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Bumperlicious Sun 05-Oct-08 11:29:00

I've got 4 small pots of EBM in the freezer which really need to go as they are taking up room and are probably at least 7 months old.

I was thinking of making some soap with it (no comments on that part of it please, I really don't care if you think it is ewwww or not!) but it looks pretty complicated. Are the ingredients complicated and hard to get? Plus, I only have this limited amount of EBM as I can no longer express so I don't want to buy heaps of the ingredients, plus I don't have a lot of money atm.

Anyone done it and is it worth it? Is it going to be the elixir of youth that I think it is grin? Failing that, what else can I do with it. It pains me to throw it, but it is probably was past it's best. I'm certainly not going to drink it <boak> (not that I have any squeamishness about drinking my own breast milk, I'm just really funny about milk and creamy stuff in general. I've tasted BM an can't stand it!).

What should I do with it?

NomDePlume Sun 05-Oct-08 11:31:33

Fastasleep (shamed ex-mumsnetter) made loads of it once. I seem to remember her saying that start up costs weren't worth it unless you could make loads.

Bumperlicious Sun 05-Oct-08 11:34:45

I was just reading her thread actually , but she wanted to sell it, and got pretty flamed! I was just thinking of making it to use as a facial cleaner for myself, but you maybe right anyway, probably quite expensive. I only wanted to give it a go with the little EBM that I have left.

Bumperlicious Sun 05-Oct-08 18:22:13

Bump for anyone who's done this

wastingmyeducation Sun 05-Oct-08 20:05:02

I suppose if you were going to carry on making soap with other (non-bodily-fluid) ingredients, then it would be worth forking out for the equipment.
Sounds gross and strangely fascinating at the same time! grin


Shitehawk Sun 05-Oct-08 20:13:29

I bought some of Fastasleep's soap - she used lavender and oatmeal in it, and it was lovely. Not gross, not ewwww - once it's treated as part of the soap-making process it really is no different to using cow's milk.

If you're going to make other sorts of soap it would be worth the outlay, but as a one-off it would be very expensive.

If it's past being usable for your baby then I wouldn't have too many qualms about throwing it away.

IlanaK Sun 05-Oct-08 20:18:48

If you just want to use it for yourself to see if it helps your skin, why not just use it plain? I mean, splash come on your face after washing. Altering it by making it into soap may mean that it won't benefit your skin as much anyway.

Fastasleepy Tue 28-Oct-08 12:53:01

I'm not a shamed ex MNer lol

To sell soap (non BM!) you must get each particular recipe certified. Google soap certification. It is expensive.

To make for yourself it's not too expensive, and can be fun!

My EBM soap was really popular, and I only had one bar left out of about 50 within a week or two of it being cured grin

NomDePlume Tue 28-Oct-08 12:53:59

Hello FA grin

NomDePlume Tue 28-Oct-08 12:58:38

I've just had a peep on your profile and see you've added another to your brood. Congrats !

Fastasleepy Tue 28-Oct-08 12:58:51

Ello tis true I barely ever dare to venture into these waters these days wink

The biggest things are getting a pan and a mould (or you can use tupperwares) the pan has to be stainless steel or enamal...

You can substitute oils/butters for others to make cheaper soap, olive oil can be swapped for corn or sunflower, coconut and palm oil (solids) can be bought from Indian type mini supermarkets. Sodium hydroxide can be bought from the cleaning sections of Wilkinson's too

Fastasleepy Tue 28-Oct-08 12:59:51

Oh yes I put the wrong year for DD1 like a silly bugger I think but yes DD2 is 9 months now! Thank you! (I remember you btw ;) um unlike most other people blush )

slim22 Tue 28-Oct-08 13:05:55

Breastmilk soap? blimey, just learned something new!

I rate this one with my awakening to mooncups 4 years ago.

Fastasleepy Tue 28-Oct-08 13:07:51

Oooops forgot you're not allowed to swear backs away embarrassed!

ElviraInanEcup Tue 28-Oct-08 13:20:55

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