Wanted to let you know that I followed your oatmeal honey soap recipe yesterday. With a delectable combination of one of our favorite fragrances Oatmeal, Milk and Honey, paired with Chocolate Espresso Cybilla, this soap is reminiscent of a delightfully sweet mocha.We used a mantra swirl technique to give the finished soap an elegant look, and I think it may even look a bit like fluffy foam or … You are right! (Nowadays, I sell them in a little muslin bag with a tag attached, so they can breathe, but still be protected from handling and dust.) and can I use Shea butter ? I hope that helps, but feel free to ask further questions! Also, can I replace honey with maple sirup? You can see this recipe in my free dandelion ebook or I plan on popping it on the website in the next few days so it’ll be on my soap making page. a 5% superfat is 7.94 oz You can use oils from your local grocery store, but sometimes it works out cheaper to buy them online, depending on volume ordered. Be sure to check out the printout of soap making oils linked near the beginning of the article, since that will help guide you as you make substitutions. They even sent me a sample of a cream that was really nice. If desired, add fragrance or essential oil (add a few drops and mix in, repeat, until mixture reaches desired scent level). Related-Whipped Soap with Lavender and Calendula. Hi, I was just wondering if the measurement of oil is by weight or volume. ~ and then for essential oils – you can add much higher amounts (mine tend to be on the conservative or barely there side) or leave them out. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *. It also helps to reduce the water if you use a silicone mold, so it firms up sooner. Please let me know if this is correct. Hi I forgot to ask last email on soaps…how many bars do you get average? It’s achievable with all methods and provides essential skin benefits. :). I do have one more question. Stir. Hi, I’ve never made soap before & have been confused until I stumbled on your site. I know the lye is measured on the scale but I am confused about the rest of the ingredients. Many thanks! Stir well, pour into molds, and set where soap can “gel.” Because of the high alkalinity of raw soap batter, the oatmeal may darken during the weeks to months of cure time. Grate soap. My recipe is very cost effective and has very little fragrance of its own, so it’s been a lot of fun to play around with additives and essential oils. Again, the step with the lye has been done. I discovered your website and blog.. You need an accurate scale to make soap. The bars are light around the edges and darker every where else. :). Also on the tools, you probably answered this but do you use wooden spoon or rubber? Also, before attempting to make any cold process soap, please become familiar with soap making safety. http://www.brambleberry.com/Colloidal-Oatmeal-P5565.aspx Also, when using essential oils does the smell or the benefits evaporate when the soap is sitting for the 6-8 weeks? Do you have any advice for new soap makers? Add in desired fragrances and ground-up oatmeal. I came up with a nice one using lard, coconut oil, castor oil, sunflower seed oil, and Shea butter. Hi Helen, That is a great question! :) It's scented with Lavender and Vanilla, and is just a beautiful soap! I hope that helped! Jan Berry is a writer, herbalist, soapmaker, and bestselling author of The Big Book of Homemade Products, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, and Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps. 8.5 oz coconut oil 4 oz shea butter Im planning to make skin products using oatmeal as an ingredient and am wondering if the oatmeal goes bad after being in simmering coconut oil for a couple minutes before being cooled and hardened. One more question…. ), I use a heat safe plastic spoon for stirring lye or a stick of wood (I have woodworkers in the family & have a supply of fresh clean hardwood ones for each time. Hi Courtney! Adding oatmeal then immediately pouring into molds ensures there are no air bubbles as the batter thickens or even seizes. but haven’t tried honey again. Size? 16 oz coconut oil In this case, your scale will work just fine! If soap base is too hot, oatmeal may not suspend well. As an Amazon Asssociate we earn from qualifiying purchases. https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/soap-making-101-making-cold-process-soap/. Thank you so much for this recipe. Just stir, stir, stir really well then spoon into the mold. Oatmeal, Milk and Honey is a classic soap to make. Ounces of liquid 09.240 oz. I am new to the cold process soap making world! Find out more about soap making kits here. But rebatching gets much hotter than melt-and-pour soap, so it may not be appropriate for younger children. Cool to 100 degrees F. Outside, combine lye to