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Learn how to make oatmeal and honey goat milk soap without lye, using this super simple soap recipe perfect for beginning soap makers.
There’s nothing quite as soothing as an oatmeal and honey soap, especially one you’ve made yourself. But if you’re a new soap maker, the entire process probably seems daunting. Particularly working with lye.
That’s why this oatmeal and honey goat’s milk soap recipe is perfect for beginners. It’s made without lye (at least, the lye step has already been done for you so you don’t have to do it.)
It uses the melt and pour soap method with a premade goat’s milk soap base, so it’s super easy to make and ready to use as soon as you pop it from the mold. The melt and pour method is the method I started with when I first began making soap all those years ago, and I highly recommend new soapers start off this way too.
Another plus — this bar is gentle enough for face and body. And great for kids too! This is the very same soap recipe I used years and years ago for my older two children, now 20 and 23, when they were babies. (By the time my youngest child came along I had gotten over my fear of lye and was making cold process soap.)
If you’re completely new to melt and pour soap, you’ll want to check out this post: A Beginner’s Guide to Melt and Pour Soap Making. It will answer all of your soaping questions, from the supplies you need, how to choose the best soap bases. It’s all the questions I had when I first started making soap!
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If you’ve never made melt and pour soap before, I’ve got a nifty tutorial for you here: How to Make Melt and Pour Soap. It’s way easy. And you can get everything you need for this one at your local craft store.
Ready? Let’s get soaping
RECIPE: Oatmeal and Honey Goat’s Milk Soap (Melt and Pour Method)
This recipe makes 1 lbs. or 4 (4 oz.) bars of soap.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 lb. goat’s milk soap base (most soap base comes in 2 lbs. blocks, check the weight on your package; cut in half and save the rest for another project!)
2 tablespoons oats, ground into a fine powder (here’s how)
1 tablespoon honey
Silicon soap mold or silicon muffin cups (I used these sweet little heart-shaped cups for this project and they were adorable)
Small spritz bottle (like these) filled with rubbing alcohol
Cut the goat’s milk soap base into approximately 1 inch chunks. No need to be neat about it, just cut it up and toss the pieces into a small pot.
On low heat, warm the soap base gently until just melted. (Don’t allow the soap to come to a simmer otherwise it may scorch.)
While you’re waiting for the soap to melt, place the oatmeal and honey into a small bowl and stir until well mixed. You’ll end up with a rather stiff mixture, but if you’re having trouble getting the oats completely incorporated you can add a bit more honey.
Premixing these ingredients makes it way easier to blend into your soap. Otherwise, that oatmeal powder tends to clump and you’ll have oatmeal chunks in your soap. Not pretty.
Once the soap base is completely melted, add the oat and honey mixture into the melted base and stir. Mix well until completely blended throughout the soap.
I like to keep the soap base on the heat while I do this, because the oat has a tendency to tighten the soap base. Keeping it on the heat counteracts this.
Remove from heat and, using a ladle or large spoon, pour soap base into each cavity of the soap mold. (If the soap base thickens too much to work with, just place it back on the heat for a minute or so to remelt. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!)
Once the soap base is in the mold, immediately spritz the surface of the soap with rubbing alcohol. This will pop any bubbles that have formed.
Let the soap set undisturbed for several hours or overnight to completely harden.
Press your soap bars from the mold. Your soap is ready to use or give!
Melt and pour soap bars should be kept tightly wrapped in plastic wrap or cellophane to protect them from moisture.
Your soap bars will last up to 2 years, as long as they are kept tightly wrapped and away from moisture.
Enjoy your oatmeal goat milk and honey melt and pour soap, made without lye!