To kick off my new soap series, I’ve decided to feature this ridiculously nuturing honey oatmeal soap. It was a tough decision on which soap would headline the series but this bar is everything I love about true cold process soap. Simple ingredients with skin loving benefits.
As crazy as it sounds I never made soap before that I actually wanted to eat! That’s what happened after I made this lovely honey oatmeal soap. Of course I didn’t eat it but boy it looked and smelled good enough to eat!
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Known for it’s natural sweetness, honey is a treasured food in my house with my son. Besides it’s yummyness honey has been used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes for thousand of years. Honey is anti -microbial preventing bacterial growth, and is an humectant which helps to retain moisture in the skin making it an excellent choice in soap.
Aside from honey, bees produce other products that are excellent for soaps and cosmetics that are added into this recipe. Beeswax adds some hardness to this palm free recipe and it forms a protective skin barrier keeping moisture in. Bee pollen has great antioxidant properties and is rich in protein, vitamins and minerals.
Found in many bath products to alleviate eczema symptoms, collidial oatmeal gives this soap gentle exfoliation without irritation to the skin.
Honey Oatmeal Soap Ingredients
10.85oz Coconut Oil 30%
9.85oz Olive Oil 29%
5.1oz Castor Oil 15%
4.05oz Cocoa Butter 12%
2.05oz Almond Oil 6%
1.35oz Beeswax 4%
1.35oz Jojoba Oil 4%
11.45oz Distilled water and 4.82oz Lye
2Tbsp collidail oatmeal
Optional: Pinch of Tussah Silk Fibers and 3tsp Sodium Lactate
Instructions for Making
1. Mix your lye and water together-pouring your lye crystals into the water, not the other way around. Pouring water into lye can cause serious injury so take caution. If using silk fibers put them in the hot lye solution at this time.
2. While the lye is cooling melt your oils. I usually just melt the hard oils and then mix them with the liquid oils. You want your oils and lye water to be around 100 degrees. Because this recipe has honey which contains sugars, you want to soap at a lower temp. When the lye water is around 100 degrees put in sodium lactate.
3. Once your oils and lye water reach the desired temperature, start to pour into the oils. Using your stick blender, pulse blend until you reach thin trace. At that point add in your oatmeal, bee pollen and honey. Continue to blend until medium/thick trace.
4. Pour your soap into your mold and then sprinkle some oats on top and cover with bubble wrap to achieve “honeycomb” affect.
5. Insulate your mold with towels wrapped around it so your soap goes through gel phase. After two days you may release the soap from the mold and cut into bars to cure. Cure for about 4-6 weeks.
Note: I’ve chosen to put my soap through gel phase but most soapers who use honey as an additive do not. I’ve tried both ways and frankly I prefer the gel phase soap. If you do not want to put the soap through gel phase simply put the soap in the refrigerator immediately after mixing and leave in there for 24-48hrs. Let soap get to room temp before cutting.
When purchasing ingredients for your soap, consider why you are making soap in the first place. Simply meaning, buy quality ingredients. If possible, buy raw local unprocessed honey so you get the full benefits of the honey.
This honey oatmeal soap is scent free with only the natural aroma from the honey and oils but feel free to add any essential oil of your liking.
The recipe fits into a 3lb loaf mold, if using a different mold then your oils and lye need to be recalculated but this is why I’ve provided percentages of each oil in the recipe.
When you cut the soap into bars it is natural for the bars to feel “sticky” but as they cure they will harden up.
If you have severe allergies to pollen or any ingredient in this recipe please avoid use.
Keep your bar dry in between shower uses and it will last you a long time. Enjoy!
Making your own soap just not your thing? You can now purchase this lovely honey oatmeal soap at my etsy shop.
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