There are so many benefits to using oatmeal soap in your natural skincare routine. Not only is oatmeal an amazing exfoliant, but it also soothes dry, itchy skin while nourishing the skin. This DIY Oatmeal Soap recipe is going to your new favorite soap bar and is perfect for everyday use!
Benefits of Oatmeal Soap
- Natural Exfoliant: Oats provide such a gentle exfoliation for the skin. It’s one of the best natural exfoliants to remove dead skin cells.
- Nourish Skin: Oatmeal contains various nutrients and vitamins that are great for the skin and may even help reduce cellulite.
- Repair Skin: Skin irritations or rashes benefit from using oats due to being an anti-inflammatory agent.
- Soothes Itchy Skin: Oats can help soothe and calm the skin, even in the itchiest of conditions.
- Enhanced Skin Appearance: Even skin tone and having a clear complexion can be helped with using oatmeal soap. It can also help with the aging process by minimizing age spots and skin discoloration.
- Helps Skin Disorders: Oatmeal has been found to help people with skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis due to the long-lasting benefits of oatmeal.
Skin Types that can use Oatmeal Soap
All skin types can use oatmeal soap, but there are certain skin types that benefit a little bit more. Those with dry skin, sensitive skin, oily skin and acne-prone skin may benefit from using oatmeal soap the most. Since oats are know to help soothe the skin, while being known as a gentle ingredient, it makes perfect sense to use on dry and sensitive skin. However, oatmeal is also known to be absorbent making it a natural way to absorb and remove oil buildup. Of course, this makes it extremely beneficial for those with oily and acne-prone skin.
Plus, anyone who has irritated skin or other skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or itchy skin can also use oatmeal soap since it’s full of great ingredients with amazing benefits.
Oatmeal is another one of those ingredients that does all the things you want. It’s great for cleansing and moisturizing the skin, while gently exfoliating your dead skin cells away. Plus, it can help with your skin complexion and reduce inflammation.
Using raw honey, raw manuka honey, or local honey has many great benefits for the skin. From clearing up acne to anti-aging to evening skin tone, honey can help with all of them. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and antimicrobial properties. Additionally, it acts as a deep pore cleanser, and moisturizer, reducing dark spots and the appearance of fine lines. Most skin types can benefit from adding a little bit of honey to their beauty routine.
Looking for more natural ways to use raw honey in your skin care routine? Read my blog post – Honey Face Wash DIY Recipe for a simple face wash that comes together in minutes!
Organic Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is a great ingredient for the skin as it smoothes the skin while providing a natural skin barrier, protecting the skin from anything else. Although it doesn’t provide a whole lot of moisture, coconut oil has both antibacterial and moisturizing properties.
Goat’s Milk Melt-and-Pour Soap Base
Using a goat’s milk soap base will give you incredible results. Goat milk soap is a gentle, natural cleanser with a good amount of vitamin A (anti-aging properties) and other minerals for healthy skin. Goats milk melt-and-pour soap is also good for normal, dry, and sensitive skin since it’s higher in essential fatty acids and can help increase the skin’s moisture.
Another popular choice is to use a shea butter melt and pour base. It moisturizes the skin without any worries of clogging pores, which is especially helpful in dry or cold climates.
Essential oils add a wonderful scent and great addition to your homemade soap. The possibilities are endless when it comes to which essential oils to use for your bar of soap. Some of my favorite essential oil blends are included in the recipe so you can choose the ones you enjoy!
Here are the items you need to make your homemade bar soap using oatmeal, raw honey, and coconut oil.
- 1 pound goats milk melt and pour soap base
- 5 teaspoons organic coconut oil
- 5 teaspoons raw organic honey
- 5 teaspoons ground oats
- 80-100 drops of essential oils (see below for recommendations)
- soap mold set
- glass measuring cup or large glass bowl
- double boiler or large saucepan
- wooden spoons
Oatmeal Soap Recipe
When making your oatmeal soap bars, you are going to need to work quickly once your melt-and-pour soap base is melted. I highly recommend getting out all of your supplies and ingredients in the recipe right away and then getting started.
Chop up 1 pound of your goat’s milk melt and pour the soap base into similar size pieces, about 1-2 inches in size. This will make it easier to melt and stir the soap. Also, if you want to blend your oats then you’ll want to do this now. I like using whole or slightly ground oats in my bar soaps. However, you can also grind them into a fine powder if you like.
Place the pieces of melt and pour soap into a double boiler on your stovetop. Heat the water to a gentle boil, using the wooden spoon to stir the soap pieces after they melt.
If you don’t have a double boiler, then you can do what I did and use a large saucepan with water halfway up the side while placing a 4-cup glass measuring cup inside. The measuring cup works well in addition to making pouring into the molds much easier.
Continue stirring the soap until smooth and no pieces are left. Once that happens, remove the double boiler or glass measuring cup from the stovetop and dry off the bottom. They will be hot, so make sure to have towels and pot holders nearby. Turn off the stove.
Then add the 5 teaspoons of coconut oil, 5 teaspoons of raw honey, and 5 teaspoons of oats to the melted soap base, making sure to stir very well. Next, add the 80-100 drops of essential oils directly to the mixture and stir again. In my recipe, I used 35 drops of bergamot, 35 drops of grapefruit, and 30 drops of northern lights black spruce essential oil. See below for more scent combinations.
Last pour the soap into your soap molds. I find that this soap recipe makes around 5 bars of soap, depending on the molds you use.
For best results, leave the soap in the molds for several hours or overnight. The soap is usually ready after a few hours, but it’s best to leave it overnight to be sure it has hardened all the way through. Peel the molds back slowly and gently, so the soap comes out clean and beautiful.
Store your oatmeal soap bar by the bathtub or shower. I like using a bar soap saver for easy access and so the bar doesn’t stick to the surface.
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Essential Oil Scent Combinations for DIY Bar Soap
- 70 drops lavender
- 20 drops orange
- 10 drops lemongrass
- 30 drops orange
- 30 drops grapefruit
- 30 drops lime
- 60 drops vanilla
- 30 drops peppermint
- 10 drops cardamom
- 35 drops bergamot
- 35 drops grapefruit
- 30 drops northern lights black spruce
- 40 drops cedarwood
- 30 drops pine
- 30 drops lemongrass
How to Store Your Oatmeal Bar Soap
Plastic wrap, coffee filters, and parchment paper are great choices to wrap homemade soap. You can also use tissue paper, scrapbooking paper, and wrapping paper! Your best choice is going to depend on where you live as well as the humidity level. Of course, all melt-and-pour soap bars are not a fan of humid conditions. In that case, the less air between your soap and your wrapping choice the better! Lots of people will choose plastic wrap to keep the humidity out of their soaps, especially in the summer.
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