Not only does it smell wonderful but it does wonderful things for your skin. The finely ground oats soothe itchy and irritated skin. They also soften and moisturize while you cleanse. Goat’s milk contains healthful fatty acids and proteins which leave skin smooth and supple. Goat’s milk is also rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin A, which is very important to skin health. Honey is a humectant (it attracts moisture and keeps it locked in), speeds healing and prevents infection.
All of those ingredients add up to one wonderful soap. Ready to try your hand at making some? Here we go!
If you are a beginner and want more detailed instructions, check out this post first.
Oatmeal, Goat’s Milk, and Honey Soap (~4lb batch)
26 oz Olive Oil
19 oz Coconut Oil
5 oz Castor Oil
13 oz Distilled Water
6 oz canned Goat’s Milk
-My parents’ retirement dream is to have some land with a few milk goats on it and I look forward to being able to use their fresh goat’s milk for my soaps someday. In the meantime, I use canned goat’s milk with the lye & water until I can get the “real deal”
7.2 oz Lye
2 oz Oats, milled or ground into a fine flour
1 oz Honey
1 fl. oz Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Fragrance Oil *Optional* I like to split this batch in half to scent part of it and to leave the rest natural. As yummy as the fragranced soap is, I love the natural oatmeal soap smell. It smells lightly of caramelized brown sugar.
-First, set a large pot filled about halfway full of water, on the stove to come to a boil. (We’re going to use this to heat the oils.)
-Weigh out water into a large bowl and lye into a small bowl or measuring cup.
-In a well-ventilated area, wearing goggles and gloves, slowly stir the lye into the water until dissolved.
-Next, weigh out oils in a large bowl or bucket.
-You want to cool down the lye water and heat up the oils to around 90-100˚. Try to get them to the same temperature but they can be within 10˚ of each other.
-Once the lye solution has cooled, add in the canned goat’s milk. Stir well.
-Slowly pour the lye/milk mixture into the oils while hand-stirring with your immersion blender. Once it’s all in, beginning blending with your immersion blender in short bursts until you’ve reached a light trace.
-Add in the honey, oat flour and fragrance (if using) at this point and mix until well combined but before the soap gets too heavy.
-Pour into your mold. I’ve used a 3″ PVC tube for my mold this time. Secure very well on the bottom with plastic wrap, rubber bands, and wax paper. I recommend lightly greasing the inside of your mold with mineral oil or vaseline before you fill to help with getting the soap out later.
-Wait overnight and then remove the soap from your mold. I’ve found that a slightly smaller diameter PVC pipe with a cap on the end works great to push the soap out of the mold.