Soap making is a pretty ideal way to pass the time during the quarantine. I’ve had the supplies to make oatmeal soap for months but never got around to it until now.
Similar to my lavender and bee pollen soap, I used a melt and pour base. It’s easy, and it’s fun because much of the process is customizing the soap to your liking. Also, using different soap molds and stamps is another fun way to make it interesting.
Oatmeal Soap Supplies Needed
- Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap Base
- Whole Oats (for exfoliation)
- Stirrers (I used craft sticks)
- Honey (if desired)
- Essential Oil of Choice (we used lemongrass)
- Soap Molds
- Soap Stamp
I wanted to make my soap exfoliating. In order to do that, I used actual oatmeal.
You’ll want to use the whole oats instead of quick oats so that it doesn’t get too mushy. Crush them down until they’re very fine. I used my wooden mortar and pestle bowl to do this. You could also use a blender or pop it in a Ziploc bag to crush it up.
Before melting your soap, prepare your soap molds. This time around I lightly misted the molds with rubbing alcohol that I poured into a spray bottle. I heard that cuts down on bubbles forming and I do believe I had fewer bubbles this time as compared to the first time I made soap.
Next, cut up the soap base into chunks. Fill a measuring cup up with the pieces and microwave it for 30 seconds. If you see any chunks left after 30 seconds, put it back in at 10-second intervals until melted. I used large craft sticks (leftover from this place setting) as stirrers.
Customizing Your Soap Recipe
At this point, you can add anything you desire to your soap. I added a small amount of the crushed oatmeal to make it exfoliating, about a tablespoon of honey and a few drops of lemongrass essential oil. The lemongrass essential oil is my new favorite, it smells amazing.
Then pour the mixture into your prepared soap molds. Be sure they’re on a flat surface so they firm up evenly.
Once they’ve firmed up, pop them out of the molds. Now you can stamp your soap if desired. I had picked up a little soap stamper months ago, so I tried that for the first time.
Before stamping the soap, mist the stamper first with the alcohol and press it down firmly into the soap.
That’s it, so easy!
My daughter and I made these together, she enjoyed making the soap as much as I did.
We are already planning our next batch. 🙂
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