I’ve been thinking about making my own soap now for a while, and this past weekend I finally got around to doing it. I took the easy route and used a shea butter soap base, so all of the trickier steps of making DIY soap with lye was done for me. I just got to do the fun part…the melting and the mixing and adding scents and molding.
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I had so much fun making this batch of soap (and the lotion bars I made the same day) that I ordered some cocoa butter and cocoa butter soap base that evening. I’ve made 6 bars of soap now and I am totally hooked. I can’t wait to experiment with different scents and varieties of soaps and lotions! Yes, expect more soap-making recipes coming up soon!
In this soap, I decided to add ground oatmeal because of its soothing properties and because of the fact that I have such itchy skin during the winter. Oatmeal has been used for ages to relieve itchy skin. I love how the oatmeal settles more at the bottom of the hardened soap and creates a nice layered look.
How to Make DIY Soothing Oatmeal Citrus Shea Butter Soap
- 8 ounces shea butter soap base
- ½ cup dry oatmeal, ground
- About 20 drop of Citrus essential oils of your choice (I used a combination of Calming and Sweet Orange
- Cut soap base into cubes and melt slowly in a double boiler over medium-low heat.
- Remove from heat and add essential oils. Grind dry oatmeal in blender and add to melted soap. Stir and pour into mold. 8 ounces of shea butter soap base makes 3 regular-sized bars of soap.
- Let soap bars cool for several hours.
Since most of these items aren’t at your local grocery store, I figured I’d share the Amazon links to the products I bought to make my own soap. Note: these are affiliate links. I don’t make much, but every little bit helps!
- Shea butter soap base
- Calming essential oil from Rocky Mountain Oils
- Orange essential oils from Rocky Mountain Oils
- Soap mold
The finished soap smells wonderful and leaves your skin feeling so soft! Shea butter is known for its healing properties and anti-aging benefits, due to fatty acids and plant sterols such as oleic, palmitic, stearic and linolenic acids. Shea butter is also full of antioxidants such as vitamins A and E. It is amazing for your skin!
I can’t wait to share the other soaps that I’ve been making. Pretty soon, I’ll need to start giving them away as gifts before my bathroom is over-run by homemade soaps.
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