I had been wanting to make a palm-free homemade oatmeal honey soap for some time. With soothing ingredients like oatmeal and honey, homemade oatmeal honey soap is one of the gentlest soap out there.
Oatmeal is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and has been used for centuries to bring relief to itchy and dry skin. Scientists have found that colloidal oatmeal (finely ground oatmeal) is a safe, effective and natural way to treat “dermatitis, psoriasis, drug-induced rash and other [skin] conditions.” Because of its healing properties, oatmeal is an ingredient in many anti-itching and baby products, including popular items from Aveeno, St. Ives, and Johnson’s Baby.
Honey is also well-known for its skin nourishing properties. Women’s Health Magazine says that honey moisturizes, cleanses, exfoliates, conditions, and heals most skin types. With all these amazing benefits that oatmeal and honey offer, I was super excited when I had a free weekend afternoon to whip up a batch of homemade oatmeal honey soap that’s gentle, yet soothing, for my little one, who has delicate and sensitive skin. Here is my recipe. I used only one oil, olive oil, another skin care superstar.
Hot Process (Crock Pot) Homemade Oatmeal Honey Soap, Palm-Free
Prep Time: 1 and 1/2 hours
Yields: about 35 oz of homemade oatmeal honey soap (7 to 8 soap bars)
Dry (Cure) Time: 2 to 3 days
Ingredients for Homemade Oatmeal Honey Soap
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- Olive Oil – 30 oz. I use Trader Joe’s Imported Olive Oil. You can use any brand of olive oil. For this homemade oatmeal honey soap, I used 25 oz of olive oil, and 5 oz of calendula infused olive oil, because I wanted to include calendula’s healing and calming properties in the soap. (Here’s more on how to make infused oil.)
- Oatmeal – 1 and 1/2 tablespoons. Instant Oatmeal doesn’t work well. McCanns Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal or Bob’s Red Mill Oats works well. I have also used Trader Joe’s Steel Cut Organic Oats.
- Honey – 1 teaspoon. This is pretty easy to find. I’m sure any supermarket will have honey. Raw organic honey is the best type of honey for your skin.
- Coconut Milk – 1/2 cup. I use Whole Foods 365 Organic Coconut Milk. You can also try Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk.
- (Optional) Sea Salt – 1 teaspoon. You can use Real Salt Sea Salt, or Bob’s Red Mill Sea Salt. Sea Salt helps to make the homemade oatmeal honey soap harder and last longer.
- (Optional) Beeswax – 1.5 oz. Amazon offers Beeswax Pellets, and Organic Mini Beeswax Blocks. I’ve also seen my neighborhood Whole Foods selling small quantities of beeswax. Beeswax helps to make the homemade oatmeal honey soap harder and last longer.
- (Optional) Citric Acid – 1 teaspoon. I’ve used Alpha Chemicals Citric Acid, Organic Approved Citric Acid, and Ball Jar Citric Acid. I’ve seen Ball Jar Citric Acid in supermarkets in the canning section. Citric Acid lows the homemade oatmeal honey soap’s PH level, making it more gentle.
- Lye – 3.8 oz. I use Food Grade Lye. You can also use 100% Lye Drain Opener that’s available at Lowe’s. Make sure it’s 100% Lye.
- Water – 5.8 oz. It’s best to use distilled water, which you can get at your neighborhood supermarket.
Step-by-Step Instruction on How to Make Homemade Oatmeal Honey Soap
Before you begin making soap, make sure you take the necessary precautions, including wearing your protective gear, and make sure no children or pets are around. Lye, which is needed to make soap, is caustic and can cause serious and nasty damages to humans and animals. You can learn more about soap making safety here.
1. Make lye solution.
(Optional) Add sea salt to water. Mix sea salt until it completely dissolves in water. Adding sea salt helps to make your homemade oatmeal honey soap harder and last longer.
In a well-ventilated area, add lye to water. Use a silicone or plastic spatula, mix until lye is completely dissolved. Don’t breathe in the flumes the mixture releases. They’re toxic. The lye solution is ready for use when the lye is completely dissolved.
2. Warm olive oil in a crock pot at low heat. Add lye solution to oil.
3. Mix lye solution and oil using a silicone or plastic spatula. Then use a stick blender to bring the mixture to trace (pudding consistency).
4. Cover the crock pot and cook soap for about 45 minutes, until the mixture has the consistency of Vaseline. It’s a good idea to check the soap every 10-15 minutes to make sure it hasn’t escaped from the crock pot.
5. (Optional) Add beeswax. Cover the crock pot again, and cook until beeswax is completed melted.
6. Crush the oatmeal using a spice grinder (you can chop it up with a knife as well). Add honey to the crushed oatmeal. Add milk, oatmeal and honey to your homemade oatmeal honey soap.
7. (Optional) Add citric acid.
8. Mix everything well, and scoop the homemade oatmeal honey soap into a soap mold. Make sure the soap is tightly packed into the mold. Once I have the soap in the mold, I usually give the mold some very good banging on a solid and sturdy surface. The banging will help release air bubbles in the soap, allowing the soap to be packed tightly in the mold.
9. Wait about a day. Unmold and cut your soap. You can use a knife or a soap cutter to cut your homemade oatmeal honey soap.
10. Allow your homemade oatmeal honey soap to dry (cure) for 2 to 3 days and it’s ready for use.
That’s it! That’s how you make a palm-free hot process (crock pot) homemade oatmeal honey soap, with all natural ingredients. This soap is great for all skin types, including those with sensitive skin (like my little bug). Because of oatmeal and honey have gentle and nourishing properties, this homemade oatmeal honey soap will clean, moisturize, and soothe your skin. I hope you will give this palm-free homemade oatmeal honey soap recipe a try. If you like this recipe, be sure to share it or pin it. Happy soaping!