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Published on September 25th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain

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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?

Really.

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!

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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.

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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.

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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

soap colorants

measuring cup

knife

plastic spoon

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Use a coffee or spice  grinder to grind up the two tablespoons of oatmeal. It will become a fine powder.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Pour in about half the mixture to one soap mold. Then pour the other side, trying to make the soaps even.

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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.

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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!

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Enjoy!

kris

 

 

 

 

 

 

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127 Responses to Honey Oatmeal Handmade Soap

  1. Tisa says:

    If you don’t like the look the bubbles make you can spritz with alcohol to remove them. I spray after I pour the soap in the mold then tap a few times to bring the bubbles to the top. Your soaps are lovely.

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Tisa, that is a great tip, thank you so much for letting me know. I will have to try that!
      kris

      • Peg says:

        I spritz with alcohol to remove bubbles because that is how I learned, but I have to say I think your soaps are adorable with their bubbles.

        Thanks for this post. I’ve mostly worked with cold process soaps, but this gave me a project that I could enjoy with my daughter.

  2. Nancy Pallan says:

    It should be added that if you don’t use silicone molds, the molds should be treated with mineral oil. I’ve just learned the hard way.

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Nancy, yes thank you for that suggestion. I wouldn’t recommend using non-silicone molds because of how hard it would be to get the soap out. Silicone molds are wonderful, nothing sticks and you can bend them to get your soap out.
      kris

      • Carolyn says:

        I have some molds that are hard plastic. If you have a hard time removing your soap from hard molds, just put it in the freezer for about 5 minutes. Remove from freezer and they pop right out. I always do that because I know they will be hard to pop out. Absolutely no need to oil molds first.

        P.S. I always spritz with alcohol to remove bubbles and especially if doing a 2 layer soap. The 2nd. layer adheres better.
        Carolyn

  3. Sugandh says:

    Hi, This soap looks great! Could you please tell me if suspension soap base is necessary for making this particular honey oatmeal soap? Will a non-suspension base work as well?
    Thanks

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Sugandh- yes, suspension soap is needed. Otherwise all your oatmeal will sink to the bottom of the soap base, and it will be a layer in the soap. If you want it throughout, you need the suspension formula.
      kris

  4. Lisa says:

    Hi Kris! I want to make my soap two-tone. So the first half to be darker with the oatmeal, and second half to be white with just the soap. How would I do this? Are there any specific instructions? Thank you

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Lisa, I would do two pours, first your darker color then the lighter color on top. Just be sure to allow the soap to cool a bit before pouring on top of the first soap layer, so it doesn’t melt that bottom layer. This might be difficult finding the right time to do, since you want it cool enough to not melt the bottom layer but still pourable.
      Good luck and let me know how it turns out!
      kris

  5. Tasha says:

    Hi. Thank you for the tutorial. I am not a crafty person but this is a great idea for Christmas gifts. What did you use to wrap around the soap before putting label on there? Thanks!

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Tasha, thanks for dropping by! I used corrugated paper/cardboard. I find it in packaging, like Pepperidge farms Pirouette cookies. It’s a great way to recycle.
      kris

  6. Lisa says:

    I made this soap over the weekend and it came out so great! It smells so yummy! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

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  8. Deborah says:

    have you added scents? like sandlewood or almond..? this is my weekend project , purchase everything on Amazon.. it’s here… can’t wait!!

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Deborah, not essential oils as of yet, but I do have some upcoming projects with soap that will include using these as well.
      Have fun!
      kris

      • Kandi says:

        I have made the oatmeal soap adding lavender, for the face and some without and I have gotten great reviews from friend’s and family.
        The guys like both and tell me they sleep well after a face wash before bedtime. Thanks! My critics also asked for large bars did those they are a hit as well.
        I as well do a lot of different smells, shapes too for kids.

  9. Grace Houle says:

    If I use a silicone pan9 x 9 can cut them after they harden?

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Grace, you can, but you’ll be able to see the cut marks if that might bother you? Otherwise, yes, you can cut through this soap.
      kris

  10. Pam says:

    I am one who is learning about making soaps. What is the shelf life of this soap? I am wanting to start making soaps for not only my family, but friends as well.

