Two years ago, Regina and Steve Bauscher could hardly have predicted they’d be co-owners of a company called Honey Sweetie Acres. (We don’t want to give anything away, but check out the Honey Sweetie Acres website for the story behind their company name.)
Honey Sweetie Acres started as a family farm raising Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats. After finding soap made with milk from the farm goats to be incredibly restorative, Regina knew she couldn’t keep the soap to herself. Says Regina, “…everyone began raving about how much their skin improved.”
The goat milk is definitely the secret ingredient in Honey Sweetie Acres’ soap. Nigerian Dwarfs have more than double the butterfat content of any other goat breed, which results in a very emollient bar of soap. Co-owner Regina’s chemistry minor doesn’t hurt either. “I find it fascinating to tweak recipes to find just the right combination of natural ingredients and aim to improve the soap with each batch.”
In addition to the soap that started it all, you’ll find goat milk lotion, body butter, lotion bars and dead sea salt scrubs on the Honey Sweetie Acres website. If you’re undecided, Regina says you must try the lotion bars. “We’ve had to enlarge the size of our bars and ramp up production due to demand.” And of course, if you want a little bit of everything, Honey Sweetie Acres is happy to assemble a gift basket to your specifications.
If you’re in the neighborhood, Honey Sweetie Acres invites farm visits to see soap and the goats. (As with any working farm, please do call ahead to schedule.) If you can’t visit in person, keep up with the goat antics and announcements of fairs, festivals, and farmers markets on their Facebook page. And, of course, order products online anytime.
Thank you, Honey Sweetie Acres, for sharing your story!