How to Make Oatmeal Soap

If you'd like to learn how to make oatmeal soap, you can do so by following these simple instructions. Oatmeal soap is prized for its clean, fresh scent and ability to moisturize skin. Oatmeal is naturally soothing, so oatmeal soap is the perfect gift for friends who have dry skin or who suffer from eczema. Once you learn how to make handmade soap, you'll find you have the ability to create beautiful soap gifts.

Making Homemade Oatmeal Soap

Ingredients You Will Need:
8 ounces opaque white soap base
8 ounces transparent soap base
1 ounce rolled oats, processed in a spice grinder
Scent of choice

In a double boiler, melt the two soap bases over medium-low heat, heating no more than 125 degrees (use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature).  Stir the soap base occasionally. When soap bases have combined and are at the appropriate temperature, take the soap off the heat.

Add the fragrance oil of choice. You'll want to choose something appropriate such as an oatmeal, milk, honey, vanilla, cinnamon or clean linen scent. Stir the fragrance in carefully.

Let the soap sit, covered, for a few minutes.

Add in oatmeal. Stir until oatmeal is well distributed in soap base.

If you would like to add a colorant, now is the time to do so. Use an FD&C tint-these are food grade tints that are safe for use in soap and maintain color well over time.

Pour the oatmeal soap into your soap molds and spray with a light mist of rubbing alcohol. The rubbing alcohol will stop bubbles from forming on top of your bars of soap.

Let the soap cure overnight. Turn bars out of soap molds and wrap in cellophane, finishing with a ribbon or spray of dried flowers as decoration.

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