Oatmeal Milk and Honey Soap Recipe (Without Lye)
There's nothing quite as soothing as an oatmeal, milk and honey soap, especially one you've made yourself.
But if you're a new soap maker, the entire process probably seems daunting. Particularly working with lye.
That's why this oatmeal, milk and honey soap recipe is perfect for beginners. It's made without lye (at least, the lye step has already been done for you so you don't have to do it.)
It uses the melt and pour method with a premade goat's milk soap base, so it's super easy to make and ready to use as soon as you pop it from the mold. The melt and pour method is the way I started off making soap all those years ago, and I highly recommend new soapers start off this way too.
Another plus -- this bar is gentle enough for face and body. And great for kids too! This is the same soap recipe I used years and years ago for my older two children (now 19 and 21) when they were babies.
If you've never made melt and pour soap before, I've got a nifty tutorial for you here: How to Make Melt and Pour Soap. It's way easy. And you can get everything you need for this one at your local craft store.
Ready? Let's get soaping!
RECIPE: Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Melt and Pour Soap
This recipe makes 1 lb. or 4 (4 oz.) bars of soap
What you'll need:
1 lb. goat's milk soap base
2 tablespoons oats, ground into a fine powder (here's how)
1 tablespoon honey
4 cavity soap mold (a silicon muffin tray works great too)
Spritz bottle filled with rubbing alcohol
Step 1: Cut the goat's milk soap base into approximately 1 inch chunks. No need to be neat about it, just cut it up and toss the pieces into a small pot.
Step 2: On low heat, warm the soap base gently until just melted.
Step 3: While you're waiting, place the oatmeal and honey into a small bowl and stir until well mixed. You'll end up with a rather stiff mixture, but if you're having trouble getting the oats completely incorporated you can add a bit more honey.
Premixing these ingredients makes it way easier to blend into your soap. Otherwise, that oatmeal powder tends to clump and you'll have oatmeal chunks in your soap. Not pretty.
Step 4: Once the soap base is completely melted, stir in the oat and honey mixture. Mix well until completely blended throughout the soap.
I like to keep the soap base on the heat while I do this, because the oat has a tendency to tighten the soap base. Keeping it on the heat counteracts this.
Step 5: Remove from heat and measure out into your soap molds. Immediately spritz the surface of the soap with rubbing alcohol.
Let set undisturbed for several hours or overnight to completely harden. (Although, I admit I've forced mine from the mold and packaged it up within the hour when I'm really pressed for time.)
Step 6: Press your soap bars from the mold. Your soap is ready to use or give!
To store melt and pour soap, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or in a cellophane bag to keep out moisture.
Enjoy your oatmeal, milk and honey melt and soap!