Oatmeal Honey Soap

Some of the best things in life are simple and easy, and since we all use soap anyway, why not try making some?  It’s a simple way to pamper yourself and be creative.

I get a soap brick from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, but many other stores sell these (the actual process of making a soap brick can be very complicated, so I suggest starting with one ready-made) and you can choose a whitish or a transparent brick.  I used an olive oil soap made by Life of the Party. This particular brick suspends particles, so the oatmeal and nutmeg that I am going to add to the soap will stay suspended instead of falling to the bottom of the mold.

First, cut 1.5 – 2 cups of soap from your brick, cut into smaller cubes and place it in a microwavable bowl. (Each bar of soap is gridded, and uses approximately 4 cubes)

Next, cut 1 – 2 Tablespoons of beeswax from a beeswax bar (sold along with soaps or candles in hobby shops) and place that in the bowl with the soap.

Melt in microwave. Start with 40 seconds, then stir, and continue microwaving and stirring until the soap and beeswax has melted (beeswax takes longer) and be careful, because the soap is very HOT!

Stir in 1/2 cup oatmeal, a dash or two of nutmeg and  2 tablespoons honey.

When everything is mixed, pour into molds.

This recipe makes 2 -3 bars.  They are lightly honey/beeswax scented and very kind to the skin. Let cool, then move to refrigerator to cool further if desired. Once the soap is thoroughly cool, pop out of molds and enjoy — looks good enough to eat! (And my dog thought so too!).

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