By Nicole Brochu
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.
Convinced of breast milk’s healing powers, one South Florida mom isn’t just feeding her baby with it. She’s been using this so-called “liquid gold” to make organic soap for the whole family.
Now, Paula D’Amore is selling the bars, custom-made from each customer’s own expressed milk.
Launched in January from the kitchen of her Greenacres, Fla., home, Liquid Gold Soaps is a labor of love, D’Amore said, born from a desire to give other breast-feeding moms natur al solutions to everything from cradle cap in infants to acne in adults.
“Breast milk has many, many healing properties: [It] softens the skin, helps control oil, reduces redness, helps to treat acne, rashes. I mean the list goes on and on,” D’Amore, 29, says on her Liquid Gold Soaps Facebook page. “So [by] putting it in [an] organic soap base, I am creating a soothing soap that the entire family can use.”
Cooked up on low-to-medium heat and mixed with ingredients like coconut oil, therapeutic-grade essential oils, glycerin, purified water, organic honey, soybean protein and, for the exfoliate variety, oatmeal, each bar of soap lasts for up to 34 uses, D’Amore said.
With 5 ounces of breast milk, she makes three bars that sell for $15. Likewise, 10 ounces can produce six bars for $30.
“I think it’s great,” said Vanessa Hernandez, a Lake Worth, Fla., mom of four who has used Liquid Gold Soaps on the “really bad eczema” plaguing her 8-month-old daughter. “It’s the only thing that helps her. I used all of the creams the doctor recommended, and I didn’t see much of a relief.”
Hernandez was so impressed that she’s now using the soap on her face for the occasional breakout.
“It’s not a cure-all,” she said. “I do see blackheads, but I don’t break out as badly, and I don’t feel like it dries my skin out like other soaps.”