Aloha again, everyone!
Today I shall be writing about a very special soap I am doing for a very special little lady - one of my very best friend's daughter, Emma. Emma is seven, and is into Paw Patrol, dinosaurs, space, Batman, cheetahs, sharks, and wants to save the ocean, maybe even the planet. She is a kid after my own heart, and reminds me so much of myself as a kid at her age. Though I wanted to be an archaeologist veterinarian astronaut. You know, because reasons.
For those of you who don't know me, I'm not really a huge fan of kids. They're okay, I guess, when they're older and become small people, so for me to say I super duper dig Emma is a huge deal. I've known her since my friend was pregnant with her, and being able to watch her grow up (if from a distance, cuz she and my friend are halfway across the country) into the interesting little person she is has been really fucking cool. Someday I think I'll kidnap her and take her shark's tooth hunting and snorkeling and teach her all the ways that cats and dogs make awesome children (what is being an auntie worth if you can't corrupt the small ones in your ways? MWAHAHAHAHAHA!)!
Recently, my friend asked me if I could help her out and make Emma a special soap. Not only does she evidently have Eczema, she also has recently developed a condition known as "Molluscum Contagiosum" (say it out loud, it sounds like a bad Harry Potter spell, doesn't it?). Apparently, this skin condition is related to Chicken Pox, but isn't pox itself. It's a viral infection (so no antibiotics), and according to the CDC, it can take six to 12 months to resolve. In some instances it can take up to 4 years. It presents as little pox-like lesions and, like chicken pox, are very itchy for the patient. It can be spread and transmitted by skin-to-skin contact, so it's extremely contagious.
Needless to say, little Emma is not having a good time of it at the moment. She is soldiering on like the awesome kid that she is, but her mom is having a hard time treating her. Nothing they have tried so far has worked, except tea tree oil. The problem with that is that the smell is overpowering and both mom and Emma have a hard time using it topically. That's where I come in! I was approached by my friend to make her some soap with tea tree to try to help her out! It has to be as mild and gentle as possible, and be able to fit in a wee child's hand.
So, off we went to brainstorm land, where we came up with a formula that will hopefully offer some relief to the poor kid. I have that calendula and lavender that I grew and dried this summer, so we started there. I decided to make her a sensitive skin formula with mostly olive oil and shea butter. I decided to steep the oil in the calendula, lavender, and mint for a few hours to get all that healing goodness. I also decided to add coconut milk, aloe juice (from the aloe vera plants I've been growing out back), and colloidal oatmeal to the mix. In addition, I cut the tea tree oil a little bit with lavender essential oil, just to try to tone back the smell for mom & kid. I used Bramble Berry's 12 bar silicone mold, as we decided that would probably be a good size for a kid's palm. If not, mom can always cut the bars in half to little squares. :)
Since CP takes 4-6 weeks to cure, and little Emma could use some soap, well...now...I also made her some melt and pour soap in her favorite color (blue), and used a small paw print silicone mold I had to make her "paw patrol" soap. I used hemp & aloe vera MP bases, and added colloidal oatmeal with the lavender & tea tree oil. Hopefully those will help her out and last a bit while I have her "actual" soap curing. I hope very much that the soap helps her feel better and gets her life back to "normal" (or as normal as it can be until the condition is gone).
Overall, I am looking forward to seeing results, and desperately hoping it can help her. I know I'd feel helpless were I in her mom's shoes and nothing worked, so I am hopeful that I can at least provide SOME form of relief for the poor kid. If nothing else, at least she'll feel special that she has her own "special" soap, just for her. And that will make her feel awesome. Plus, what kid wouldn't be eager about their favorite color "Pat Patrol" soap, yeah?
Elizabeth is a new to soap making, and wishes to share her journey in learning to make cold process soap with the hope that it will help other newbies who may stumble upon this site as a resource. From swirl techniques, choosing colors, combining fragrances, embeds, toppers, and textures, she chronicles her lessons and stories here.