Published on September 25th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain111
Honey Oatmeal Handmade Soap
Hold on, hold on, don’t leave! I promise you this is an easy, doable, super easy craft you can make with some ingredients in your kitchen.
Easy, did I mention that?
These Honey Oatmeal Handmade Soaps are a great home craft that anyone can do.
This is also a great slumber party/spa idea. The teens can make pretty soaps and they will be ready to take home in the morning!
You will need to buy a few basic items.
One - Goat’s Milk soap. Available online for about $10-$15 ( price shop if you can). It’s a suspension soap, which means, simply, that when you add ingredients to it, they float in the liquid soap instead of falling to the bottom.
Two-A soap mold- Any silicone mold works, as long as you like it for your soaps. I bought this one. Because I am as basic as basic can be, and they are shaped like bar soap. Buy flowers, or dinosaurs, or seashells, whatever makes you happy. Mine cost $6.35.
Three – is optional, but I bought them to play with, soap colorants. Like food coloring for your soap. Totally not necessary, but hey, you can play with colors if you want to. These were $6.89. I figure I will probably never have to buy color again, since you can mix colors and make most colors with these three primary colors.
Once you have spent about $28 before tax or shipping ( I have Amazon Prime) you will only need to buy more soap to continue this craft. This is definitely more of the expensive start up kind of craft, but I figure for homemade, natural, gorgeous, chemical free soap, that I can make for gifting for the upcoming holidays, it’s not a bad investment. And if you need to, forgo the colorants. Some of the ingredients will have their own color and the white soap base is pretty too.
I figured the cost of the soap to make 8 bars of soap- which is about how many bar sized soaps this 2 lb block will make is about $1.65. I’ve seen homemade soaps average $5-$7 a bar on etsy.
It’s so easy I recommend it for everyone. Littles can get in on the soap making by helping put the ingredients into the soap, which doesn’t get super hot to melt, and stirring. As long as the kids are big enough not to stick items in their mouth, I think they can help, they can also remove the soap once it’s cooled and ready to come out of the silicone molds.
Of the soaps I have made so far, this Honey Oatmeal bar soap smells the best. The honey takes on a deep rich aroma that makes me want to wash my hands again and again.
I had an extra glass measuring cup and knife that I donated to my soap crafting.
You will need
2 tablespoons of honey
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon quick oats
1/2 pound of goat’s milk soap ( this is measured by using 1/4 of the container of the goat’s milk suspension soap
Use a coffee or spice grinder to grind up the two tablespoons of oatmeal. It will become a fine powder.
In the measuring cup, cut the soap suspension into cubes, using a knife. The soap cuts easily, like cold butter. It will be just a little more then a cup.
Microwave in 30 second increments, and stir after each 30 seconds. If your house is warm it should take just a little over a minute to melt fully. Over heating will cause the soap to bubble up, so watch this carefully. ( NOT speaking from any experience or anything there) ahem..
Stir well with the plastic spoon and make sure all the lumps of soap are melted.
Remove from microwave and add in your ingredients, the ground oatmeal and the honey.
Stir the mixture well. If you bought colorants, add in 6 drops of yellow and 2 drops of red to make a deep pale yellow color. It did bubble up a bit, but I didn’t mind that, especially when I saw how pretty it actually made the soap. Perfectly imperfect.
Into the mold, sprinkle the teaspoon of whole oatmeal flakes all around two soap molds. Each cup of melted soap will make about 2 bar sized soaps.
Pour in about half the mixture to one soap mold. Then pour the other side, trying to make the soaps even.
Do not move the soap mold once you have poured the soap. If you need to, place the molds on a tray before beginning, so that you can move them later on.
Allow the soap to set for at least 20 minutes. Then place in a cool spot to dry ( really to cool) for several hours.
I removed my soap the next day- they just pop right out of those silicone molds- and I let them sit on a couple sheets of paper and dry out a bit. I also use this trick for the bar soap in our bathrooms. They make the room smell nice and it helps them to last longer in use. Three or four days is a good amount of drying time.
Then you can wrap them up and give them to friends and family, won’t they be so impressed. Homemade soaps that smell delicious and are a delight to use!