My family used to love buying soaps from Bath & Body Works but I’m not into all the unnecessary ingredients. We make our own, dish soap, hand soap and hand sanitizers and today I be sharing a recipe I make often which is an Oatmeal and Honey soap that anyone can make at home. I will be using a melt & pour soap base for this recipe. If you are interested in making your own soaps then using a melt & pour soap base is a safer way to make soap without using a lye solution. It’s also a great project to do with kids, but it still has to be supervised.
The options are endless with soap making regarding the ingredients, scents, colors, textures and shapes but I will be keeping it simple today. I choose to use oatmeal because it’s very moisturizing to the skin and honey because oatmeal and honey seem to always pair nicely with each other. If you want a soap bar that will exfoliate your skin then use coarser oatmeal.
• 18 ounces melt-and-mold white soap. (I used a mix of goats soap and shea butter soap) (I buy it here)
• 3 tablespoons raw honey (I buy it here)
• 4 tablespoons coarse oatmeal
• 10 drops bergamot, neroli or mandarin essential oil
1. Lightly but thoroughly grease the molds with oil.
2. Grate soap coarsely and place in a heat-proof bowl large enough to fit over a saucepan. Alternatively, you can use a double boiler. Add honey to soap. Place bowl over a pan of barely simmering water—the water should not touch the bottom of the bowl—and melt soap with honey, stirring from time to time, until it’s liquid and well-blended.
3. Remove bowl from heat. Stir in oatmeal and essential oils; mix thoroughly. Pour liquid soap into a measuring cup and then pour it into greased or lined molds. Rap molds gently on the work surface to eliminate air bubbles (not necessary if you are using silicone molds) and leave to set for at least 4 hours.
4. If you’re using silicone molds, simply press the soaps out. If using metal molds, use a small, sharp knife to help ease them out. Leave in a cool, dry place for 3 to 4 weeks to “cure” or harden. Makes about 10 soap bars.