“Have you finally started your own beauty company?”
That’s what my best friend said – once he had finished laughing – when I told him I was testing some products from Caprina.
Caprina comes from the word capra. That means goat, both in Italian and English, and it’s my BFF’s nickname for me (I can be as stubborn as a goat sometimes). He thinks he’s funny.
Back to Caprina by Canus, what the heck has it to do with goats? Well, all the products are made with goat’s milk.
Why Goat’s Milk Is Good For The Skin
Lots of people will tell you that goat’s milk has more proteins and vitamins than regular milk. That’s a lie. It has less, which is why it’s not recommended for babies. They just won’t get all the nutrients they need from it.
Goat’s milk true strength is lactic acid. Lactic acid is an exfoliant that unglues the bond that hold skin cells together, so they can slough off and reveal the brighter and smoother skin underneath. And, it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin, too.
Not all skincare products contain enough lactic acid or have the right ph for it to work properly. But, don’t fret. It’s still useful. Lactic acid is a powerful humectant that can attract and bind water to the skin. This is how goat’s milk leaves your skin well hydrated and silky soft to the touch.
Do Skincare Products With Goat’s Milk Really Work?
In theory, they do. In practice, I had to put them to test. The products I tried from Caprina by Canus are:
- Fresh Goat’s Milk Body Lotion
- Fresh Goat’s Milk Body Wash
- Fresh Goat’s Milk Liquid Hand Soap With Olive Oil & Wheat Proteins
- Fresh Goat’s Milk Soap With Orchid Oil
- Fresh Goat’s Milk Soap With Shea Butter
Let’s see how they fared:
Fresh’s Goat Milk Body Lotion
I have dry skin, so I rarely stray from body butters. Body lotions just aren’t that moisturizing enough for me. Sadly, this wasn’t the exception to the rule.
Apart from goat’s milk, it has glycerin, which attracts water from the environment into the skin, and dimethicone, a silicone that locks it in, and helps the cream spread smoothly on the skin.
It’s a great combination for anyone with normal or oily skin. But, if yours is as dry as the desert, you’ll have to reapply it every few hours. A bore, I know. Everyone else won’t have to, though. Just the once will be enough for them.
On the plus side, the lotion is very lightweight and sinks immediately into the skin. You don’t have to worry about it sticking to your clothes or something. Oh, and it smells clean. It’s very subtle, so it won’t bother anyone.
Fresh Goat’s Milk Body Wash
This is my fave product from the line, which is weird. It contain sodium lauryl sulfate, and we already know how drying it is. And my skin is already dry. Not a good combo, usually.
But whoever formulated this has done a great job. The other cleansing agents, such as sodium laureth sulfate (no, this one isn’t irritating) and coco betaine, help reduce the irritating potential of SLS.
Glycerin, goat’s milk, and the other moisturizing agents do the same thing. It just goes to show that you can never judge an ingredient alone. How good or irritating it is often depends on what else is in the formula.
The body wash has a lightweight, slightly cream texture with some opalescence to it. A little goes a long way and is enough to cleanse my skin well without irritating or drying it out.
It smells like the body lotion, clean and soapy. But, it’s stronger. If you’re the kind of person who likes to smell clean, as opposed to a vanilla bean or a raspberry bush, after a shower, you’ll like this.
Fresh Goat’s Milk Liquid Hand Soap With Olive Oil & Wheat Proteins
This is my second fave product from the line. I’m Italian, so I love everything with olive oil. This oil, together with glycerin and goat’s milk, keeps skin hydrated while sodium laureth sulfate and coco betaine cleanse it.
This combination is very gentle on the skin, and leaves it clean and soft. No matter how many times I wash my hands, they never become dry.
The texture is, again, creamy and lightweight, and the scent clean and soapy. This time, though, it has a hint of olive oil to spice it up a bit.
Fresh Goat’s Milk Soap With Orchid Oil
When it comes to soaps, I pretty much stick to liquid. It’s so convenient and gentle on the skin. Bar soaps, not so much.
They’re usually made with stuff like sodium tallowate and sodium cocoate (this one contains both) that can be drying to the skin. Of course, that depends on how often you use them and how sensitive or dry your skin already is.
If you’re someone who washes her hands a lot, or who already has dry hands, this soap just wouldn’t do. My hands are always dry, so I can’t use it. After just one wash, they feel uncomfortably tight.
It’s a shame, cos I really like the scent. It’s clean and soapy (obviously!), but with a hint of flowers.
Keep in mind though, that you may experience different results. If you have normal skin, or don’t need to wash your hands too often during the day, I think you’ll like it.
It has glycerin and quite a bit of goat’s milk, both of which are hydrating and should help counteract any potential dryness in most people, so that’s good.
Fresh Goat’s Milk Soap With Shea Butter
If you want to get a bar soap from this brand, though, I highly recommend this one. It uses the same cleansing ingredients, but contains slightly less sodium cocoate.
And, it has shea butter, which brings its moisturizing power up a notch. Shea butter is one of the most moisturizing things on this earth, and is effects last longer than 8 hours even on very dry skin.
Still, this bar soap isn’t as hydrating as a liquid soap, but I find it a lot less drying on my skin. While I don’t use it every time I wash my hands, I can use it two or three times a day without experiencing any dryness, tightness, or any side effects whatsoever.
And it smells even better than the other one, which is weird. You’d think that something with orchid oil smelled better. But, this one is slightly more feminine and a bit strong. Still has that clean and soapy vibe, though.
Overall, I quite like Caprina skincare, but I find it more suitable for normal and oily skin than for dry skin, and for summer than winter time. As summers pass by in the blink of an eye here, I’d better hurry up and finish them all soon!
Caprina Fresh’s Goat Milk Body Lotion Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Dimethicone, Palmitic Acid, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprae Lac/Goat Milk/Lait de Chèvre, Caprylyl Glycol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Isocetyl Palmitate, Glycol Distearate, Glycol Stearate, Parfum/Fragrance, Potassium Sorbate, Triethanolamine, Tetrasodium EDTA, Myristyl Alcohol, Glycol, Citric Acid, DMDM hydantoin, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol, Citronellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool.
Caprina Fresh’s Goat Milk Body Wash Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamide DEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Caprae Lac, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Sodium Chloride, Parfum, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Methylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Maleated Soybean Oil, Glycerol, Diethanolamine, Sodium Benzoate, Polyquaternium-7, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Benzyl Benzoate, Eugenol, Citronellol, Linalool
Caprina Fresh Goat’s Milk Liquid Hand Soap With Olive Oil & Wheat Protein Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Caprae Lac/Goat Milk/Lait de chèvre, Potassium Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Peg-4, Rapessedamide, PEG-14M, Glycol Distearate, Glycol Stearate, Parfum/ Fragrance, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin, Citric Acid, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropinal, Hexyl Cinnamal
Caprina Fresh’s Goat Milk With Orchid Oil Ingredients: Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Cocoate, Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Caprae Lac/Goat Milk/Lait de chèvre, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Titanium Dioxide, Alpha – Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool
Caprina Fresh Goat’s Milk Soap With Shea Butter Ingredients: Sodium Tallowate, Aqua, Sodium Cocoate, Glycerin, Caprae Lac, Parfum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sodium Chloride, DMDM Hydantoin, Titanium Dioxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Geraniol, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol