Mates make soap from breast milk

Sunday News - - NEWS - MATTHEW CATTIN

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.

I would have given him a big hug and said thank you. Thank you for be­ing there at the right time.’ JESSIE KING, RIGHT You went out on top of the world, who else can say that – full Richie style.’ SCOTTY BROOKER

Richard Eb­bett’s fu­neral yes­ter­day at Palmer­ston North’s Awa­puni Race­course used the ad­ven­turer’s love of mo­tocross as its theme.

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