A mum is set to clean up after she got creative at home during the pandemic and started to make soap out of her BREAST MILK.
Ashley White, 31, made her first breast milk soap after giving birth to her daughter Mia in April 2020 for her family to use.
Cafe worker Ashley, husband Paul and daughters Mylee, 10, and Mia, eight-weeks-old, all used the soap during lockdown and love how it makes their skin feel.
She has now been flooded with requests from strangers on the internet who want to buy her soap after sharing photos of her very personal products online.
Ashley, from Carnforth, Lancashire, 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.
“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.
“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.”
Ashley melted glycerine in the microwave before slowly adding half a pint of breast milk and a few drops of essential oils to make the soap.
The young mum-of-two then adds dried lavender to the silicone moulds and pours the liquid soap on top until it sets.
With a fridge full of soap, Ashley is now considering starting up a business selling her breast milk products after being inundated with interest online.
She said: “I’m definitely considering selling them – I’ve had quite a bit of interest off of people wanting to buy them.
“I am only making the soap for now – I’m yet to make lotion, jelly and a milk bath.
“We have just been using the soap at home at the moment and it has been helping Mylee’s eczema a lot and we are finding our hands aren’t so dry when using it too.
“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.
“The breast milk soap is meant to help with rashes, eczema, acne and sunburn to name a few – it’s quite awesome really!
“I’m 99% 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!
“I haven’t told many people in my personal circle about it – one friend has called it ‘crazy arse soap’, but my family want to buy it although I will, of course, give them it to them for free.”