Follow this super simple, no-lye breast milk soap recipe for a scrumptious soap that lathers really, really well!
My youngest child spent his first two weeks of life in the NICU, so I pumped around the clock (every 2 to 3 hours) to establish my supply. Thankfully he latched on like a champ the day before we took him home, and he has been eating well ever since.
Fast forward 5 months and I have quite a bit of frozen breast milk that needs to be used up. He occasionally gets a bottle whenever I need to be away for more than a couple of hours, but for the most part, he gets his milk directly from the tap! I wish we’d bought a deep freezer in order to store all of that liquid gold for longer than the recommended 6 months. Hindsight is 20/20, right?
Have you ever had a situation where there was milk in the fridge for too many days? The idea of just pouring it out hurts my soul.
I needed something to do with some of that extra milk in those situations, so I decided to make breast milk soap! According to La Leche League International, “Human breast milk may aid healing.”
As a mom who works from home and has a toddler and an infant, I appreciate recipes that are efficient and simple.
I really did not want to experiment with lye recipes, as lye is a very caustic chemical capable of causing serious injuries. Instead, I decided to try a few different melt and pour soap bases. You can see the list of soap bases I’ve tried by scrolling down.
Easy No-Lye Breast Milk Soap Recipe
This is the quick and easy way to make scrumptious breast milk soap that lathers beautifully and leaves your skin feeling so fresh and so clean! Just follow this 4-step recipe.
Melt 1/2 lb. of your preferred soap base in a microwave on the high setting. I like to melt in 15-second increments to reduce the chance of overheating the soap base (overheating creates bubbles that won’t go away, making your soap look less appealing).
Stir one (1) cup of room temperature breast milk into your melted soap base. Keep stirring until the breast milk and soap base are mixed together really well.
Once your breast milk and soap base are mixed together well, pour the liquid into the shape of containers you want to make your soap. I love these silicone molds.
Put the containers/molds into your refrigerator for a couple of hours to let them harden.
That’s all you have to do! Now you can use your breast milk soap for showers and baths.
Soap Base Options
Use Oils and Natural Ingredients to Add Beauty and Fragrance to Your Homemade Soap
If you want to make your breast milk soap fancier, you can try adding extra ingredients like oatmeal or poppy seeds. Both are great for exfoliation.
Honey is another ingredient that can enhance your homemade soap by making it more moisturizing. Check out these organic soap bases that already contain honey, coconut oil, palm oil, and safflower oil.
You can also use these powdered pigments to add different colors and shimmer to your soap. This set contains 24 packets and won’t break the bank, so there are bound to be a couple of colors you feel you can use freely and for experimental purposes before using your favorites.
You might also want to add fragrance to your soap. I leave the soap for my children fragrance-free, but when I make soap for myself, my husband, and others, I sometimes like to add an essential oil or two for fragrance. Essential oils like lavender are great for relaxation. Lemon mixed with lemongrass or ginger can create a refreshing and energizing soap. And citrus combinations like grapefruit, lemon, and orange can be mixed with an earthy oil like cedarwood for a more airy fragrance. Some people will tell you not to buy any oils that don’t say Young Living or DoTerra on them, but if you read the reviews for this brand on Amazon it looks like they’re working out pretty good for most people.
Vitamin E oil can be a great addition to skincare products and is said to be a natural preservative.
I’ve even used regular coffee grounds in homemade soap and it’s delightful! It helps with exfoliation and smells great even without the need for essential oils or added fragrances.
I hope this helps! Please keep in mind that the information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Breast milk soap works great for my family, but your mileage may vary. Happy soap making!
Have you ever made your own breast milk soap?