Handmade, Homemade Soap Recipes: Milk and Honey Soap

Soothing and gently exfoliating, this creamy bar has the comforting scent of vanilla.

| November 2010 Web

  • Buttermilk and oatmeal are soothing and moisturizing for sensitive skin.
    Photo Courtesy Lark Crafts

The following is an excerpt from Soapmaking the Natural Way: 45 Melt-and-Pour Recipes Using Herbs, Flowers and Essential Oils by Rebecca Ittner (Lark Crafts, 2010). This excerpt is part of Chapter 2: Soften and Soothe. 

Soothing and gently exfoliating, this creamy bar has the comforting scent of vanilla. Buttermilk and oatmeal have long been touted as being great for soothing and moisturizing sensitive skin. If you prefer a smooth appearance to your soaps, stir in all of the oatmeal before pouring the soap into the pan. Yields approximately eight bars.

Materials 

2 teaspoons vanilla essential oil
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons buttermilk powder
2 tablespoons  hot water
1 cup oatmeal (do not use quick-cooking oatmeal)
2 pounds shea butter melt-and-pour suspension soap



Tools 

2 small bowls
Double boiler with lid
Glass measuring cup: 4-cup
Large knife
Measuring spoons
Metal spoon for stirring
Mold: square muffin or brownie pan with multiple sections
Paper towel
Rubber spatula
Spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol
Strainer or cheesecloth
Vegetable spray






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