Mum makes breast milk soap that helps with her daughter's eczema
It seems people have been incredibly productive in lockdown, from the dad who built his son a jungle-themed bed to the woman who transformed her dull balcony.
One mum from Lancashire has been using the extra time at home to make breast milk soap for her entire family.
Ashley White made her first batch of breast milk soap after she gave birth to her daughter Mia, back in April.
The idea came about as the mum-of-two was looking for alternative ways to make the most of her milk, without it going to waste.
Ashley said: ‘I wanted to look into other ways of using my milk. My milk coming in was a huge relief so I expressed quite a bit and built up a stash in the freezer.
‘I didn’t want my milk going to waste as it felt like a real achievement.’
Now her whole family use the soap and love the way it makes their skin feel. It’s even helped to clear up 10-year-old Mylee’s eczema.
Ashley adds: ‘I had heard how breast milk products are great for eczema, which my eldest daughter Mylee suffers with, so I looked up how to make the soap so she could use it.
‘The breast milk soap is meant to help with rashes, eczema, acne and sunburn to name a few – it’s quite awesome really.
‘My husband Paul and I only use the soaps on our hands for now whilst we wash Mylee and Mia’s entire bodies with it, although it won’t be long before we are all using it fully.’
To make the unique soap, Ashley melts glycerine in the microwave before pouring in half a pint of breast milk and a few drops of essential oils.
She also adds dried lavender to the silicone moulds and pours the liquid on top.
After sharing photos of her soap online, Ashley has been inundated with requests from people wanting to purchase some for themselves.
In fact, the interest has been so high, she’s now considering starting her own business – with plans to branch out to lotion, jelly and milk bath.
Ashley adds: ‘I’m definitely considering selling them – I’ve had quite a bit of interest off of people wanting to buy them.
‘I am thinking about selling the soap as the same price as other handmade soaps are selling for which is about £3 to £4 a bar.
‘I’m 99 per cent sure I will sell the soaps, but haven’t thought about a business name or anything like that just yet.
‘I haven’t had any negative backlash for making the soap out of my breast milk – but I’m sure I will.’
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