This is day nine of my 30 day blogging challenge. My goal this month is to post one recipe every day.

Yarrow and Oatmeal Baby Soap Cold Process Soap

These recipes feature natural colorants and additives and are scented using natural essential oil blends. They will all fit into a 10″ silicone loaf mold (affiliate link–P5199.aspx?bb=5) from Bramble Berry. So let’s get started!

yarrow and oatmeal soap

Featured Ingredients:

Yarrow Powder – Yarrow is antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. It is also astringent. We’ve used yarrow before here.

Oatmeal is great for the skin! It is soothing, nourishing and slightly exfoliating. I like to take regular oats (not instant) and pulverize them in a coffee grinder. Whole oats can be a bit scratchy on the skin.  We used oatmeal before here.

Yarrow and Oatmeal Cold Process Soap Recipe

Olive oil – 24 oz.
Coconut oil – 4 oz.
Mango butter – 4 oz.

Lye – 4.3 oz.
Water – 6.4 oz.

About this recipe: There is a HIGH amount of olive oil in this recipe which will make it super gentle and nourishing. It is cleansing, but LOW cleansing. Because of the high amount of olive it will require a longer cure and will have the ‘olive oil soap snotty feel’. BUT, it makes a great soap for babies, elder skin or anyone that needs a gentle soap. I like to let this cure for at least 8 weeks.

Water – My normal water amount is 2 times the lye amount. For soap that is this high in olive oil, I use a formula of 1.5 times the lye to get my water amount. So above, I just took 4.3 x 1.5 and that equals 6.4. Do the water amount that you feel comfortable soaping. However, I highly recommend not to use the standard water amount that soap calculators spit out at you because it it closer to three times the lye and that is just too much water for this recipe.

Oatmeal – 2 teaspoon (be sure to powder it first so its not scratchy)
Yarrow Powder – 1 teaspoon

Essential Oil Blend:

Since we’re calling this baby soap, I recommend leaving out fragrance or essential oils. Unscented it perfect for babies.

Basic Soapmaking Process:

New to soapmaking? Visit our basic tutorial here.

Step 1 – Wearing safety gear, weigh out the lye and water into two separate containers.

Step 2 – Pour the lye into the water while stirring. Place in a safe place and let cool while you prepare the oils.

Step 3 – Weigh out the hard oils/butters and melt.

Step 4 – Weigh the liquid oils into the melted oils/butters. This helps cool the oils down.

Step 5 – Add additives to the melted oils. Stick-blend to get rid of clumps if any occur.

Step 6 – Once both the lye solution and oils have cooled to under 100° F, add the lye solution to the oils and mix to trace. Be sure to wear goggles and gloves!

Step 7 – Pour the soap into your mold.

Step 8 – Unmold, cut and cure your soap for at least 8 weeks.


Happy Soaping!

Amanda Gail

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Now through March 1st, we are having a presale on our newest eClass, Clear Transparent Soap from Scratch!

In this video eCourse, I will show you:

  • How to formulate your own transparent soap recipe that is remelt-able and reusable…similar to MP soap base.
  • We’ll go over base oils and solvents that are available to use and why you would select each type of ingredient.
  • How to make quick hot process transparent soap from scratch. It only takes about 20 minutes once you get the process down!
  • How to remelt and use your base for future projects.

About the soap:

  • The ingredients we use include coconut oil, stearic acid, castor oil, sodium hydroxide, everclear (grain alcohol) and sugar.
  • The soap is remeltable and you can work with it like melt and pour soap base.
  • You can create bars of soap or embeds that you can add to regular cold process soap.
  • You’ll get different varieties of clarity in your soap…we’ll talk about that.

The class will be delivered in a a series of videos and downloadable PDF’s. You’ll have forever access and be able to watch over and over again as you want.

Happy Soaping! -Amanda Aaron