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The Establishment
Dionis Soap
By Melissa Miller

The best known and most widely available of the product lines I sampled is Dionis Soap, of Charlottesville, Virginia. Dionis was founded in the mid-eighties by Kate Crosby, who moved to Virginia from England.

She began making goat's milk soap in her kitchen, then expanded to a shop in Charlottesville. She reportedly still personally milks her herd of goats daily to supply the milk for her company's products.

Dionis Unscented Goats Milk Soap ($3.00 for a 2.7oz bar) serves up a good deal of creamy, moisturizing lather, and Dionis Extra Rich Hand Cream (2oz for $6.50) is a winter dry-skin saver, leaving a protective barrier on the hands that lasts through several washings.

I keep the Blue Ridge Wildflower Liquid Soap (8oz for $7.50)  by mygoat kitchen sink; it leaves my hands soft and lightly scented. The Goats Milk Hand and Body Lotion in Piedmont Apple scent (16oz for $16.50) my favorite of the Dionis products, is thick and emollient, and its delicious fruity scent has great staying power.

The Dionis Body Wash (9oz for $8.70) has a high percentage of goat milk and a thick consistency, but I tried it with the Virginia Hyacinth scent, which is so highly floral and soapy that it made my eyes water (Id like to try this in one of the other scents available).

The line also includes foaming milk bath, shampoo and floral essence fragrance. The products are all available in these scents: Shenandoah Rose, Piedmont Apple, Colonial Lavender, Virginia Hyacinth, Blue Ridge Wildflower and Unscented with Oatmeal. Id love to see more fruit scents in this line, as I find the florals cloying and undistinguished.

Dionis GardensDionis has recently introduced its Gardens line, with a combination of garden and orchard scents such as Cucumber Mint, Ablemarle Pippen, Elderberry Quince, and Hawthorne Witch Hazel.

The Ablemarle Pippen Moisturizing Body Wash has a delightful apple aroma that is perfect for cold, early mornings.

The Cucumber Mint Glycerin Soap with Goat Milk is an invigorating scent blend, and leaves the skin soft and silky. The Garden selection includes hand and body lotion, moisturizing body wash, hand and body scrub, hand cream and glycerin soap. Find their products at and at other online retailers.

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