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November 24th, 2010, 07:47 PM
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I'd like to make some soap or something this year with some friends. I'm thinking that I'd like to make it with breastmilk. I don't think my friends will mind at all using my milk. One friend did have a concern of it going bad though. Would it go bad if we made soap with it? How long would it last if we made a lotion with it?

Is soap making pretty easy? None of has ever done this before.

Is it pretty easy and cheap to get what we need to make soap? I'd prefer to buy it in person rather then on-line.

Any super easy recipes?

We're 3 mamas with little babies around so maybe an easy soap to make that isn't to dangerous to make around babies in case they do get underfoot.

Last edited by missmich; November 24th, 2010 at 08:27 PM.
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November 24th, 2010, 10:08 PM
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I have never made soap but I've always been interested in it. I think Anne (greenchild) makes soap so maybe she can help!

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November 24th, 2010, 10:44 PM
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Yeah I was hoping Anne would see this. I did look at the one recipe she posted as a sticky along with some other info. It seems not that easy to make soap and might be a little dangerous. We don't want any bo bo's !
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November 25th, 2010, 09:06 AM
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It really is pretty easy as long as you're careful with the lye You will need to get some ingredients online though. I don't think you can get lye at any stores anymore - although I did find some in an Amish community . . .

I do have a recipe for using breastmilk although I haven't tried it specifically with BM . . . I used fruit juice instead. I wasn't overly pleased with the results, it's okay, just not what I was used to and that could be bc it as juice and not milk, IDK. Gently Borne Mothers Milk Soap

Lotion - if you do not add a preservative (other than tea tree oil, grapefruit seed extract, or rosemary leaf extract) the lotion will go moldy in 3 weeks or less. You need potassium sorbate (another natural preservative, but you'll have to get that online). How long that will last, I'm not sure, I make small batches that last 6 - 8 weeks and since I added potassium sorbate it hasn't gone bad in that time frame.
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