  11. Pam says:

    Thanks sounds great. Love the packing. Where did you find it???

  12. Carmen says:

    I bought goats milk soap base but it doesn’t specify if it’s suspension or not, how do I know? I’d hate to waste it, any suggestions if it’s not a suspension soap?

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Carmen, it should say suspension soap on the package. You can still use it. Just be aware that the additions to the soap might all sink to the bottom.
      kris

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  14. Patti Walsh says:

    Are there any soap bases not containing sodium lauryl sulfate and all the other sodium similar ingredients. I am allergic to them…

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Patti, I do not know if there are any bases that don’t contain that ingredient. I was reading reviews on the goats milk soap about many people with allergies that use that instead.
      kris

      • Patti Walsh says:

        I found out where i can get a number of the bases without the detergents and sodium lauryl sulfate. They have goat milk, shea butter and lots more. Prices look great. 2 lbs/ 6.95. wholesalesuppliesplus.com

  15. Andrea says:

    Hey there, i wondering how many bars of soap the 2lb goats milk base makes. I am wanting to make these for my baby shower and i would need to make around 60 of them. thanks so much for sharing this!!(:

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Andrea! what a cute idea. If you use the silicone mold that I have chosen, you will get 8 bars per 2lbs. If you use smaller molds, instead of the full size bar mold, you will get more. You can find a huge variety of molds out there that may fit your idea and make a lot more for your money.
      thanks!
      kris

  16. SSD says:

    What if i dont use goat milk soap base and use a norml melt and pour??
    In any recipe with goat milk cn i switch it with normal??

    • cmiy says:

      Hi SSD, you can use other types of soap base. If you use a Shae Butter base, it would be about the same look. If you use a glycerin, it would be obviously clear. Make sure to use a suspension formula to ensure that your add ins, like the oatmeal suspend in the soap, otherwise the oatmeal will sink to the bottom of the bars.
      kris

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  19. Dee says:

    Hello … i know this is an old post but i love your finished product :) what kind of wrapping is
    the white paper + where would one get some. I love the simplicity of it :)
    thank you in advance :)

  20. Annie C Neal says:

    Adorable! I definitely want to try. Question, what makes these different from body soap?

  21. Meyers says:

    Hi! I’m learning how to make soap and your site’s awesome.

    You write that you sprinkle the oatmeal into the mold, then you pour the soap mixture. Would that mean that the oatmeal flakes will only be “seen” on the bottom part of the soap?

    Does it make sense to pour some oatmeal flakes before and after pouring the soap mixture into the mold?

    Thanks.

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Meyers! Yes, I sprinkle the oatmeal into the soap mold first, because it makes a pretty top layer. The oatmeal is ground fine and put into the soap already, but because it’s an opaque soap, you wouldn’t see it. With it being ground into a finer powder it makes it exfoliating when you use the soap. You could definitely add more oatmeal to the bottom as well to make the soap pretty on both sides, but the oatmeal on the bottom won’t stick into the soap as well.
      Good luck!
      kris

  22. Pepin says:

    Hi! Can I use cow’s milk soap as an alternative for the goat’s milk soap? Thankies ????

  23. Asma says:

    Hay.. just wanted to know if i could purchase the goatmilk soap from a market at the shower section.. or is it available at some specia craft shops

    • cmiy says:

      Asma, goats milk soap can be found at craft stores or online, it’s more of a specialty item, used in crafting your own soaps.
      kris

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  25. Kylee says:

    Hello, Awesome recipe can’t wait to try. One question, how long is the soap good for? Any suggestions on storing?

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Kylee, I think the soap would last about a month if stored in a cool dry place. We have always used ours right away, or given them away to those who use them within a week or so. It’s important to keep them cool and dry, and they would probably last a few months.
      kris

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  28. Sukrita says:

    I did add the oat and stir it. After I poured in silicon and popped it out, oats’re all laid at the bottom of the soap. May I know how to solve it?

