Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Almost Homemade Oatmeal Soap~



Oatmeal has been known for many things besides for breakfast. A good oatmeal soap recipe that can help protect and nourish the skin and can be used to remove dead skin is available here for you to try.

Ingredients:

1 bar of mild soap (a large Dove bar soap is recommended) 
3 to 4 tablespoons oatmeal 
4 to 5 tablespoons water

Procedure:

1. Finely grind the oatmeal in a blender or miller. It should be finely ground but not too powdery.

2. Using a cheese grater, grate the bar of mild soap in a microwavable bowl.

3. Add the 4 to 5 tablespoons of water to the grated mild soap.

4. Put the soap and water mixture in a microwave for 2 to 3 minutes on high temperature. The mixture will tend to rise due to the heat. Do not let it bubble over. When the mixture rises, stir the mixture before it bubbles over.

5. If the soap has dissolved, take out the bowl of mixture from the microwave.

6. Gradually add in 3 to 4 tablespoons of the finely ground oatmeal, mixing well after each addition. Add and mix the oatmeal until the consistency of the mixture and the proportion of the oatmeal to the soap are to your liking.

7. Pour the mixture into your molds. Suggested molds for oatmeal soap are muffin pans, small bowls or 1 inch height round tin cans (you can use taller ones but you will have to remove both ends and slice the soap into round bars once it is cooled).

8. When the oatmeal soap mixture has slightly solidified but still warm, remove it from the mold and let it stand to cool thoroughly.

9. When the oatmeal soaps have completely cooled, wrap or package as desired.

Oatmeal soap is a good exfoliant and can be used to relieve itchiness due to insect bites and dry skin. 

You may also add any of the following:

goats milk

vanilla 

cinnamon

cocoa butter

essential oils

Enjoy or wrap in cellophane with a bow and homemade tag and you have a wonderful gift for giving away!



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