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How To Make Oatmeal Soap At Home For Beginners

Updated on November 5, 2014

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The Benefits of Making Your Own Oatmeal Soap

We have become a society obsessed with staying clean and in our most sanitary of conditions. While this is not necessarily a negative thing, a plethora of skin care products now exists within the consumer market. From soaps, to lotions, scrubs, and removers; taking a shower is no longer a simple process of lather and rinse. It can be overwhelming at times in terms of just how many options are available with just soaps alone. What is even more overwhelming though is the amount of ingredients and chemicals placed into such soaps by their manufacturers.

It has become impossible to discern just what you are putting on and in your body when using soap anymore. For this reason, it can become advantageous to begin making homemade soap. The relatively easy process will leave you with a fresh and unmistakable product no longer found on store shelves.

Soap making, as a process, is a relatively easy one yet is something many people will shy away from. This is largely because many people are not aware of what is involved when it comes to how to make soap. Making your own soap houses within it a variety of beneficial aspects, which will be detailed in this article, with special regard given to making your own oatmeal soap.

While oatmeal and soap are not two things commonly placed together, when they are combined they produce a wide range of advantageous health effects. These effects include:

Moisture: Studies have been conducted which show that oatmeal is more than capable of acting as en efficient moisturizer for the skin. Skin-care products containing oatmeal produce an added moisturizing effect that leaves the skin nourished. Better yet, oatmeal does not interfere with the sanitary abilities of soap, thus making it a winning combination.

Barriers: Dr. Wu published in a study noted effects that oatmeal had on the skin. One such effect was the strengthening of skin barriers. This is carried out through the proteins and polysaccharides in oatmeal.

Inflammation and Exfoliation: Oatmeal contains something known as phenol. Phenol is a chemical that works in providing anti-inflammatory properties, thus leading to a loss in inflammation when oatmeal is applied to the skin. Oatmeal is also a mild exfoliating agent that produces no irritation and leaves the skin as it should be in its natural state; something other skin-care products cannot vouch for.

Clearly, oatmeal is capable of a wide variety of things aside from just nourishment. When combined with soap, it is able to nourish the skin while also cleaning it. Gather your soap making supplies, and begin making your own homemade soap. Doing so will leave both your wallet, and your skin, feeling happy.

A Beginners Guide to Making Oatmeal Soap at Home

Everybody knows that oatmeal is healthy as a breakfast or delicious baked as a cookie, but what some people do not know is that oatmeal can also be used to as a beauty product to keep your skin smooth and healthy. Oatmeal has been around for thousands of years and used in beauty rituals. Oats were used by the ancients Greeks and Romans as a bath treatment. Many beauty products are now made with finely milled oatmeal such as face washes, body scrubs, and soaps. Oatmeal will nourish the skin and can be used as an exfoliate. An easy way to get the benefits of oatmeal on your skin is by using oatmeal soap. Oatmeal soap is a fast and easy soap to make at home for a beginning soap maker.

People make their own soap for a variety of reasons. Making your own soap is a great way to know the ingredients that are in the product that you are using and it is a sure-fire way to keep your skin healthy. An easy soap to make that is healthy for your skin is oatmeal soap. One of the great uses of oatmeal is that it can be used as a natural exfoliate. It soothes the skin and helps relieve itching caused by insect bites or dryness. It is a natural product that is easy to find in any grocery store and is an inexpensive product.

Melt and Pour Method Tutorial

If you have never made your own soap before the easiest method is the “melt and pour” method. This is when you melt an unscented and uncolored bar of soap, add the desired ingredients, and then let it harden into a new bar of soap. The “melt and pour” method does not require you to be in contact with the dangerous chemical lye. Lye is the one of the two main ingredients in making soap (fat is the other main ingredient.) The “melt and pour” method is the method that will be explained in this tutorial of how to make oatmeal soap at home.

Supplies Needed:

-1 large bar of soap (unscented and uncolored -Dove works wonderfully)
-3 or 4 tablespoons of oatmeal
-4 or 5 tablespoons of water
-blender or food processor (optional: if you want the oatmeal to be smaller flakes in the soap)
-large microwave safe bowl
-soap mold or muffin tin
-sharp knife

Follow these simple directions to make your own bar of oatmeal soap:

Use the knife to shave the bar of soap into small flakes into the microwave safe bowl. Add the water and melt the soap in the microwave. Depending on your microwave two or three minutes should be enough. Watch carefully so the soap does not bubble over. When the soap is melted, pour in the oatmeal and mix together. **You might want to grind the oatmeal in a food processor to make the flakes smaller before adding it to the soap.** Pour the hot soap and oatmeal mixture into your soap mold or muffin tin. Let the soap dry completely and pop it out from the mold. The drying process will probably take at least a couple of hours. If you are using a metal muffin tin you might want to lightly spray it with natural oil so the soap slides out of it easily when dry.

Other ingredients that can be added to personalize your oatmeal soap:

This recipe works wonders for your skin but there are other things that you can add to make it more personal for your needs. Shea butter adds extra moisture. Goat’s milk will make the skin soft and silky. Essential oils are great for aromatherapy. Lavender is known to help with relaxation or a few drops of vanilla will give the soap a wonderful scent. Tea tree oil is well known to help with blemishes. Food coloring is a great way to make your soap look a little fancier.

This is a very simple recipe to make your own oatmeal soap at home. I have found this to be the easiest recipe for beginners in soap making but it still has enough variety that you can make it personal to your needs as well as the scents and colors that you like.


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      miscel p.edillor 

      4 years ago

      Maam i want to learn to make this soap bcouse i plan to make this a buseniss in my me please to reach my goal.thank you..godbless!!!!

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      5 years ago

      This is a wonderful Hub with terrific tips. I've never made soap. However, I found someone online before that did and I used to buy the oatmeal soap from her. It was glorious. I didn't realize it had anti-inflammatory property. Good to know!


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