A homemade oatmeal soap recipe is beneficial for every skin type. It makes a great, gentle exfoliate for dry skin, and it helps absorb excess oil from oily skin. It’s gentle enough for sensitive skin and can restore the skin’s natural pH levels. It can also reduce inflammation and even ease sunburn pain.
Basic Soap Making Supplies for an Oatmeal Soap Recipe
Most soap recipes, excluding melt-and-pour recipes, require the use of lye. Lye is also known as sodium hydroxide. Lye can be purchased where drain cleaners are sold. It is important that lye be kept tightly capped when not in use.
Also lye reacts with some metals, including aluminum, zinc and tin. Be sure to choose an appropriate container when using lye, such as heatproof stoneware, glass, enamel, stainless steel or plastic. Lye can irritate or burn skin and cause harmful fumes, so wear protective eyewear and wash your hands immediately if you come into contact with lye.
Pre-made bases for melt-and-pour soaps can be purchased at most craft stores. A huge variety of molds in different shapes and designs can also be purchased at your local craft store or soap-making supply store or online.
Oatmeal Soap Recipe for Glycerin and Cold Process
A great cold process oatmeal soap recipe can be made with olive oil (24 oz.), coconut oil (24 oz.), vegetable shortening (38 oz.), lye (12 oz.), water (32 oz.) and powdered oatmeal (8 oz.) Just follow a basic cold process soap recipe, adding oatmeal at the last step. Cold process soap making combines lye, oils like olive oil or hemp oil, and water, and it takes about six weeks from start to finish.
An oatmeal glycerin soap recipe is great because you can easily make it using the melt-and-pour method with a pre-made base. Here are some simple instructions for an oatmeal glycerin soap recipe:
- Melt 8 ounces of white base and 8 ounces of clear base in a double boiler.
- Add ½ ounce of fragrance oil, if desired.
- Add oatmeal, mix, and pour into molds.
Oatmeal Soap Recipe for Goat Milk or Honey
An oatmeal goat milk soap recipe is another great recipe variation. For your own homemade oatmeal goat milk soap, follow this recipe:
- Olive oil – 42 oz.
- Coconut oil – 28 oz.
- Palm oil – 18 oz.
- Goat’s milk – 33 oz.
- Oatmeal – 4 oz.
- Honey – 2 oz.
- Lye – 12.7 oz.
Combine the olive oil, coconut oil and palm oil and set aside. Blend oatmeal to desired consistency and set aside. Pour the goat’s milk into a bowl and add lye slowly. Stir until dissolved and set aside.
Now heat the oils to 92 degrees while the lye cools to 92 degrees, then mix together until you have reached trace. Then add the oatmeal and honey and stir. Pour into molds.
An oatmeal honey soap recipe allows you to make a wonderful bar soap very simply. In addition to all the wonderful properties of oatmeal, the honey helps lock moisture into the skin. Just melt 16 ounces of melt and pour base, add ½ cup of ground oatmeal and 2 tablespoons of honey.
Mix the ingredients together an pour into molds. You can also add a few drops of the fragrance oil of your choice.