Not long after my children went on a gluten free diet, 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 and such that are so helpful for itchy skin afflictions.
As soon as I learned how, 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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(For a hot process oatmeal & honey soap recipe that you can make in your crockpot instead, click HERE.)
Oatmeal & Honey Soap
(5 lb mold version)
- 16 ounces coconut oil
- 40 ounces olive oil
- 16-21 ounces distilled water (I use around 18 or 19 oz)
- 7.86 ounces lye (sodium hydroxide)
- 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)
- Optional: At trace add about 10 drops of tea tree oil & 15 drops lavender essential oil
You can buy most of the ingredients needed for this at Mountain Rose Herbs or Bramble Berry. Your local health or grocery store may have suitable oils on hand too. I like Essential Depot’s food grade lye from Amazon.com.
Note: Soaps containing honey do not need to be insulated or covered. 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.
More detailed instructions for making soap can be found in my post Soap Making 101. I also recommend my ebook: Natural Soap Making: Cold Process Basics & Recipes which includes information on coloring soaps naturally, how to read a lye calculator, 25 of my favorite palm-free recipes, and more!
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