I've always loved making things. I've been creative since I was really little and loved crafting, drawing and coloring, making dollhouses out of shoeboxes and of course making "potions" out of any left over shampoo/lotion/soap I could find laying around. as an adult, these "potions" have matured into something a little more practical-- I can actually use them in my beauty routine! I've had a few DIY skincare product tutorials on the blog so far, such as my brown sugar coconut oil scrub, lavender sea salt body scrub, and my all natural detox clay face mask!
today I'm sharing my very first attempt at homemade soap, in perfect time for the gift giving season! this is extremely easy, and doesn't take too much time at all. I'm sharing this goat's milk + honey almond oat soap recipe, but you can totally add or subtract your own ingredients for your preferred combination!
what you'll need
- 1/2lb. goat's milk meltable glycerin soap base
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- sweet almond oil
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- soap bar molds/container to form soap
1 // it's important to find a suspension formula soap base, because this means your additives will stay suspended within the soap rather than settling to the bottom. I found mine at Michael's craft store. in a double boiler [a glass or metal bowl sitting over a pot of simmering water] you will want to chop up the soap in small pieces and melt it in the bowl until smooth and liquid-y. I only used 1/2lb. for this batch, so only 1/2 of the entire brick of soap which comes in a 1lb. package.
2 // once melted, remove bowl from the double boiler and the next few steps will need to be done fairly quickly. add oats into the soap and stir well, along with honey [I eyeballed about 2 tbls. of honey, and about 10 drops of sweet almond oil. smell as you go until you get a potency you like!] stir well and quickly, so it doesn't start hardening yet.
3 // next, I transferred the soap mixture into a measuring cup for easier pouring into the molds. pour into molds to the very top, and I used a small plastic container for any left over that didn't fit into the molds.
4 // allow soap to harden completely! I stuck mine into the refrigerator for about 30 minutes and then the freezer for another 15-30 minutes. by then they were hard enough to remove from the molds!
...and you're finished! the soap is ready to be used on the face, hands or body. the oats provide gentle exfoliation, honey helps to moisturize and retain skins natural moisture, and the sweet almond oil smells AMAZING!
this is an awesome gift idea for the holidays! you can customize soap scents and additives for particular people in your life, but this recipe would be suitable for everyone!
to package it up as a gift, I wrapped the soap individually in waxed paper, tied up with twine, and labeled with a hand-typed label clearly labeling the type of soap inside.
I hope you liked this super simple soap recipe and try it out for yourself! leave me your suggestions for other additives and scents to make this season... I'm thinking of trying peppermint next!
x's + o's