Not long after my children went gluten free for celiac disease, they came down with chicken pox.
It sounds silly, but I couldn’t stop dwelling on the sad fact that I couldn’t use the traditional oatmeal baths and lotions that are so helpful for itchy skin afflictions.
I determined I’d make my own skin-soothing oatmeal & honey soap free of gluten, dairy, and soy. This recipe is the product of that quest!
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Oatmeal & Honey Soap
(5 lb mold version, cut amounts in half for a 2.5 lb mold.)
- 16 ounces (28.5%) coconut oil
- 40 ounces (71.5%) olive oil
- 18 ounces distilled water
- 7.86 ounces lye (sodium hydroxide) (6% superfat)
- At trace add: 1 tablespoons ground oats, 1/2 tablespoon honey, plus an extra tablespoon of your preferred oil or butter (I like using half tablespoon of rosehip seed oil and half a tablespoon of meadowfoam seed oil)
Make according to directions in my Soap Making 101 article.
All ingredients should be measured by weight. You must have an accurate digital scale to make soap.
To make ground oats: Just take regular rolled or whole oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats) and grind them in a small coffee grinder.
Soaps containing honey do not need to be insulated or covered heavily. If you see a crack forming across the top, that means the soap is getting too hot in the mold. If that happens, move the mold to a cooler place (or even your refrigerator) for several hours to help.
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