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Donna and Lauren Johanson of Chivas Skin Care raise French Alpine goats on their small farm in Camarillo, CA. This mother-daughter duo hand-milks the goats and uses the fresh milk — along with herbs from their garden, shea butter and natural oils — to make these incredible skin care products. Why is goat milk so important? It’s packed with vitamins A, B, C and D as well as essential minerals. It’s very gentle because it has a pH level that is close to that of our own skin, making it ideal for people with sensitive skin.
It’s not just the goat milk that sets apart these products. Donna and Lauren have created a sumptuous array of scents, each one familiar and exotic at the same time. Their original scent is made with a blend of peppermint, lavender and citrus oils, while Orange Spice smells like pumpkin pie with its blend of orange, cinnamon and clove. Patchouli Cedarwood is made with hemp seed oil to help heal dry skin. (Each of these soaps is available in a three-bar set.) If you’re having trouble choosing, the starter kit lets you try some of Chivas’ bestselling items, including its original soap, lip balm and Sweet Nothings (a light floral scent) facial cream and bath salts.
And if you really want to take gift-giving to the next level, you can give the gift of a goat. We heard about this idea from Daily Grommet reader Julia Elmer, who says it’s one of her favorite gifts. Chivas Skin Care has partnered with The Nomad Foundation to donate a herd of goats to the Tuareg people of Niger. If you purchase this option, one goat will be donated in the recipient’s name. The recipient receives a gorgeous gift box with a bar of soap and a card that explains the donation. For the person who seems to have everything, it’s an unforgettable and heartwarming gift.