Our farm-fresh buttermilk is raw and grass-fed from local regenerative farmers. Buttermilk is quite frankly, fermented milk and high in so many naturally occurring nutrients. It is much thicker than “sweet” (regular) milk, almost like a kefir or yogurt. The pH level in buttermilk is reduced and casein, the primary protein in milk, solidifies. Originally, all buttermilk comes as a by-product of making butter. When cream is churned, the fat separates from the liquid. The liquid left behind is what was called buttermilk. Buttermilk can also be made from whole farm-fresh milk by not skimming the butterfat off the top. We have used both methods in different formulas. Sometimes we have to hand-culture the buttermilk ourselves, but our busy farmers can do this for us as well. We freeze the buttermilk so that it can be safely added to our soaps and shampoos.
We also use grass-fed powdered buttermilk just in our face masks and bath bombs since these are dry products. Powdered buttermilk is produced by evaporating the liquid from the buttermilk. After the liquid is evaporated, the remaining buttermilk is dried into a powder. We source our buttermilk from grass-fed USA sources.
Buttermilk is high in multiple different proteins. Farm-fresh, raw buttermilk can have dozens of naturally occurring probiotics along with many alpha-hydroxy acids like lactic acid, which promote cell renewal and rejuvenation of beauty factors such as brightness, tone, and complexion maintenance. Milk is considered a “complete protein” and “near-perfect food” meaning it contains all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for your body to function at an optimal level, plus all the essential Omega 3, 6, & 9 fatty acids in balanced proportions in addition to most of the vitamins and minerals your body needs. And buttermilk is even better! To learn more about this subject, we recommend to read our detailed article about the specific benefits and the extensive list of buttermilk nutrients here: https://perma-earth.com/why-buttermilk-soaps/
For those concerned about lactose intolerance: Milk used in soap or other topical products has no direct relation to lactose-intolerance. While the milk enzymes and acids are released into the skin during soap use, these components remain external to the human digestive system. This is because lactose–intolerance solely involves how the digestive system handles lactose poorly, not the integumentary system – which includes hair, skin, nails, etc.
Buttermilk is highly raved for remedying hair and skin problems. It contains high amounts of Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) which can brighten and even the skin tone. The “most beautiful” Queen Cleopatra of ancient Egypt used to have regular buttermilk baths, which was said to make her skin glow beautifully. Using buttermilk could make your skin softer and is also an amazing cleanser. The proteins in buttermilk can help nourish your hair and replenish essential nutrients while leaving your hair or body feeling fresh and clean!
The lactic acid and AHAs present in buttermilk can help gently exfoliate your skin, eliminate dead skin cells, and speed up the healing process. Additionally, as it has a high moisture content, buttermilk heals, rejuvenates and repairs skin damage faster than most other natural skin treatments. Buttermilk contains a plethora of essential proteins, vitamins, and minerals that deeply nourish the hair and boost the growth of new hair.
We use buttermilk as a star ingredient in most of our soaps, shampoos, face masks, and bath bombs.