Herbal soaps can be hard to find in pure form, for an affordable price, and containing the herbs want. I love this homemade oatmeal soap recipe because you can customize it any way you want! If you want complete control of what goes into your bath and body products, then making your own herbal soap may be the ideal option for natural skin care. It is actually easier than you think. Here are the basic steps to make the herbal soap base.
Homemade Oatmeal Soap Recipe
The first thing you need to do to make your soap, is decide on the base. I’ve never used lye, simply because the melt and pour base is the easiest for me with young kids around. Lye is the more dangerous base to work with and does require hand, body, and eye protection as lye can burn the skin. However, lye does produce a large amount of suds or bubbles which most people equate with soap as a whole.
So I use the melt and pour, which unfortunately does not produce as much suds, but it cleans effectively allows you to add bits of herb, other soaps, or even small objects for gifts. With glycerin, you do not need the eye and body protection, but you will need to choose if you want a vegan or vegetable base or a standard glycerin.
Goat’s Milk Melt and Pour Ingredients
Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Goats milk, Glycerin (kosher, of vegetable origin), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide (saponifying agent), Sorbitol (moisturizer), Sorbitan oleate (emulsifier), Soy bean protein (conditioner)
Herb Oil or Dried Herbs
The next step in making your own herbal soap is to determine if you want to use an essential oil or a dried herb. An herbal oil will give you the scent that you would like, but may or may not give you more than a inhalant or topical skin soothing solution. Dried herbs offer both of these benefits and some exfoliate properties. If you are looking for a soap that helps with dry skin, you may want to use a mixture of the oils and dried herbs. If you are looking for a soap that is suitable for cold and flu season to help with congestion, then an essential oil base for the herb will do nicely.
Soap Molds, Curing, and Creating
You will need a soap mold which can be purchased at most hobby stores or soap making shops or on Amazon here. You will also need to follow the directions listed for the manufacturer of the soap lye or glycerin soap base that you have chosen to use. Glycerin requires only a melting, mixing, and curing process while lye requires several other steps to create the soap with each step needing to be followed exactly. Once you have mixed the base with your oils or herbs, you will need to place the mixture into a mold. The curing time will depend greatly on how hard you want the soap when you cut it and your temperature. Warmer climates will need longer curing times. Once the curing time is finished, remove the soaps from the mold and store or use accordingly.
Yields 10-12 soaps
- 2Lb Tray Goat's Milk Glycerin Melt & Pour Soap Base Organic
- 30 drops lavender essential oil
- 1/2 cup ground oats
- 2 tablespoons almond oil
- 2 soap molds (I used these silicone flower molds and it made 6 large soap bars)
- Melt the goats milk soap base in microwave or on double boiler as directed.
- Add to large container and let cool slightly.
- Combine oats, almond oil and lavender oil and stir.
- Add to soap base and let cool.