of aging. Its natural emollients and triglycerides moisturize & soothe dry and damaged skin.
  • Goats’ milk has the closest PH level to our skin. This helps protect from invading bacteria and chemicals.
  • Other essential nutrients and vitamins like vitamin C (wrinkles & dark circles), B1, B6, B12 (reduction of dryness and flakiness), and E (antioxidant reduces affects of sun-damaged skin)
  • Very effective at combating eczema & psoriasis


After years of wondering how we could best use our property as a means to provide for our family and be a blessing to others, I thought, Hey, maybe this could actually be a product!  And so it was…

THE BEGINNING… (because it certainly wasn’t THE END!)




Hello Basilwood Fans! Shelby here! It has been a long time since we have posted on the blog, and I decided it is high time to change that. So from now on I will be the main one blogging around here. To start things off, though, I would like to introduce myself to all of you. So here are 10 things about me...

  1. I have two kids, a 3-year-old son, the CIO and 1-yr-old daughter, Little Miss
  2. I am the daughter of Jill (The founder of Basilwood)
  3. I live here on the farm
  4. I have a degree is in English Literature
  5. My biggest fear? Heights
  6. I am 28 yrs old
  7. I love to read and write
  8. Favorite drink? Coffee (Two toddlers, big surprise!)
  9. I love my doberman, Toby
  10. I teach our Cheese, Please Workshop here in Basilwood

(This was my Mother's Day photo, of course neither kid would look at the camera!) 

I am looking forward to blogging for all of you!

Want to know more about me? Post a question in the comment and I will happily answer! Have a topic you want covered? Let me know!



Grateful for You!


We LOVE the holidays because we can step out of our everyday “race,” to truly enjoy time spent with family. From Thanksgiving until New Year’s, we would like you to join us in an attempt to slow down and be grateful for your loved ones.


 Every now and then we get the opportunity to celebrate thanksgiving at my cousin’s home. As all of our family members continue to age, we realize that it is important to get together when we can.

We are thankful for our family, friends, and loyal customers. Without all of you our dream of having a business would not be possible.

As we continue down our path we want to always remember the people that always believed in us.

 We are thankful for you! Yeah you! Thank you for taking the time to read this and showing us love. We want to continue making quality products that everyone can enjoy.

From our family to yours we wish you all a great thanksgiving holiday and blessed Christmas season. May it be filled with food, family, and laughter. Take a moment of the day to slow down and remember that we all need to enjoy life and make amazing memories.

Remember to give thanks for your family and friends…

xoxo From the Basilwood Team