Have you ever had a bunch of expired breastmilk in the freezer and didn’t feel comfortable using it past dates? The benefits of breastmilk extends to topical uses, and a local mama-owned business, Sudsy Addictions, provides a great alternative to tossing your hard-earned milk! Owner Tiffany Dotson was kind enough to answer some questions so I could share the benefits of her handmade soaps with you all!
What made you interested in making breastmilk soap? I always viewed being able to nurse my children as a blessing. I nursed all five of them, starting at the age of 15, so I was very familiar with the benefits of breastmilk externally. One of the worst things for me was when I had to “pump and dump” or throw out expired breastmilk. I mean, come on! That stuff is hard to come by!
Now that the Normalize Breastfeeding movement is in full swing, I thought it would not be odd to ask for a mommy to donate some of her milk for me to experiment with, in exchange for free products made with their milk. By including breastmilk in my soaps, not only can mommies and daddies feel confident that what they are putting on their baby’s skin is safe and all natural, but they can use it, too. Breastmilk soap is great for eczema, acne, and rashes. As a matter of fact, my daughter is addicted to the breastmilk shampoo I make. She has even placed her own order for 6 bars!
Another reason I like to make soap with breastmilk in it is because I found that it is a way to include fathers, partners and the whole family in the breastfeeding experience. I offer a soap made especially for dads that combines both breastmilk and their favorite beer!
Finally, and this one is sort of close to my heart, soap never expires. A mommy can save a bar of her breastmilk soap for when her little one has a little one of their own. In addition, for families that have lost little ones and still have milk, they can turn it into a truly precious and everlasting keepsake.
What is your favorite part about making soaps? I love that I have NEVER had to throw away a “bad” batch of soap. There is no such thing as a bad batch. You can almost always rebrand it, rebatch it, or turn it into another kind of soap entirely, like laundry or liquid soap. Some of my favorite soaps come from rebatching it.
Who has inspired you? I’ll be honest, my mom and I are estranged, but my creativity comes from her, and that is the one gene of hers that I will always be grateful for inheriting. The best times I remember with my mom were when we were making or creating something together. It’s a part of us I will always cherish.
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Sulphur Springs, Texas, but I have been here in Florida for a decade, and it is my home now.
What is your favorite part about living in the Florida Panhandle? Oh my gosh, that it is beautiful year round! I love that no matter what time of year it is, there is always something blooming, always new colors to look at, and new flowers to ogle.
What is one place you’d like to visit? I’d love to go to Alaska with my husband. It seems like such a magical place to me.
Most hated household chore? Laundry is the bane of my existence As a matter of fact, when my husband mentions he is doing his laundry, I’m always telling him to quit using such foul language, lol.
Are you an early bird or a night owl? I am a total night owl. There are nights I am up until 3 a.m. designing labels, labeling and packaging products, or working on my website.
What’s your favorite holiday? Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday! We will actually be hosting Halloween costume party this year! I love the decorations, but I really love getting all dressed up and scaring the snot out of folks!
Order your soap from Tiffany via sudsyaddictions.com and tell her I sent you!