Natural ingredients based products are high in demand these days. But how much of these skin care products actually contains concentrated natural elements. While we are reluctant to spend lots of money upon skin care products, we also need some sort of aid to cope with mild to serious skin problems. Since some commercial products can be way beyond our means we need alternative solutions. What if a soap could help combat most of these skin problems like eczema, acne, rosacea, dry skin etc. There is no doubt that it is an age, easy to make home made soaps, based on natural ingredients like cinnamon and oatmeal.
Cinnamon is a spice, its anti fungal and anti bacterial properties are beneficial for the skin too. It makes nutrients and blood reach the surface layers of the skin. While cinnamon alone could create a burning sensation, oat meal is soothing and exfoliating, smoothing skin cells. Cinnamon and Oatmeal based soap, will not only moisturize and cleanse skin but also form a protective skin barrier; that is it is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial in nature. It will stimulate and exfoliate skin cells and balances skin’s pH levels.
Now, all benefits stated; here are recipes to make some of your own Cinnamon and Oatmeal based soap bars:
Cinnamon And Oatmeal Based Soap Recipe:
2 lb of Oatmeal Soap Base
1 oz of Cinnamon Scent
And Cooking Spray
First, you need to melt the Oatmeal soap base. For this process you need to cut the soap base into smaller chunks or pieces and place it in a double boiler, stirring it occasionally till it completely melts.
You can also melt the soap base in the microwave. Put all the chunks in a microwave safe dish, on low power place it in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir it occasionally till it melts completely.
Just before the mixture hardens keep your soap molds prepared and kept aside. Once the base has melted, add in drops of cinnamon scent and stir in the mixture well.
Then, take your soap molds and coat them with a thin layer of the cooking spray, this will enable the finish soap to be released easily once set. When done, pour in the melted soap mixture and allow it to set completely. Then place the soap in a cool place to set for a good amount of time. Once set the soap will easily pop out of the molds, if you’ve used larger molds, demold the soap and cut it into bars and they are ready to use. You can wrap them separately in butter papers or gift wrap them to give away to others.
Recipe in ounces:
8 oz of Castor Oil
12 oz of Grapeseed Oil
10 oz of Palm Kernel Oil
38 oz of Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
12 oz of Sunflower Oil
30 fluid ounces of water
10.4 oz of lye
4 oz of finely ground oatmeal to later use as a filler
1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon to add as colorant
1 fl oz Gingerbread & Spice Fragrance Oil
First, measure 4 ounces of ground oatmeal finely floured and set it aside. Then, either on a stove or in the microwave, in a bowl, pour in all the above mentioned oils and warm it to temperatures 120 degrees Fahrenheit. In a separate container add in sodium hydroxide or lye to water and mix well, allow it to cool till it reaches temperatures 120 degrees Fahrenheit. For this be careful not to spill any solution on hand, for a safe job wear on safety gloves on both hands. Exact temperature is not required but keeping a record of the temperatures can later help in refining or improving mixture, recipe.
The temperatures need not be as high while pouring mixture in the soap molds. Once the oils are warmed upto desired temperature, mix in with the lye solution and keep stirring until it forms thin trace. Then, add in finely grounded, floured oatmeal and grounded cinnamon. Slowly add in all the ingredients while continually stirring the mixture, to clear any lumps. Do not let any lumps be left behind, stir the mixture well.
While adding ground cinnamon, it may accelerate the mixture to trace, to turn from fluid state to a thick paste as quick as in 2 minutes. You can later add in the cinnamon, to the soap when you are adding the fragrance to minimize the sudden acceleration.
Be sure to keep your molds ready before hand, before the mixture begins to trace. Once the mixture traces or begins to set, add in the Gingerbread & Spice Fragrance Oil and stir it all well. Then, pour in the soap mixtures into the molds and allow it to set in a cool place until firm. Cut them into smaller bars if you use larger containers to set soap and stack it all to allow good air circulation. You can stack them and wrap it in butter sheets and store in a cool place. Let it cure for several days before using them.
Some individuals may be allergic to cinnamon. Although it adds a gorgeous color to the soap bars, one should be careful to notice if any reaction may occur. To enjoy the Oatmeal and Cinnamon on your skin, do try these soap recipes.