    Thanks in advance <3

    • cmiy says:

      Hi, did you use a suspension soap base?If you don’t specifically use a suspension soap base, the ingredients you add will fall to the bottom of the mold.
      kris

  29. Sarah says:

    Hi there,

    I just tried the soaps last night and poured them in little silicone flower shapes.
    They look really pretty!
    However, they don’t really smell nice… I mean, they don’t smell bad but just don’t really smell like anything…
    Has someone made the same or similar experience?
    Does it depend on what type of honey and/or oats you use?

    Looking forward to hearing back!

    Thank you <3

    Sarah

  30. Theresa says:

    Hi Kris, I am totally making every “flavor” of your homemade soaps to give out as Christmas gifts…they’re so pretty! I was just wondering if I could make them a few weeks ahead of time and store them until Christmas. Do you think they will lose their scent? Just thought maybe you might know from experience. Thanks so much for the great idea!

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  32. Barbara says:

    Loved your blog. Never made soap before, other blogs scared me. Can’t wait to try yours. Thanks.

  33. Heather says:

    Can you put he mold into the fridge to harden?

  34. Kathi says:

    Hi & thank you for recipe. I don’t have a microwave do you think it will work without one? Do you know anyone that has used a stove? Thank you

  35. marissa says:

    Hi. This looks great and simple. If you do not have a microwave, can you use stovetop? Any tips?

  36. Roxy says:

    Hi. I am wondering if I can use the stove to heat with instead of a microwave? I don’t have one. Lol Thank you!

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Roxy, yes you can, just keep a close eye on it. A double boiler method would probably be the best way to melt over indirect heat.
      kris

  37. Shila says:

    Hi, how many soap bar can i make in one recipe? Thank you

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  39. Grace says:

    Hello – What type of honey did you use – clover?

  40. Janice L Engberg says:

    Hi Kris!
    Excited about trying to make your soaps this weekend to give to my colleagues for holiday gifts. This is my first attempt, so fingers crossed! It was your pintrest page that inspired me :) Is it possible to double or triple the recipe to make more bars at once? Or does it work better in small batches?
    Thanks!

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Janice, you could do larger batches if you have the larger cup to melt them in, I prefer smaller batches just in case something doesn’t go well.
      kris

  41. Mary says:

    Hi Kris, I am super excited about this recipe! My soaps are setting in the molds right now. I bought the goat’s milk base for a different recipe but like yours much better. I can’t wait to see how they come out!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  42. Miriah Lee says:

    Hey,
    I love the way these look and cant wait to try them. Thank you for sharing. Just had one question, im not sure if I missed it but what is it you got for the coloring? I heard there is a natural coloring for these types of projects Im just not sure what it is. Thanks in advance!!

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Miriah Lee, I used soap colorants in my soaps. You can use food colors too, but they could potentially stain your skin.
      kris

  43. Linda says:

    Hi…I tried this for the first time last night. No matter how much I melted it, my goat’s milk melt and pour had big lumps in it. Is this normal? Perhaps a bad batch or something? The soap is still pretty and smells great, but I would not be able to gift it like this…..

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Linda, I dont’ know why you had issues with your soap base? I would contact the manufacturer and speak with them about the issue, as it’s very much meant to melt into smooth liquid. Did you stir it well between heating? kris

      • Linda Ludwig says:

        Hi. Yes I stirred very well between each melt time. I contacted the manufacturer and got a refund. Thanks for the reply ????

  44. Julie says:

    This seems great! Just one question, is this just a hand soap? Or would using it as a body wash/soap be okay as well? This is just the easiest recipe I have found and would love to use it!

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Julie, yes, I have found it wonderful for full body soap, and I have read reviews from those who only use it because of allergy to other soaps.
      kris

    • Patti says:

      I have allergies to everything and use the detergent free soap bases. I keep a bar in my shower and use it with a scrubbie. Works very well.

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  47. Cassandra says:

    Do you need to use quick oats, or is it possible to use large flake oats?

