The New England winters are harsh on my skin. I recently went to a local craft fair and purchased some handmade soaps from one of the seller, and we spent some time talking about my skin type and that’s best for my skin. After trying some of her soaps (they were fabulous!), I did see improvement. The only problem was that she only creates her soaps in the summer, and then sells them in the fall and winter, so she was out of stock. I considered buying some online from other Etsy seller, but she kept encouraging me to consider making some of my own, promising that it’s not as intimidating as I thought it would be.
I began to look online for some ideas, and checked out some books from the library, and had a general idea of what ingredients I wanted to use, to help the issues I’ve been having with my skin. I didn’t find an exact recipe to follow, so I took a few ideas from a variety of resources and created this DIY Homemade Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey Soap.
I wanted to use Goat’s Milk Soap Base and Raw Honey from the local farmers market, but I’ve linked to these items online for you, in case you don’t have a local place to get them. I also have allergy issues, so using local raw honey is something I’m making a concerted effort to do, in cooking and for this soap.
In my research, I saw several sources sharing about the multitude of benefits of raw honey, from moisturizing & soothing to antibacterial and to help fight the effects of aging on skin. Let me point out, I am not a professional, but I did want to share the information I found in case you have similar issues, maybe it’ll help you too!
If you’ve never tried to make soap at home before, I’ve also put together a simple soap making guide to get you started.
SUPPLIES NEEDED to make DIY Homemade Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey Soap:
1 lb. Goat’s Milk Soap Base
Silicone Soap Mold
3 Tbsp Organic Raw Honey
1 cup Oats
4-Cup Measuring Cup (Microwave Safe)
The Goat’s Milk Soap Base from my farmers market is sold in packs of two one pound blocks. I used just one to make about 4 soaps and saved the rest for another recipe. The blocks I had were soft enough that I could cut them into smaller cubes with just a kitchen knife.
Once I had the smaller chunks, I put them into a microwave safe measuring cup. Next, you need to melt it in 20-second intervals, stopping to stir well between each interval, to make sure it all is melted completely. Mine took 4 20 second intervals, yours may vary according to the soap you are using and microwave wattage you might have.
When the soap base is completely melted, stir in 1 cup of oats until mixed well. Next, add 3 tablespoons of honey then a few drops of yellow soap colour. Mix well so the honey and colour is distributed evenly. Pour the melted soap into the silicone soap mold, and allow to sit undisturbed until cool. The cooling process time can vary according to temperature and humidity. It’s really dry here right now, with the heat on all the time because it’s so cold in New England, and mine took about an hour to firm up.
When the soap is cool and firm, carefully remove them from the silicone mold. I ordered a few of these handmade soap holders so I can keep a bar next to several sinks in my home, I think this will really help improve my skin this winter! I also found some cute silicone soap holders with patterns and different shapes that I’m planning to order for future batches 🙂
These DIY Homemade Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey Soaps were so much easier to make than I anticipated. I’m excited to begin to make new varieties, and next time I plan to add some essential oils too! I think these would make a fantastic teacher’s gift or for family, friends, bridal showers, and baby showers!
I’ll still buy from my new friend at the craft fair when I see her, she was so helpful to me and extraordinarily talented, but I’m excited to make some for myself in between seasons too!
Until next time….happy soapmaking!
Other soap recipes you might like to try
These are a few items I found helpful (or have added to my wishlist!) when making this DIY Homemade Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey Soap in my own home:
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