water (never water to lye). That sounds like a partial gel. I freaked out cause I didn’t think that was suppose to happen. It is honey colored and feels like playdough. I haven’t tested the pH of it, but it will run on the alkaline side. So, I have a couple of questions: How many bars of soap can I make with the recipe you posted? I didn’t know as a new soap maker if you want gel or not. I love it and already posted to my FB page as y new favorite site. I usually pick a number in the middle. Melt-and-pour bases come in clear glycerin types, opaque white, and mixes using olive oil, goat milk, honey, or other natural additives along with the manufactured ingredients which allow repetitive melting and pouring. It also just smelled slightly burnt and not at all good. http://www.brambleberry.com/pages/Fragrance-Calculator.aspx Hi Debra, Yes, colloidal oatmeal would be great in this soap! The soap turned out great!! Click here for cold process soap making recipe directions. You could make this a similar “almost castile” type soap with something like: :). 18 ounces water, OR Idea #3 – if you ‘d like to keep the soap vegetable based, you might want to just do a castile bar of say 100% olive oil or perhaps 95% olive oil and 5% castor or meadowfoam oil (to try to get a little lather in the bar.). Hi Coral! And with all soaps, remember that one of the best things about oatmeal soaps is the wholesome and natural aesthetic. I let mine go through gel phase, but you can do it however you wish! While oatmeal is the star of this recipe, I think bar soap can never have too many soothing ingredients. I scent mine on the lighter side and still put 1 to 2 tablespoons of essential oil for around a 2 1/2 pound batch. Hi, Would this recipe be good for a dog soap? If you click on one and make a purchase, I earn a small commission for sending a customer their way. I also recommend my ebook, Natural Soap Making, which includes information on coloring soaps naturally, how to read a lye calculator, 25 of my favorite palm-free recipes and more! This recipe will yield: 2.5 lbs/1.13 kg. Be sure to wear gloves though since it can still burn your skin at this point, until it’s cured & have tools & dishes and such dedicated just for soap making. 4.5 oz castor oil If you want a cinnamon fragrance in soap, and don’t want any other fragrances (essential oils) that can dilute cinnamon bark oil and its potential to cause contact dermatitis, I recommend choosing a fragrance oil blend from a reputable soap supply company. (In fact, I sometimes use my glass bread loaf pan and just line it with parchment paper or an inexpensive trash bag. And how will the amount of Essential oils,honey and oatmeal change according to this batch. If you use this one, you could change the recipe like this: Otherwise, over time the lye eats away at the wood, leaving little splinter pieces in your lye eventually. :). My digital scale only goes to one decimal point(7.8 oz). a 6% superfat is 7.86 oz 2 tablespoons of honey. (You can do this with a rolling pin, in the food processor, ninja, magic bullet, or whatever your preferred method is.) If your soap didn’t scorch, volcano out of the mold, or isn’t too soft, then it might work out after all! Adding it to recipes which are already emollient or soothing, such as honey or goat milk soaps, improves these qualities and produces a wholesome and aesthetically pleasing product. If it came away from the mold cleanly and you don’t see any oil separation going on, then maybe it just needs more time. You also need to put a large amount of essential oils in, a few drops won’t do. Is this true? Want to give cold process soap making a try the easy way? At trace where you are the extra oils do you add all that are listed of do you choose from them. By cooking soap in a crock pot (hot process method), you can bypass the several weeks of waiting time that cold process recipes usually require and use your homemade soap right away! Fragrance and color are then added to the thick but smooth mixture. Okay, as far as the soap: things added at trace are all extras and optional, so you can change things around a bit to suit you. 1. :). Hi Lisa! So I like to add things like goat milk, lavender essential oil, honey and … ;) I have seen people wrap there soaps when they are letting them sit for the 6-8 week. I hope this answered your questions and good luck with your soap making! Add oatmeal and honey water to soap. Bastille soap is the perfect soap for people with sensitive skin including babies. All recipes are made and used at your own risk. You could also leave it out if you wish.) First I would like to say I am enjoying your website. Looking forward to making some wonderful soap!! :). You just plug these ingredients into the step by step process. As soon as I learned how, I determined I’d make my own skin-soothing oatmeal & honey soap free of gluten, dairy and soy. How many bars does it make? I don’t want to ruin it and I learned to lower the heat (a lot!) Hi Mylene! Can I make this with milk instead of water. You can take any soap recipe that you like and just change up what you add at trace to make it into an oatmeal and honey soap. If that’s not easily available, you could try using using cocoa butter (which adds hardness to the bar like coconut oil does) and castor oil (which helps boost lather since high olive oil soaps tend not to have much. