DIY Honey, Almond & Oatmeal Soap

DIY Honey, Almond & Oatmeal Soap

First & foremost, I have to apologize for some really average photography this time around. I undertook this soap project towards the end of the day and from the looks of it, I didn’t give enough love to my shots!

But the good news is the soaps turned out awesome & refreshing!

I was dreading to incorporate 3 ingredients into one soap but the formula worked. I refrained from using actual almonds in this soap. In fact, I sorta refrain from using any type of food in my soap which has the ability of going stale, bad or discolored at room temperature after a prolonged period of time. A while back I used pumpkin spice for my Pumpkin Spice Soap recipe – glad I used those soaps quickly as spices tend to lose their freshness in a few weeks and turn brown/black in turn affecting the aesthetics of the soap. For this particular project, oatmeal is totally okay as several weeks later, I’m staring at these soaps and oatmeal seems to be doing just fine!

So why these 3 ingredients:

  • Sweet Almond Oil: good for dry & sensitive skin and helps relieve redness, itchiness and swelling
  • Oatmeal: it is a natural cleanser, exfoliator and moisturizer for your skin
  • Honey: can solve all the problems in the world!

Here’s what I used for the Soap:

ingredients

  • 1 pound Goats Milk Glycerin Soap Base
  • 1 1/2 tsp of grounded Oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 tsp of Honey (tip: altogether, I try not to add more than 3 tsp of additives to one pound of soap base)
  • 1/8 tsp of Honey Almond Fragrance
  • 1/2 tbsp of Sweet Almond Oil
  • Few drops of Yellow Colorant
  • Soap Molds (I purchased a combination of circular and square-shaped molds from Michaels)
  • Soap Making Straight Cutter (not seen in the image above but if you plan on making a number of soaps, it is a tool worth investing in)
  • Microwave Safe Measuring Cup or Bowl
  • Rubbing Alcohol (I keep a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol ready to go for my projects)

Step-By-Step Tutorial:

Cut up soap base into small cubes, place them in a microwave safe measuring bowl (as seen in the image above) and begin melting the soap cubes in the microwave in 15-20 second increments until soap is completely melted. Stir to make sure no small cubes are hidden within the soap mix and the soap is entirely melted, looking something like this:

Melted phase

Add grounded oatmeal, honey, honey almond fragrance, sweet almond oil and a few drops of yellow colorant to the melted soap mix and stir properly & efficiently (no need to rush this!) until all ingredients are dissolved and mixed well. These colorants can be very strong so I suggest you go easy at first and add only a drop or two to see how far along you are in accomplishing your final ideal shade. Then, if needed, keep adding a few drops until you’ve reached your desired shade/coloring. Here’s a picture of all ingredients stirred into the soap mix with a few drops of the yellow colorant:

coloring

Once the ingredients are mixed well, pour your soap mix into soap molds. I used a combination of the square- and circular-shaped soap molds and ended up making 5 soaps.

molds

Lastly, spray rubbing alcohol gently on your soap mixtures to rid your soaps of any bubbles which may appear at the surface. Let your soaps sit for at least a couple of hours at room temperature and then pull them out of the molds gently when ready.

…and we are done!

DIY Honey, Oatmeal and Almond Soap

Check out my Rose Water Soap recipe for more tips and intriguing ingredients!

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The chemistry behind foods

Growing up, Chemistry was one of my favorite subjects, believe it or not. I think the magic of it is synonymous to that of Math. You either get it, or you don’t. I was one of the fortunate ones to have an amazing high school Chemistry teacher who changed my perspective on Chemistry altogether — she made it fun & she made it understandable…

20-something years later, working in the Chemicals industry, I realize I should have paid more attention to my Chemistry teacher in high school. Because literally everything around us is made of Chemicals including all foods. And the different kinds of chemicals they contain give the stuff we eat their flavors, colors, and smells.

On the blog Compound Interest, Andy Brunning, a chemist and teacher in UK has illustrated the chemistry behind everyday foods through a series of colorful infographics. Wish the Internet was a few finger strokes away when I was growing up. Having access to such visual candy would have made learning a ball game!

I hope this helps all my Science teachers out there. At least I enjoyed perusing through his blog.

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Let’s support Andy on his journey in making our day-to-day interactions with chemicals more visually appealing!