Using oatmeal honey soap has various benefits, such as gently soothing skin and naturally exfoliating skin. When you make your own soap, you have control over the ingredients, which means you can forgo commercial bars of soap filled with potentially dangerous chemicals.
Ingredients and Supplies
The ingredients in the oatmeal honey soap vary depending on the recipe and method used. The melt-and-pour method, for example, typically requires fewer ingredients and supplies than the traditional cold- or hot-process soap-making procedure. For the melt-and-pour method, you need a microwave-safe container, stirring utensil, the soap base and any additives, such as oatmeal and honey. Other soap-making methods generally require containers, stirring utensils, a double boiler, various oils, lye, water, a candy thermometer and stick blender. You need molds for the soap for any method.
Lye is a common ingredient in both the hot process and cold process. Because of its caustic nature, you may not feel comfortable using it. Instead of lye, use the melt-and-pour method. Skip complex ingredients and simply use about 16 ounces of melt-and-pour soap base, ½-cup old-fashioned oats -- roughly ground in a food processer or coffee grinder -- and 2 tablespoons of honey. Since each brand of melt-and-pour soap base has its own instructions, you should always follow the directions found on the package for best results.
Hot Process Vs. Cold Process
While hot-process and cold-process soap-making have similar names, they are two distinct methods of creating soap. As its name suggests, hot process utilizes heat throughout the procedure via an oven, crock-pot or microwave. The cold-process method, however, only uses heat to melt the oils. This is the big difference between the two methods. Cold process creates the base of the soap from scratch using saponification, while hot process utilizes heat to hasten saponification. Both the hot process and cold process let the soap maintain its natural glycerin. Glycerin attracts moisture, which is important for soft, healthy and supple skin.
Additives and Finishing Touches
Essential oils added to your honey oatmeal soap not only add fragrance naturally, but also provide their own benefits. Lavender essential oil, for example, has a calming effect, while tea tree essential oil is good for treating skin conditions such as acne. The desired essential oil is added after all the other ingredients have been mixed together. The soap mixture is then poured into the soap mold and allowed to harden for about 48 hours. After this time, remove the soap from the molds and -- if you're using hot or cold process -- let it cure for about three to four weeks before using.
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