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family and a menagerie of animals, where she enjoys brainstorming creative things to make with the flowers and weeds that grow around her. Thanks, I will buy some sodium lactate for next time. :) To figure out fragrances, I use Bramble Berry’s fragrance calculator: For colors I use clays and herbs – here are two sites that will give you an idea of what each one does: http://www.lovinsoap.com/2011/07/natural-soap-colorants-gallery-spice-and-herbal-powders-at-trace/, http://www.lovinsoap.com/2011/08/natural-soap-colorants-gallery-clays-added-at-trace/. I am really enjoying making homemade soap. It’s one of the easiest and safest recipe additions. I like to know what’s the benefits of use cinnamon in m&p soap making? Adding oatmeal will make it thicker. Thank you for sharing your recipes. This recipe makes about 2 pounds of soap which will produce about 6-7 bars of natural soap. Mixture is very hot and thick. The login page will open in a new tab. You want to make sure that it’s super fine and incorporated very well into your oils. ), You can mix in a plastic container, in fact someone commented that glass/pyrex has a chance to shatter so plastic is a safer choice. It also may darken with any soaps which contain sugars in the initial batch, such as goat milk or honey recipes, because the sugars cause the mixture to heat up during gel stage. Just wanted to check that those were the correct amounts as some of the other recipes in comments don’t match this. Honey. Thank you for your time and sharing your recipes. And I have a question. And, if not, use our chat feature to contact our experts! How long do you wait to cut it? If you see a crack forming across the top, that means the soap is getting too hot in the mold. If you read up on this post: No problem! I’ve made a few for my dogs, but none that I’m super impressed with. Let me know how it goes! I use lower amounts. http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/tips-and-tricks/gel-phase/ Make soap as directed, agitating it to trace stage. (Sometimes, even what you’re eating or they can indicate that you need more essential fatty acids in your diet.) If you want a stronger scent you could add 1 tbsp lavender essential oil and around 1/4 to 1/2 tsp tea tree. plus the oatmeal & honey as per the other recipe. you’d need I’ve found that silicone molds take the longest! I made it exactly to recipe except I sized it to my mold. That’s a lot of honey! Melt and pour soap base. ;) Would there be anything that would need to be altered to make this a hot-process recipe? So, if you’re familiar with the soap making process, I’d go with 18 ounces of water, or if you’re just learning then probably 20 ounces will be best. Thank you! If I substitute the oils or butters but keep the same measurements, will it change everything? https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/oatmeal-honey-soap-recipe-palm-free-gluten-free If it still lathers up and it smells good, then I’d use it! 16-21 ounces distilled water (I used around 18 or 19 oz, but these days I go even lower and would probably use 16 or 17 oz) You can learn how to make oatmeal soap within a few minutes of research. Good luck with your soap making! https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/how-to-make-any-soap-recipe-palm-free/ :), Thank you so much for responding to my email. Thank you for your response! Hi Jan, For now! 1/2 tbsp of your favorite oil to enrich the soap (which you could leave out, since your superfat is 7%) I have not picked up any PH testing strips for the online recipes I’ve found. Make soap as directed, “cooking” it to gel stage. How to make oatmeal soap using hot process: This method involves using a heat source, usually a slow cooker, to turn the base recipe into soap before it’s ever poured into the mold. Sorry! Just made the Avocado shampoo bars last night and plan on making milk soap tomorrow. Thanks so much for your posts, they really inspired me to just go ahead and make my own soap. Optional: At trace add about 10 drops of tea tree oil & 15 drops lavender essential oil, I don’t see castor oil listed on my end, but it would make a nice addition, so if you did If you make a super fatted soap (heavy on the oils), it’s more moisturizing, but