Ingredients: Olive oil, Grape seed oil, Cocoa butter, Mango butter, Shea butter, Distilled water, Lye, Oat milk, Oats, Cinnamon, Brown sugar
I must have been hungry when I made this bar of soap. It’s made with ground oats and homemade oat milk. I added some cinnamon and brown sugar for good measure. Sounds like something you’d have to eat on a cold winter’s morning. Please don’t eat this, though. It tastes awful!
M – This is actually the second time working with oats and soap combined. One of the first soaps I ever did had oatmeal in it. I decided to use whole rolled oats and for some strange reason thought that they would cook in the soap mixture and come out nice and soft with just a touch of exfoliation.
Boy, was I ever wrong! That did not happen and the soap was too rough for me . . . and just about everyone I gave it to. I think I still have a few bars left that I’ve never used. It’s probably past time to throw them out. Thankfully this batch I used my high-speed blender to grind the oats as fine as I could make it so that it wasn’t too rough on my skin.
Thankfully this soap has a very light exfoliation, and seem to have “cooked” in the mixture much better. It may have worked a bit too well as the oats are super soft and not hard at all. Oh, well, the difficulties of adding stuff to soap. Maybe a medium powder will work better the next time around.
Oatmeal isn’t just great for exfoliating. It’s been used in homemade eczema products to relieve itching and skin irritation. It also absorbs excess oil without drying it out, which is perfect for all skin types. It even helps with acne.
This soap also contains brown sugar. Not a lot, mind you, but enough to make a difference in the soap. Sugar helps the soap lather better, so this should lather more than our regular soaps. It is also a skin exfoliator, but not enough was used in this soap to make it an effective one.
Cinnamon is the final thing that was added to this luscious bar of soap, and it’s health benefits for the skin is a doozy. It helps against eczema and acne, for which my oily prone skin is eternally grateful. It also helps plump the skin and is an antiseptic. Cinnamon is also beneficial to your skin as it helps improve your skin tone and has anti-aging benefits.
You will find that any of our soaps that have cinnamon in it will come in the powdered form rather than as an essential oil. That is because the essential oil reacts with the lye and causes the entire mixture to seize in the bowl. That wouldn’t be good for anyone, now would it?
If you have any further questions please reach out to us, and Carrie or I will be happy to answer any queries you might have. To wrap this up, I’d like to share a few words from a psychologist Daniel Gilbert, who has this to say “The secret of happiness is variety, but the secret of variety, like the secret of all spices, is knowing when to use it.”