People have heard me say that I don't feed my family soy products and I don't feed my goats soybeans. So I am occasionally asked, "Why then do you use soybean oil in your goat milk soaps that your children use on their skin?" There are several reasons:
1. We use organic soybean oil. We do not feed the goats soybeans because most animal soy feed is now genetically modified (GMO). Organic soybean oil is derived from soybean fields that are non-GMO.
2. We want to give people with allergies a choice. We have many customers that have different allergies. We have customers allergic to soybean oil, sunflower oil, and even olive oil. So we decided to make different soaps that contain different oils so that people have an option. Our essential oil soaps and purity soaps contain sunflower oil. The organic castile and calendula soaps contain olive oil. And the fragrance oil soaps contain organic soybean oil.
3. The soybean phytoestrogens are destroyed by the saponification process. When I first started making goats milk soap, I spoke with a chemist I trusted about whether or not the phytoestrogens in soy would "survive" the saponification (soapmaking) process. While he did not test it, he was confident they would not survive. Phytoestrogens are why I prefer not to feed my family soy products.
4. We support American organic farmers. Growing organic soybeans here in the US is something we encourage and support. So while we avoid GMO soybeans where possible, and we don't eat organic soy because of the phytoestrogens, I feel that using organic soybean oil in my goat milk soap and on my children's skin is a safe and healthy alternative.
For those of you who are allergic to soy or wish to avoid it altogether, all of our unscented and essential oil soaps as well as our liquid soap are soy free. I hope that clarifies! Just let me know if you have any questions.