Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream
Rich and comforting
Calming ingredients including jojoba, polypeptides, and goat milk
Airless pump packaging
May congest oily or acne-prone skin
High price point
Not Byrdie Clean
In short, I love Kate Somerville's Goat Milk Moisturizer. It’s nourishing, calming, sits really nicely on the skin, and does a good job of minimizing redness.
Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream
We put the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
I have admittedly been wanting to try the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizer ever since I read the rave review on Caroline Hirons's website (if you know, you know). It’s not that I’m still looking for my ideal moisturizer (I’ve discovered a few over the years), but the promise of a soothing, calming, nourishing cream from a brand I truly respect is too much for me—a skincare-obsessed writer—to resist.
And now I find myself here, reviewing this cult-favorite moisturizer for all those who have also read the online praise and wondered if it measures up. The short of it is, yes, it does. But skincare is highly personal, and what works for me (or Hirons) might not work for you, so I’ve pulled together some more nuanced thoughts below. Keep reading for the review.
Best for: Normal, dry, sensitive, irritated, or compromised skin types. Some acne-prone skin types might find it soothing, as well.
Uses: As a daily moisturizer, both morning and night.
Star rating: 4.5/5
Potential allergens: Goat milk
Active ingredients: Lactose from goat milk, polypeptides, jojoba, avocado, aloe, grapeseed oil, and vitamin E.
Byrdie Clean? No; contains PEG-100.
About the brand: Kate Somerville is a skin expert who rose to fame after opening her Skin Health Experts clinic in Hollywood back in 2004. Her namesake product line soon followed, and has amassed legions of fans thanks to its extensive product offering, effective, science-backed formulas, and no-nonsense approach to skincare.
About My Skin: Normal to dry with occasional breakouts
Most of the time—around 80 percent—my skin is calm and smooth. But outside of this, it’s temperamental depending on the season and my lifestyle. For example in winter, I’ll dry right out. Or if I’ve been overindulging, I’ll break out. I also have a little hyperpigmentation due to sun damage when I was younger, but such is life. These days, I’m all about products that will nourish, clear, and even out my complexion without irritation.
The Feel: Lightweight and fast-absorbing
Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizer isn’t a thick cream, but more of a lightweight lotion. And while it has a dewy finish, I didn’t find it greasy or congesting. Bonus points for the airless pump that ensures the integrity of the formula remains intact.
It’s rich enough to comfort skin before bed but also works really well under makeup during the day (no residual tackiness whatsoever). If you like a thick lotion, this might not be the product for you as some Sephora reviewers called it “watery,” but it is ideal if you like a more fast-absorbing product.
The Ingredients: Goat milk and other soothing agents
The hero in Kate Somerville's Goat Milk Moisturizer is—you guessed it—goat milk, or more specifically the lactose found within it. Here are the specifics of the ingredients in this hardworking lotion.
- Goat milk: Essentially, the lactose in goat milk gently exfoliates the skin without any irritation and moisturizes the skin. Think of it as a modern, scientifically validated take on Cleopatra bathing in a tub of milk.
- Coconut, avocado, and jojoba oils: These oils help to nourish the skin, making them great for drier skin types. These oils leave your skin soft and smooth.
- Grapeseed oil: This is an antioxidant that helps to neutralize free radicals to protect skin from pollution and UV rays to ward against premature aging.
- Aloe: This natural addition helps to calm and soothe irritated skin.
Interestingly, there’s also some witch hazel and rosemary in there, which I would typically try to avoid as I think of them as astringent, but in this case, they were nothing to worry about.
How to Apply: Day and night
This is one of those rare moisturizers that does work both day and night. Simply take a pump or two and work it in as a final step (pre-SPF) and you’re golden. Work it into your face, as well as your neck and chest. The pump on the bottle ensures that the lotion doesn't get contaminated and stays fresh.
The Results: Calm, smooth skin
The first time I tried Kate Somerville's Goat Milk Moisturizer, my face was quite tight and the skin around my nose was red because it had been so windy. Lo and behold, every superficial sign of dehydration was gone once I slathered this on. Great first impressions, but I carried on for three weeks because you really can’t judge skincare (even a moisturizer) after only a handful of times using it.
Fast forward to now, and I still haven’t picked up any other products. The Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizer is the product for me. It's incredibly calming (I swear it reduced some of the redness I had around some breakouts) and leaves skin feeling soft and cared for.
Don’t get me wrong—it's just a simple, nourishing, soothing moisturizer—but I love it.
And I know I said it offers super gentle exfoliation properties before, but I kept using my regular AHA/BHA treatment once a week (P50, for anyone curious), as well as my retinol three nights a week.
The Value: Pricey but reasonable
I get that $76 is steep for a moisturizer, but I truly loved this product, so I’d be happy to splurge. The calming and hydrating effects were instant, noticeable, and only got better with time. But if you’re looking for a more accessible dupe, check out the similar products just below.
What to Look For
When considering the best lotion for you, look at your skin type and the needs you want to address. For example, if you have dry skin you should look for moisturizing ingredients that can provide long-lasting hydration. If you have acne-prone skin, lightweight lotions that won’t block pores are a great option. Active ingredients like salicylic acid can further help to keep skin clear. For those that want anti-aging lotions, active ingredients such as retinol or peptides can help to keep your skin looking youthful. Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizer is a versatile lotion that is good for all skin types.
The active ingredients are gentle enough that you can easily use this with other serums with retinol or salicylic acid without any adverse reactions.
Similar Products: You've got options
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Moisturizing Cream: French pharmacy products are always my go-to when it comes to simple nourishment with minimal irritants. This particular cream ($31) has a rich texture but absorbs quickly, leaving the skin soft, comfortable, and plump.
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturizing Cream: This Kiehl's moisturizer ($33) is one of those OG products that’s truly stood the test of time. I think it comes down to the fact that it’s simple, nourishing, fragrance-free, and full of good-for-skin ingredients like squalane, glycerin, and avocado oil.
Dr. Jart+ Ceramidin Cream: This Dr. Jart+ cream ($48) puts the focus on ceramides, but like Kate Somerville's, it’s incredibly useful when it comes to soothing sensitive skin. Use it if your barrier is compromised or you’ve accidentally overdone it on the actives.
Kate Somerville's Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream is one of those rare instances when the product lives up to its digital hype. It comforts the skin, takes away redness, and feels nice. It also hasn’t caused any congestion (for me, anyway), which can be hard to find when it comes to rich creams. 10/10 would repurchase.
- Product Name Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream
- Product Brand Kate Somerville
- Price $70.00
- Weight 1.7 oz.
- Full Ingredient List Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Myristyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Decyl Oleate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Goat Milk Powder, Lactose, Milk Protein, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Flower Water, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Aminomethyl Propanol, Disodium EDTA, Lactic Acid, Benzoic Acid.