I have recently fallen in love with bar soaps. The suds, the scents, the colors, plus the fact that they last so darn long make them the apple of my eye…my DIY eye, that is. Did you know that many store bought bar soaps contain ingredients that can dry out your skin? Here is a Do-It-Yourself version that is both moisturizing and exfoliating. It uses goat’s milk soap base and the rest is up to you! Customize your bar soap with exfoliants like oats, nourishing ingredients like Vitamin E oil and raw honey, and natural fragrances with essential oils. Fair warning: making soap this quickly and easily is addicting. Don’t get mad at me if you find yourself hiding soap all over the place.
Lavender Oatmeal Bar Soap
32 oz. melt-and-pour goat’s milk soap base
3-4 Tablespoons dried lavender buds
3-4 Tablespoons raw honey
4-5 Tablespoons oats
20-30 drops lavender essential oil
Cut soap base into cubes and melt in a glass bowl in microwave, or use double broiler on the stovetop. If using microwave, melt 1/3 of the soap base at a time and start with 30 second intervals, stirring in between intervals. Add desired amounts of lavender buds, raw honey, and oats (you can blend the oats in a food processor to make them smaller, but I preferred larger whole oats for exfoliating). Stir well. Add essential oil and stir. Pour into soap mold (individual bar mold or loaf mold) and allow to set up for several hours. Carefully remove from mold, and cut into bars if using loaf mold.
The possibilities are endless! Add in some soap colorant or go natural, change up the fragrance (Citrus Sunrise is up next for me–geranium and bergamot), use additions like orange zest, pink Himalayan sea salt—be creative! These would be so cute wrapped up in craft paper and given as a gift.
Until next time, DIYers!
Half Crunchy Mama