Mates make soap from breast milk
SOME folks won’t have a bar of it, but breast milk soap is proving more sud than dud with curious customers.
The unconventional concoction is an experiment by friends Jemma Lee and Freya Flockton, who run organic skincare business Farm Folly. Having trialled coconut cream and goat’s milk, soap-maker Lee decided cold-processed breast milk could make an ideal substitute.
‘‘I was being milked myself, and I thought, well, it can’t be too different, so I started experimenting,’’ she said.
The high sugar content curdled the first batch, but after trial and error, the mums reckon they’ve now got the method down.
‘‘It’s the ultimate skin moisturiser and healer – the cre`me de la cre`me of soap,’’ Flockton said.
Isis McKay of Women’s Health Action says breast milk is renowned for its antibacterial properties, and there’s a growing body of research surrounding its use to treat skin conditions.
A ‘‘non-scientific but certainly relevant’’ example includes Kim Kardashian using it to treat acne, McKay said, and ‘‘if it’s good enough for celebrities like Kim Kardashian, it should be good enough for us’’.
The soap has people ‘‘really intrigued’’, and aside from the occasional shopper who ‘‘finds it very weird’’, the mums are yet to have any negative feedback.
‘‘Only mums can really understand this, but it’s such a labour of love, and it’s so nice to be able to use your milk beyond feeding,’’ Flockton said.
‘‘Before I became a mum the idea would have seemed pretty strange, but now it’s become the most natural and normal thing.’’
They plan to continue making soap using other mums’ milk when they stop producing themselves, and are already making batches using friends’ milk.
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