About Pine Lane Farm
Pine Lane Soaps is a small family owned business dedicated to using all natural products for bath and body. We have registered Toggenburg and Saanen dairy goats and children in our community show them in 4-H. Our main product is goat’s milk soap, but we have much more! Located in Southwestern Ohio, we work together as a family to create many varieties of goat’s milk soap and other great goat milk products!
Our 88 acre farm has been in the family for over 60 years. The property is in Jackson Township, Clermont County Ohio and was originally part of a much larger property given to a soldier after the Revolutionary War. The farm was originally purchased by Robert and Cappie Kincaid and now have had four generations working on the farm and with the original herd of beef cattle. Over the years, we have have raised about every species of livestock but have specialized in Dairy Goats. We have been able to document the changes in property ownership over the years and are proud of our heritage!
About Our Goats
We have lots of goats! They are all registered with the American Dairy Goat Association and we take care of them all year. The goats are bred in the fall and give birth in the spring. The gestation period is 5 months. When the kids (babies) are born, the does (mothers) produce milk. It is important for kids to have milk right away.
We raise Toggenburg and Saanens. Both are good, strong dairy breeds known for their capacious udders. Goat milk is high in fat and this fat, when added to the oils in the soap ingredients, makes a moisturizing and gentle soap.
Saanen goats are a white or cream-colored breed of dairy goat named for the Saanen valley in Switzerland. Saanens are the largest of the dairy breeds. Does typically weigh 150 pounds. The Saanen breed also produces the most milk on average and tends to have a lower butterfat content, about 2.5%–3.0%. A Saanen doe can produce a gallon of milk a day. They are commonly used for commercial milking. The Saanen temperament is calm and mild mannered. Saanen goats are easy for children to handle, and are popular in the showmanship classes due to their calm nature. They typically breed every year, producing one or two kids.
Regardless of color, the Saanen breed is large and big-boned, but graceful and refined in bone. The ears are erect and the nose is straight or dished. Both does and bucks usually have beards, unless trimmed for a show, and horns (as do most other breeds), unless dehorned at birth. Saanen goats appear on Farmville, a popular facebook game.
Toggenburgs are generally brownish with a white stripe up the face and are named for the region of Toggenburg, Switzerland where they originated. Toggenburgs generally have compact bodies, and does should have high, well-attached udders. They should have straight or dished faces, but never roman noses. Toggenburgs are generally a friendly, quiet and gentle breed, and are good as pets. Although Toggenburgs generally produce a bit less milk than some other breeds, it is higher in butterfat.
Some kids are raised on bottles and some continue to nurse. When we milk, we always wash the udder and teats first. We milk every morning. When the milking is done, each teat is covered with iodine to keep out infection. The milk is either fed back to the babies or used for soap. All of our milk used for drinking or cheesemaking is pasteurized, which kills any harmful bacteria.
When it comes to breeding, we do not own bucks or keep them on the property. Pine Lane Soaps partners with top-notch, respectable breeders in the Midwest to provide our herd sires. Goats are seasonal breeders, which means they typically come into “heat” late summer and fall. We choose to breed them in October and November. After a 5 month gestation, we expect lots of little poopsies! And yes, the bucks are VERY stinky!
About Our Soap
Goat’s milk is high in fat, which, combined with the other natural oils we use, makes a fabulous moisturizing soap. Commercial soaps have a water base and in the process, naturally occurring glycerin is removed and put into other products. In our soaps, made using the Cold Process method, the glycerin remains, which is why goat’s milk soap is so much more moisturizing than commercial soap or shower gel. All of our soap contains Shea Butter, which adds wonderful moisturizing and healing benefits to the soap. Our bars are 4 – 5 oz. each.
- All our soaps are made in small batches using milk from our own dairy goats. No pre-made bases. We use NO water in our soaps.
- We use only the highest quality oils and butters. Only natural and gentle ingredients. We use fair trade oils and butters when possible.
- No harsh chemicals , additives or alcohol is used that can irritate or dry the skin.
- Naturally occurring glycerin is left in the soap for deep moisturizing.
- Goats milk adds extra vitamins and minerals to nourish your skin and seal in moisture. It makes a smooth and creamy lather.
- Lotions, lip balm and body scrubs available too.
- Goats milk has the same pH as human skin.
- Lots of fabulous scents and botanicals!
A Little More About Us
We are so much more than a soap company! Many children from the Clermont County Ohio 4H Program show our goats. As our own children have aged out of 4H, we are pleased to partner with other families and provide an enriching experience to them. 4H members work with their designated animals throughout the year and gain vital skills in caretaking, responsibility, grooming, showing, cleaning, etc. Here at Pine Lane Farm, we believe in educating!