Saturday, January 12, 2013

First Soap: Melt and Pour Almond Honey Oatmeal Bars



Basket of soap
Creamy Oatmeal and Goats Milk, melt and pour, soap (Celtic shaped mold)
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I wanted to use Oatmeal on my first Melt and Pour soap project because it's very moisturizing and great for dry skin. I get what I call "Winter skin". Since I received  a bunch of soap for Christmas this Celtic shaped soap is what I created. I made 4 bars but my mom took one as soon as it was done. Geesh!

I can't even begin to say how good the Honey Almond fragrance oil smells. I can't stop smelling it. It almost feels like a lotion bar because if you rub your thumb on the bar then rub your fingers together it's SO soft. I love it!

Ingredients Below
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INGREDIENTS FOR OATMEAL RECIPE:
  • Celtic Mold (from exfoliating soap kit at Hobby Lobby)
  • Ground up Oatmeal (1.5oz) The pic above shows more but I didn't use all of it.
  • Goats Milk Soap base, 8oz, (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Joann)
  • Honey Almond Fragrance Oil from Hobby Lobby (see how to calculate it under How to Instructions)

OTHER ITEMS USED:
  • Pyrex or heat save container to heat soap in
  • Spoon or Spatula to mix soap
  • Rubbing Alcohol spritz bottle
  • Any colorant you would like to add. I didn't add color this time)
  • Scale
HOW TO INSTRUCTIONS:
These bars must only be 2 oz each because I heated up 8oz of soap.

FIRST: I measured 8 oz of Goats Milk base on a scale and heated it up in the microwave using a heat save Pyrex measuring cup.

SECOND:  I heated it up for 30 sec, 15 sec x 2, 10 sec x 2. Mixed it really well each time.

THIRD: Add the 1.5 oz, or more, of ground oatmeal. Put a lot in a blender.

FORTH: Add 1/4th of an ounce of Fragrance Oil. To determine how much you should use, use this calculation. 2.5% of the weight of your soap base. You can do more or less if you want.
So I calculated 8 ounces of soap x 2.5%= 0.2 ounces. So that's 1/5 of an ounce of fragrance oil
. I wanted to turn that measurement into something like teaspoons. I found a fragrance calculator at https://www.thesage.com/calcs/fragcalc.html  It's below and it says use 1.14 tsp. I just used 1 1/4 teaspoon (1.25)

Conversion Calculator for Fragrance Oil (Soap)

LAST: Pour the soap in the molds and spritz the top with Rubbing Alcohol to eliminate any air bubbles.

I let it sit for a couple hours. I wasn't sure how long it would take to set.




I wanted to show the back of the bar so you could see the oatmeal a little better. Since these bars are for my own use I just wrapped them in Seran wrap.

A new year bring a new hobby, as if I don't have enough of them.
Thanks for seeing my first post!!!
Heather

4 comments:

  1. Hi Heather, I was wondering how well did this soap lather up? I am using the exact same MP base, and mine is not lathering much at all. I'm not too sure if its bc of all the stuff im putting in my soap or not. I have done a lot of research, and followed tons of advice, but still no improvement. Also, do you know if there is a certain amount of additives that you can put in your base before it compromises it? Thanks, Whitney :)

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  2. Hi, Whitney
    It lathers up perfectly. Better than store bought soap. I was worried it wouldn't, but it did.
    Thanks
    Heather

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  3. Great job ,looks very nice .I'm going to steal your recipe and make me some .
    let you know how it turned out.

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  4. This sounds great. I have been looking for some simple melt & pour recipes using oatmeal. I will make some, today!

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