If you’ve heard the term “farm-to-table beauty” before, chances are good that your mind immediately goes to plant-based ingredients. But there’s more to this clean beauty category than just what’s grown in the ground. Take, for instance, goat milk.
Okay, we know what you’re thinking—well, actually, you’re probably not thinking of anything. Goat’s milk isn’t exactly a standard beauty ingredient you find in your everyday lotions and potions. Which is a shame because it has benefits that the team behind Beekman 1802 knows quite a lot about.
The duo of Dr. Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell purchased the Beekman Farm in upstate New York way back in 2008. They inherited a herd of goats with the farm and, just for fun, started to make their own goat milk soaps. Word quickly spread on how moisturizing and rich these artisan soaps were and demand grew. As they so humbly say, one thing led to another, and suddenly they had created an entire lifestyle brand centered around that little herd of goats. (Pro tip: If you are having a rough day and need a little pick-me-up, the website features a live goat cam where you can watch those ridiculously adorable little farm friends frolic and play and generally live their best lives. It’s impossible not to smile when you watch. Go on, I dare you.)
While I’ve dabbled in goat milk beauty, it’s never been a key part of my regimen. I wanted to see what it could do, so I volunteered my skin for science and tested out four of the brand’s bestsellers: the Fresh Goat Milk Whipped Body Cream, Wish Wash Oil to Milk Cleanser, Pure Goat Milk Lip Balm, and the Goat Milk Mud Mask. Keep reading to learn what happened when I replaced my regularly scheduled skin-care routine with that goat milk goodness.
Despite being a beauty editor for almost 15 years, I am not big on lotions. Going through the whole rigmarole of slathering greasy creams on my body and then struggling into a pair of jeans seemed like a hassle I didn’t need to deal with. Well, then I moved from Brooklyn to Denver, CO and suddenly my skin was PARCHED. Enter the Goat Milk Whipped Body Cream. The texture is not the airy lotion I was expecting, but rather a rich cream. The airiness comes in after you’ve applied — my skin drank it up and I was left silky soft, no slippery residue. I also loved the fact that it wasn’t fragranced (although there are some very delicious scents it comes in like Honeyed Grapefruit, Spring Blossom, and Oak Moss).
Another fun side effect of this dry mountain air has been the extreme chapped lips situation. No matter how I try, I can’t seem to keep them hydrated — they haven’t been this bad since I was on Accutane. I put the Goat Milk Lip Balm on at night and it didn’t feel thick or goopy, rather it melted over top my lips, creating a lightweight barrier that instantly relieved my lips and kept the moisture in overnight. I now carry one in my purse and one by my nightstand and my lips have never been softer.
I normally have pretty oily skin and am prone to adult acne, so I know my way around a mud mask. I also know how drying they can be and the stinging sensation that comes with them. I am now never using another mud mask ever. The creamy texture felt cooling on my skin and while there was a bit of a tingle at first, it quickly faded. After I rinsed it off, my face was positively glowing — the usual bumpy blackheads dotting my nose were non-existent.
In addition to the delightful name, this body wash was an absolute joy to use. It’s gentle enough for both your face and body and has a transforming texture that takes it from oil to milk when you add a bit of water. I had spent the day hiking and was covered in dust, so I whipped this out in the shower and it got rid of every last speck of grime on my face and body, all while leaving my skin feeling moisturized.
If you’re looking for a community minded, affordable (yet still luxurious) truly farm-to-table beauty brand with a unique main ingredient, you can’t go wrong with any of the Beekman 1802 products. Highly recommend, 10 out of 10, go get your goat milk on.