In my weight loss journey I have found that if I keep my hands busy I keep my hands from shoving food in my pie-hole. (Yum, pies–focus, woman, focus!) My favorite thing to do while our little one is taking a nap on Sundays is to make bath products in our kitchen. I put on some records while Hubby works on a painting, drink some Earl Grey and party like it’s 1911.
Anyway, I made soap this past weekend. People get scared of making soap. Now, I am not messing with lye-that stuff is too legit for me. Lye can burn you, the water makes some bizarre fumes-no thank you. I have no desire to embalm myself by accident in my kitchen by inhaling Lye-but I happily found out I don’t have to use lye to make goat’s milk soap.
Hubby bought me some Goat’s milk soap base and some oatmeal soap base. If you are just starting out a melt and pour base is easy. This is my soap recipe.
- 6 ounces of goat’s milk soap base, chopped up into cheese cube sized chunks.
- 4 ounces of oatmeal soap base, also chopped up smaller (it melts quicker that way)
- about 1/2 cup of slow-cook oats, for extra exfoliating
- essential oils- I picked lavender because I’m boring, and tea tree oil because we live in the desert and it dries out your skin. (Seriously, we call flies “sky raisins”)
- 1 glass 2-cup measuring cup
- 1 wooden spoon
- A microwave
- some silicone molds (in a pinch, silicone ice cube trays will work)
- a knife and a cutting board
- a kitchen scale (because unlike my husband, I can’t “eyeball” 10 ounces)
Steps: (yes, it’s this easy-think of that next time you pay an ass-ton for nice soap)
- Weigh out your milk and oat soap bases.
- Chop them up smaller.
- Put your soap bases in the glass measuring cup.
- Microwave for 40 second bursts, stirring in between, until totally melted.
- Put in your essential oil-about 5 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of lavender
- Stir in your uncooked oatmeal.
- Pour the soap mixture into your molds. Let them sit out on the counter until cool to the touch. Pop them out and go take a damn shower from Heaven!
- I really would invest in good essential oils-a good set lasts a long time, and you can use them all over the house for cleaning, cooking, disinfecting, etc.
- Silicone molds-easy. Metal and plastic molds-a pain in the ass. Trust me.