it will go rancid a bit quicker. Also, if your soap is too hot, the oats may not blend evenly; they might sink to the bottom or float to the top. Hi Shelia, Your recipe sounds wonderful! You are amazing and extremely generous with your knowledge. If I’m dealing with a silicone mold, I’ll go a smidge under the half way mark so it unmolds faster for me. I love oatmeal and honey! I am fairly new to soap making (probably 7 batches so far) and I just tried honey in my recipe and I loved it! I would just let your soap cure and then give it a test run. I’m curious. it was my first time making cold process soap. This recipe is one of my larger ones and will make somewhere between maybe 15 to 18 bars (which will vary depending on what type of mold you use and how thick you cut the bars.) Add a little liquid such as water, goat milk, or juice: just enough to wet the soap. I’m on the search for Babasuu! Lye Solution I made the oatmeal & honey soap and am fairly new to soaping. This recipe was the first I ever made!! Can I replace water with a mix of raspberry juice and frozen buttermilk? Thanks so much for all your information. 4 ounces Coconut Oil. Heat on low in a slow cooker, stirring occasionally, until the soap becomes a thick and sticky compound. Hi Leasa, That’s a great question! I know a bit about how it feels to be allergic to something that everyone else can have and I bet that your thoughtfulness & caring really made her day. I usually cover my molds with a few layers of quilts, but in the case of soaps with honey, will usually just use one small one. You might notice that there is powdered goat’s milk in this picture. Hi Coral! So, mix it in on very low heat and let it cook or put it on top? Antihistamine action means it soothes rashes and itch from allergic reactions. As yummy as the fragranced soap is, I love the natural oatmeal soap smell. In general, I aim for 1 to 2 tbsp (15 to 30 ml) essential oil to scent a batch of soap, but it can vary too, so the calculator is quite handy! Thank you! THanks so much and I really enjoy reading your posts. Keep me posted! This soap is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. It’s wonderful stuff! (The additives at trace are tiny amounts, so have more leeway than the main part of the recipe, which shouldn’t be changed without a lye calculator on hand. Thank you! 5.5 ounces castor oil Mix the oils, water, and lye then agitate until it reaches “trace.” After this point, mix in fragrance, colorants, and oatmeal. This is when the big bottles of essential oil from Bramble Berry works well – they’re much more economical than buying tiny little bottles that you’d have to use the whole thing of. Scientists who studied these effects recommend diluting cinnamon oil at NO HIGHER than one drop per 30-40mL of carrier liquid if you’re going to use it on skin or hair. In January! oz Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Fragrance Oil *Optional* I like to split this batch in half to scent part of it and to leave the rest natural. Hi Juli! Here’s a helpful article on it: (I’m REALLY light on them, due to extended family members with sensitivity to strong smells, so they are barely detectable at the levels I list.) If so, do you sell your soap? I am not sure how to use the lye calculator so I will just use the recipe you have posted. As far as gel phase, the Soap Queen has a great summary of it here: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/cold-process-soap/free-beginners-guide-to-soapmaking-cold-process/, It’s really a personal preference. 16 ounces tallow Just make sure it’s heavy duty plastic and not something thin that will melt from the heat. You can substitute oils and butters in any recipe you’d like, but yes, you’d need to run it through a lye calculator. Sometimes, I use 3 tablespoons in a batch, but keep in mind too much extra oil will make your bar too soft/oily. If you cut one inch thick bars, you’ll get 17 bars – or more likely 16 once you trim off the ends. All content © The Nerdy Farm Wife - All Rights Reserved. https://thenerdyfarmwife.com/soap-making-101-making-cold-process-soap/, For the size mold I use (homemade wooden box of 16″ x 11.5″ x2″ inner dimensions), I usually cut 18 bars, with a bit of edges left over (that I use for us here at home. More detailed instructions for making soap can be found in my post Soap Making 101. Olive oil 20.000 oz I like Essential Depot’s food grade lye from Amazon.com. I also lift a corner of the blanket and feel the outside of the mold a few times over the 24 hours, and if needed, do a quick peek into the mold, but haven’t had trouble with overheating yet! Since 1980, scientists have discovered why avenanthramides, the specific alkaloids, reduce inflammation and histamine responses. I appreciate you very much! 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