A year ago I posted a very exciting and popular article that detailed how to make expired breast milk lotion. I received several inquiries on separation issues. Since I’m such a nice person, I wanted to fix this for my mama friends. I want those of you making this recipe to enjoy it fully with as little issues as possible. I did more research and I’ve revised my recipe to account for some issues.
Breast milk is a great resource for healing skin ailments. Paired with shea butter, coconut oil, and honey this concoction is sure to leave your skin feeling healthy and new. This lotion is great for eczema, rashes, and dry skin.
In my research, the first thing I realized that needed changing is converting everything to weight. You’ll need a kitchen scale to complete this recipe. I love my Mira scale (truly), but there are other options on the market, of course.
Ingredients for making your own breast milk lotion:
- 2.5 oz breast milk
- 2 grams borax (read below *)
- 0.5 ounces beeswax
- 0.5 ounces shea butter
- 3 oz carrier oil (I used 1 ounce coconut and 2 ounces almond)
- 0.7 ounces raw honey
- 3 drops lavender essential oil
- 2 grams optiphen
I first put a medium pot on medium heat with a double boiler and added my beeswax and shea butter to melt together. In a smaller pot, add your thawed breast milk and turn to a low heat. It’s okay if your breast milk is cold. Expired milk is okay! (Fresh milk is okay, too, of course.) Once the breast milk was warm, I added the borax to dissolve.
* Borax is found in the laundry isle at supermarkets. Because this recipe is using beeswax, we’re using borax to help emulsify (hold together) the whole thing. There are other emulsifiers on the market for lotion making, but I like beeswax so I am using borax.
Once your wax/butter mixture is melted and the borax is dissolved in your breast milk turn off your burners. Pour the breast milk into the wax and whip. I kept everything in my double boiler until the end, and at this point whipping by hand is perfectly fine.
Add your oils and honey. When warm the mixture may smell especially milk-like. I promise you 3-4 drops of lavender will pay off in the end. Don’t overdo it. Add a few drops and continue whipping by hand. Once your mixture is smooth, transfer to a tall glass jar. I use a salsa jar because I have tons of them. You can use a quart jar or whichever you prefer.
Now this is where you might want to dig out the emulsion blender if you have one. My mom got me one at a yard sale and it is amazing. It has this fancy whip attachment and makes blending lotions so much more fun! If you don’t have one, just use a smaller whisk and whip by hand. Continue whipping until the lotion starts to solidify.
Once your mixture has cooled a little, add in your preservative. My last recipe did not have a preservative, but breast milk lotion is considered a water based lotion and so you need one to ward of mold and other yuckiness. Also, in revising this recipe I learned vitamin E oil is not a preservative. I feel lied to… but I’m happy to produce safe products on my own now. You know better you do better, right?
You should continue to whip sporadically as your lotion cools. I used this time to clean up my space.
** PRO TIP: If you wipe everything with a paper towel first, they will wash up quickly. Oils and wax can be stubborn in the sink.
Your lotion will get all light and fluffy as you whip it and it cools. Once your lotion is complete, transfer it to a pretty container. There are tons of options on Amazon. I got a whole set of unused jars and such at a yard sale for super cheap. I seriously lucked out and am totally excited about it!
Make sure to add a label and date it. I just put September because I’m lazy today, but whatever works for you is fine. This breast milk lotion was made for a friend with her milk, so I wanted to make sure it was labeled clearly so she could have confidence in using it.
And there you have it! I know this recipe is slightly more involved, but I promise you it’s so worth it to have a fully functional and safe lotion. When made correctly using the preservative, this lotion should last about 6 months. You can keep it in the fridge to extend the life, though the wax will make it harden slightly. Discard at the first sign of spoilage.
Thanks for reading! Let me know how you like the new recipe!