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She Makes Lotion From Jersey Cow Milk
Promoting dairy has been important to Michelle Popp since she and her husband started milking Jersey cows in 1998. Now she’s doing it with lotion that she makes in small batches to add value to their Wisconsin dairy operation.
“I wanted milk to be the main ingredient,” she says of the Jersey Girls lotion she started working on in the fall of 2021. She uses milk from the Popp’s 26-cow herd.
After online research, she experimented with different recipes to keep the ingredients natural and simple. She came up with an unscented lotion and lotions with essential oils.
“One of my guinea pigs was a vet that gets cracked, dry fingers that bleed. He used the lotion and said his fingers didn’t crack this winter,” Popp says. Other customers say the lotion has helped clear rosacea, and some say mosquitoes stay away when they use the peppermint/lavender lotion.
Popp makes the lotion in small batches. She starts by pasteurizing her milk in an Instant Pot that holds just under 2 gals. When it’s cooled, she adds essential oils and emulsifying wax to blend them together along with Optiphen preservative.
She sells her lotion at craft shows and has them in local salons, boutiques and coffee shops. She also takes photos of her jersey cows and makes cards and enlarged photos so that people can connect with where the milk for the lotion comes from.
“I sell to lots of people who farm and who care about what’s on the label for their babies and kids,” Popp says.
She recently opened an Etsy store for national sales. Lotions sell for $15 for 8 oz. pump bottles.
Popp emphasizes that she plans to keep her business personal and in the family with the help of her mother, a retired farmer. Making small batches of lotion ensures quality and a personal touch.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jersey Girls Lotion, Michelle Popp, Unity, Wis. (ph 715-613-0499; jerseygirls.wi@gmail.com; www.JerseyGirlsWI.etsy.com; Facebook: Jersey Girls).

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