It has been an unusually cold January in the Carolinas, and it’s hard to keep your skin from chapping and drying. Your normal soap bar may be drying your skin, making you more vulnerable to cuts. This melt and pour Oatmeal Soap recipe is easy to make, and is great for soothing dry skin in the winter or overworked gardening hands in the summer.
Glycerin soap can be purchased at many local craft stores, such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby. (Tip: look for 40% off coupons in the Sunday paper or on the internet!) The soap is available as plain glycerin blocks, or with additives such as goats milk or shea butter for added moisture, or cucumber which acts as a toner. When making oatmeal soap, you can use a suspension formula to ensure that the oatmeal mixes into the soap instead of settling on one side. Look for a package of glycerin that is cut into blocks or is molded into a grid. Count the grids to verify that each square of the grid equals one ounce (i.e. a 32 oz. package will have 32 squares in the grid, each 1 ounce.)
You will need the following
- 3/4 cups of oatmeal
- 12 oz of suspension formula melt and pour soap with Goat’s Milk or Shea Butter
- Microwave proof mixing bowl large enough to hold 16 oz of soap and stir in oatmeal.
- Spatula that is NOT made of metal.
- Soap molds (available at craft stores)
- Blender or food processor for grinding oatmeal
Pour the oatmeal into your blender or food processor. Using a low speed or a pulse function, grind the oatmeal into a rough powder. Set aside.
Using a sharp knife, cut 16 one ounce squares of glyercine soap from the block of glycerin. Place the blocks into the microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute and 30 seconds. Check the blocks. If they have started melting, stir the soap. Continue to melt at 30 second intervals. Stir and repeat until the soap is melted. Do not boil the glycerin.
Stir the oatmeal into the soap. Blend thoroughly. Pour the oatmeal into the soap molds and allow the molds to set for about one hour. Place the molds in the freezer and chill the soap for about one hour.
Turn the molds over and remove the soap by gently pressing or twisting the mold. The soaps should come right out. If not, put the molds back into the freezer and check again in about 30 minutes.
Place the bars of soap on a paper towel in an area with good air circulation and allow them to dry for a couple days. The bars can be used immediately after un-molding, but if you allow the soap to dry thoroughly, it will last longer.
- Link to Michaels: http://www.michaels.com/art/online/home
- Link to Hobby Lobby: http://www.hobbylobby.com/home.cfm
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