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January is National Oatmeal Month
December 19, Oatmeal Muffin Day

Definition of Oatmeal

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Oatmeals not just a breakfast cereal
More oatmeal is eaten in the month of January than any other time of the year but oatmeal is not just for breakfast. Oatmeal is used in some alcoholic drinks, cosmetics, soaps, external medical treatments, and is sometimes an added flavour in canned animal products. It is also used as a thickener in some brands of canned chili con carne...... "  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a good skin cleanser that's why it is so popular as a soap.  You can make Oatmeal Soap in many different ways, many different shapes and you can find many different recipes to make Oatmeal Soap.  You can dress it up or dress it down.  You can add beautiful scents to it as well.
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Oatmeal Soap

"We have all seen the oatmeal soaps in the store that cost a fortune. Here's how to make your own. You can substitute other dried material such as cornmeal or pumice for the oatmeal for varying abrasive effects....."  resource link

10 ounces Palm Oil
4 ounces Coconut Oil
2 ounces Olive Oil
1/4 cup regular oatmeal, run through the blender
2 ounces lye
8 fluid ounces water
1/4 ounce essential oil (optional)

Directions:
1. Pour lye into the water (never pour water into lye) - Set aside to cool
2. Melt palm and coconut oils together -set aside to cool
3. In a blender or food processor, mix the olive oil and oatmeal
4. When palm and coconut oils are approximately 120 degrees Fahrenheit and lye water is approximately 100 degrees Fahrenheit, gently pour lye water into oils (never pour oils into lye)
5. Stir until trace
6. Add the oatmeal mixture, and stir until well mixed
7. Pour into prepared molds and cover with plastic wrap
8. Allow to stand covered and out of drafts for 48 hours
9. Remove from molds and cut as desired
10. Allow to age in open air for 2-3 weeks before using

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Basic Oatmeal Soap Recipe
This is basic soap recipe is best left un-milled due to the added ingredients at trace. The quantity is small so you can pour it directly into your final molds.

Ingredients
10 ounces (283.5 grams) palm oil 
4 ounces (113.4 grams) coconut oil 
2 ounces (56.7 grams) olive oil 
1/4 cup oatmeal (not instant), ground in a blender 
2 ounces (56.7 grams) lye 
8 ounces (226.8 grams) distilled water 
optional scent 

Instructions
Pour lye into water and stir until lye is dissolved. Set aside to cool. 100 degrees F (38 degrees C)
Melt palm oil and coconut oil together and set aside to cool.
In a blender, mix the olive oil and oatmeal.
Slowly pour the lye into the fats, stirring constantly. When a small amount of soap can be drizzled across the surface leaving a "trace" before dissolving; add the oatmeal mixture and stir until well mixed.
Pour mixture evenly into mold (s). Wrap in towel and put aside for 48 hours. Un-mold and cure for three weeks.
resource link

you can also add other dried material such as cornmeal or pumice for varying abrasive effects.

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Camomile Oatmeal Soap

Ingredients
2 cups grated soap 
1/4 cup palm oil 
1/2 cup water 
1 tablespoon ground dired camomile 
1 tablespoon ground toasted oatmeal 
10 drops clary sage oil 

Instructions
Melt together the soap, palm oil, and water. After these are melted, add the remaining ingredients. If you would like a stronger floral scent, try adding few drops of ylang ylang essential oil. Once the scents and additives are mixed in, pour the soap into your molds.

Oatmeal is a good skin cleanser.
The addition of camomile makes it gentle enough for use on the face.

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Floating Bath Soak
by Camille Pratt

3 oz cocoa butter
1 tbsp creamed coconut
1 tsp almond oil
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp powdered oatmeal
2 drops tangerine EO

Melt cocoa butter in double boiler, remove from heat. Mix creamed coconut, almond oil, honey and oatmeal, blend well. Add mixture to melted cocoa butter, blend well. Add tangerine EO (or your favorite EO!), blend in. Pour mixture into ice cube trays, chill until firm. Toss one into tub of running water and enjoy! Note: Use caution upon exiting tub, it may be a bit slippery. But, oh, what a soak!

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Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

(1) Melt 8 oz. of white/opaque base
(2) Melt 8 oz. of clear base
(3) Optional: Grind up 1/2 oz. of Oatmeal in coffee grinder for a smoother,
lighter exfoliation. Also, the smaller the particle, the easier to suspend in the soap.
(4) Combine the two bases
(5) Add your fragrance oil - approximately 1/2 oz. (Oatmeal, Milk and Honey is a good one!) and stir in well
(6) Optional: Add colorant
(7) Add the oatmeal and stir. Wait 20 or 30 seconds - is the oatmeal sinking to the bottom of your bowl/Pyrex or is it staying suspended. If it is staying suspended, skip to step 8
(8) If the oatmeal is sinking, this simply means that your base is not thick enough to support the oatmeal. Either cover the bowl/Pyrex with saran wrap and wait for the base to cool, or stir the melted base until it is becomes thick enough to suspend the oatmeal.
(9) Pour your oatmeal soap into molds
(10) Spritz with alcohol to finish the soap and break up any bubbles on the top of the soap
(11) Wait 2 to 3 hours (or even better, overnight!) to pop the soap out of the molds. Wrap with saran wrap and you're done!
Resource Link

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Oatmeal and Honey Soap
(Kathy Miller)

32 oz. cold water (4 cups)
12 oz. lye crystals
2 oz. beeswax (melt with fats)
4 pounds lard (64 oz.)
12 oz. olive oil
8 oz. coconut oil
4 oz. cocoa butter
Fats and lye solution between 95-100 degrees, the lye a bit cooler.

Add at trace:
2 T. - 1/4 cup honey (I confess, I found out at the last minute, I was short! I would go with the lesser amount for lighter color and better texture, but some folks LOVE their honey! :-)
1 - 2 T. bitter almond fragrance oil (you might prefer to use some cinnamon oil and/or ground cinnamon, or clove oil)
1 cup pulverized (fine) oatmeal or rolled oats - measure AFTER pulverizing
The oats can be pulverized with the blender. If you have one of those small jars that come with your blender, this works especially well for blending oatmeal and herbs for soapmaking. This soap has a gentle wholesome smell after curing and a nice scrubby quality for your face. There was a thin whitish layer on top that was hard...like a glaze almost. Might be from the beeswax?

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Oatmeal Soap
(Kathy Miller)

32 oz. cold water (4 cups)
12 oz. lye crystals
4 pounds lard (64 oz.)
17 oz. olive oil
8 oz. coconut oil
Fats and lye solution between 95-100 degrees, the lye a bit cooler.
 
Add at trace:
Fragrance if desired
1 cup pulverized (fine) oatmeal or rolled oats - measure AFTER pulverizing
The oats can be pulverized with the blender. If you have one of those small jars that come with your blender, this works especially well for blending oatmeal and herbs for soapmaking. This soap has a gentle wholesome smell after curing and a nice scrubby quality for your face.

If you want this even scrubbier... you could add half again as much oatmeal... 1.5 cups if you like.
Resource Link
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