Why yes! How did you guess? I made soap using babies and mamas! Gross guys.
It seems as if the baby bug is going around- yet again. You know how it is. One person you know lands herself pregnant, and then everyone else does too. And with the weather changing I really wanted to make something ultra-rich and decadent for myself and blame all the expectant mothers out there. People don’t really seem to believe me when I say I am selfish. I am truly selfish when it comes to trying new stuff out and my skin! Especially new ingredients in tried tested and true recipes!
Oatmeal. Oatmeal in soap is a weird one. And the conversation I had with myself went something like this: If you are not careful, your soap will overheat and you’ll get a volcano (mainly from the added sugars of the oatmeal). Truly. But, working with oatmeal is worth it. As is silk. But I know that this soap will already scorch up while making the lye solution so no one the silk and just keep the oatmeal. So what about the colour. Easy Barb. Use some pink clay to colour it. It is basically kaolin clay with some colouring. But wickedly more expensive. It’s for the blog. Oh. Yeah. Ok. Then that would work. But what about the actual recipe. Right. Lard. Check. Coconut oil. Not too much that stuff is drying and you just really like it for the bubbles anyways. Then what about a larger amount of cocoa butter. Pricey. But it’s for the blog. Cocoa butter! And some shea butter, and some almond oil and some castor oil. Geeze. That actually sounds like a really good recipe. Expensive though. It’s for the blog. OK. So oatmeal. Colloidal oats? Nah, oatmeal “milk” or better yet juice. Rose petals on top. You deserve it Barb. Oh la la that sounds like a crazy good bar of soap! And oh so pretty!
I wanted this soap to give me a truly hard bar, look visually stunning, provide me with crazy dense bubbles, and be ultra-moisturising for my dry itchy winter skin. Er, I mean for a baby’s sensitive skin and a mummy’s stretched tummy. And I wanted clay. I mean after all, I am making it right? Should suit me first, selfish remember? And if other people enjoy it… Huzzah!
So this soap is gentle enough to be used on an infants skin, and if you so desire and on sensitive skin. I added some mica’s on the tope for some visual appeal, but you can truly leave them out. I really just wanted to see how that stormy grey would work! I also decided to leave this bar scentless.
So this bar contains a heck of a lot of goodies and I don’t need to tell you why each ingredient for the base recipe is good, everyone and their left thumb know why they are good. So let’s talk about all the extras I put in here. For my liquid solution, I decided not to use water but oatmeal “milk”, but I shall call it oatmeal juice as it is technically a juice. I took some boiling water and tossed in some oatmeal, and beat it up. I used the immersion blender to get everything nice and mixed. Then I took some gauze and kind of used them as a tea bag to strain out the chunkies of oatmeal. Oatmeal bits are quite nice and scratchy on the skin, but on an infants sensitive skin it’s not all that pleasant. So strained the thick juice from the oatmeal and that stuff was wicked fun to play with! It’s gooey and stringy and looks kind of funny really. So weighed out the amount I needed for the liquid in the recipe and made a straight 1:1 swap for water. That means, 100% of my liquid is the oat juice.
Hint: if you have any oatmeal juice left over, use it as a face mask or a body rinse!
When I added my lye to the oatmeal juice, it kind of became the texture of thick cake batter. And it turned yellowish colour. This is normal. I didn’t bother freezing this solution as I knew scorching would happen and that’s why I added in the pink clay to hide the scorching. Once everything was mixed up, I set it aside to bring down to room temperature.
Next up, once all my oils were melted, I added in the pink clay, goats milk, and colloidal oats and mixed them all together.
This is where I kind of went against the fold in soap making. And I figured that since it was such a small amount it would be ok. When you make soap, you always add your lye solution to your oils, not the other way around. I didn’t add my lye solution to my oils because the lye solution was more of…. a lye cake solution. So reversed it. I added my oils to my lye solution and mixed.
Dear sweet jeebus on sunshine. It took 37 minutes for my soap to even thicken up for me to feel comfortable pouring it! But it set up quite nicely and I added some rose petals and some mica to garnish the top. Once cut, this soaps needs an approximate 3-5+ month age/cure time before considering to use this on an infants or sensitive skin. The longer the cure, the more mild the soap. And this soap contains a fair bit of butters and lard. I find lard soaps work best with a wee bit longer cure time. Hummm…. is you start it today… you should have a few fantastic bars in time to place under the Christmas tree!
- Set up your work space by spraying everything down with 70% ISP and wipe. Ensure to get your tools, equipment, your bowls, and workspace.
- Toss your recipe through SoapCalc to get your lye and liquid amounts.
- Put on your safety gear.
- Boil up 500mL of water and pour over 150g of old fashioned oatmeal to make enough liquid for this batch of soap. Stir it up well. Wait for it too cool just a little bit and strain to get the “juice”. Strain enough to get your required amount for your loaf of soap.
- Add your lye to your liquid and stir with a whisk. Set aside and allow to cool.
- Into a heat resistant container, weigh out your solid fats and oils, and allow to melt over a double boiler. Add in the remainder of your liquid oils and allow to cool.
- Weigh in your colloidal oats, goat milk powder, silk powder, and french pink clay and mix with the immersion blender.
- Once your lye solution and your oil solution are roughly the same temperature, add your mixtures together and mix well. Be sure to scrape along the sides of the container.
- Once you’ve reached your desired trace, pour into your soap mould.
- Allow to set up for approximately 12-24 hours or longer. A 500g loaf of soap really just needs about 8-12 hours to set up, but a larger batch needs a wee bit longer.
- Cut, and allow to cure for at least 5 or more months. This soap will be amazing at 6 weeks, but I would strongly recommend ageing this soap for a good 5+ months especially if you are going to be using it as a baby soap.