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Cassandra, my recipe uses the quick oats, because they will definitely cook in time. I don’t know about using large flake oats or the cooking time needed for them? Let me know if it works out for you.
      kris

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  49. Brittney says:

    Love the presentation of these soaps! Very well done. I was wondering how you printed on the brown paper? Did you use a kraft paper label? I would love to recreate this.

    Thanks! – Brittney

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Brittney, I did print on the labels, and you can use a large sheet and cut it out to the size tag you would like. I often just cut strips, then cut two small triangles off one side to make it look like a tag, then punch a small hole for the twine. kris

  50. Mary says:

    Hi Kris! Love this recipe. Did you use the colorants in your pictured samples? They look so soft and natural. I love the look of these bars… Thanks!

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  54. Teri says:

    I love the way the soap looks…Simple and Natural.
    What is the wrap you have used called.
    Thank you

  55. Betty Harmon says:

    Hi, your packaging idea is awesome but I cannot find corrugated paper that looks like yours. Please, could you tell me where you got yours???

    Thanks!!

    • cmiy says:

      Betty, I recycled it from a cookie package. You can buy a tool that crimps paper if you are making a lot of these, also you can peel the top layer from cardboard and get the look as well.
      kris

  56. Linda says:

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10208021008511753&set=a.10205030434869281.1073741827.1494822098&type=3&theater

    Made your soap, it came out so nice. attached is a pic on my facebook page.
    thanks for the help. this is only my second batch ever. i think i am hooked.
    Linda

  57. James Tanis says:

    Looking forward to trying this recipe. I’m surprised the soap doesn’t have to cure longer. Mine took weeks. Love your photography!

  58. Erin says:

    What a great idea! We did soap making for a girls weekend party years ago – but this re-inspired me to get the molds out and try it again. At our soap making party we had a lot of little kids so we let them put small toys (like plastic bugs, flowers or plastic gems) into their soap molds before pouring in the soap. They thought these “buried” treasure were so cool. (just don’t let them go down the drain!)

  59. Michelle says:

    Hi Kris, I have made quite a few batches of this soap since I found your page last year. I have made several other soaps, like stained glass for the look, but I always come back to this one. This is the soap that I keep available for use at my house and absolutely my favorite. Thanks!

  60. Beautiful, what a fabulous and easy way to make homemade soap. My daughter is going to love getting in on the action with this one too. Thanks.

  61. Norine says:

    Hi Kris! I tried this out because I wanted to make them for my niece’s bridal shower. They came out awesome! For my next batch I think I’m going to add a little lavender essential oil.

  62. Sam says:

    I love youuuuuu this is so great!! I’ll probably start buying the other stuff needed tomorrow teehee. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! ?

  63. Jeannette says:

    Can’t wait to try this new project! I’m ordering tonight on Amazon and I have Prime! yay me!

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  65. Shammy says:

    Hello. I have a question. Is there other alternative in suspension formula soap? Can I use an organic goat’s milk soap? Thanks for your reply.

    • cmiy says:

      Yes, you can, suspension formula just ensures that your additives will float in the soap base and not sink to the bottom.
      kris

  66. Sonia says:

    So you were only able to make two bars of soap with the goats milk product? I’m new at learning, I haven’t made yet.seems expensive for two bars.

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  69. Jesika L. Toby says:

    Hey, I was wondering if the honey had to be added. Is it just for the aroma of honey? I’m wanting to try making this but forgot to buy the honey.

    • cmiy says:

      hi Jesika, no the honey does have antibacterial properties, its also an antioxidant. You do not have to add it, but it’s good for your skin.
      kris

  70. Melba says:

    I love this soap recipe. However, I didn’t use enough scent. Can I re-melt, add more scent and re-pour?

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  74. Dorothy Thompson says:

    I have both Sjorgen’s arthritis and psoriatic arthritis which among many things it causes is severely dry skin. I made my first batch this weekend and could only wait a couple of days before using but read afterward on other sites that you should let it “cure” for a while. How long should it actually sit before use.

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Dorothy, I used mine right away, I know that with regular soap I do leave mine out to ‘dry’ and it makes the soap bar last longer, but this would be the only reason I would know to leave them out and not use them right away.
      kris

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