Becoming confident in Cold Process Soap Making and loving every bit of it, I’ve got creative with Rosemary, Honey and Oatmeal in Soap making. I’ve got a few bars of round, nourishing, rich lathering antibacterial and scrubbing soap.
It was also the first time when I used something different than distilled water for making the lye solution: I used frozen homemade oat milk to replace part of the distilled water.
So here’s the recipe and the steps I used in creating this soap, Should you feel tempted to make your own bar of soap from scratch, please do read the Cold Process Soap Making Basics post first.
I like to work with small batches when trying out a new soap recipe… just in case it doesn’t turn out well.
100 grams Coconut Oil
100 grams Shea Butter
66 grams distilled water
100 grams home made oat milk frozen in ice cubes
1 tbs raw honey added just before trace
2 tbs ground oats added at light trace
Rosemary and Thyme essential oils
Ground rosemary leaves for decoration.
Read the CP Soap Making Basics
Prepare the working space, the molds, the blender, rubber gloves, recipients, rubber spatula, stick blender, etc.
Weigh the ingredients.
Melt the Shea Butter and add the other oils. Turn off the heat.
Start adding lye and oat milk ice cubes to the water. Mix a few lye crystals until dissolved, add some frozen oat milk cubes, add more lye crystals, mix until dissolved and so on until it’s all gone.
By the time you finished, the lye mix and the oil mix should be about the right temperature, which is warm when you touch the sides of the containers.
When the mixture starts to thicken a little, add the honey, the essential oils and the oats and any other additions you may think of. I also added some previously made rebatched colored soap chunks.
Blend until trace: when the soap mixture is thick enough to leave a trace on the surface when dripped back in the soap paste container.
Pour into soap molds, cover with baking paper, and a kitchen towel and put it away for 24 hours.
Unmold the soaps, cut and put the bars of soap in a cool well ventilated are to cure for at least 3 weeks. (the longer, the harder the soaps)