How to Make Homemade Oatmeal Soap

Homemade soap is easy to make, relatively inexpensive, and a fabulous homemade gift.  I decided to make an almond scented-oatmeal-goats-milk soap because it’s a soap with moisturizing and exfoliating properties and it smells delicious and looks beautiful.  It’s the perfect soap!  Plus, now that I’ve made just about every scent of sugar scrubs I could think of I had to move on to something else, right?

DIY Homemade Oatmeal Soap

Homemade Oatmeal Soap

Homemade Oatmeal soap is a great choice to make because it:

  • Smells great – you can choose how mild or strong you want the scent depending upon the amount of scent you add to your mixture!
  • Moisturizes
  • Gently Exfoliates
  • Cleans
  • Is Easy to Make
  • Looks Lovely
  • Is a Fabulous Homemade Gift

Oatmeal Soap Recipe

Oatmeal Soap Recipe collage

  • Place 8 cubes of Goat’s Milk Soap Suspension Formula in microwave safe bowl and melt in microwave approximately 1-1/2 minutes on high.  (I used a 40% off coupon at Michael’s so I paid $6.00 for the pack)  Tip: It melts evenly if you use a knife to cut the individual cubes instead of leaving it in a block.
  • Add approximately 40 drops of sweet almond oil soap extract  (I purchased at Michaels for $2.99).  This is about a 6:1 ratio.  5 drops of oil for 1 cube of soap.  If you like a stronger scent, I’d use more drops of oil.
  • Add 1/4 cup oatmeal that has been lightly blended in blender to make grains smaller.
  • Mix ingredients in microwave safe bowl and pour into soap molds (I got mine at Michaels for $1.99).  This recipe fills two square molds and makes 2 nice sized bars of soap.

Decorate Soap

oatmeal soap bar

I used bakers twine and paper flowers to decorate my bars of soap.  They look really cute wrapped in parchment paper too.  I figured out that each bar of soap costs about $1.25 – $1.50 to make.

Other Homemade Scrub Recipes


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  1. 1
    Rachelle says:

    I LOVE how they turned out! I think they would make fantastic “meet the teacher” gifts too! My kids go back to school the beginning of August. I think I’ll add this to my list!

    • 2
      angie lee
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      I think they’d be great meet the teacher gifts too. In fact, I think that’s what I’ll do this year. You know where to come to make the soap. Thanks so much for helping me make the soap! You ROCK! :)

  2. 3
    Diana D says:

    Idea: what about making little ones by using those shaped ice cube trays to mold the soap? We have heart shaped ones and dolphins we got cheap at the supermarket.

    • 4
      angie lee
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      That would totally work, and they would be easy to pop out of the mold. Additionally, they would “set” faster in the freezer! Score! Just don’t forget they are in there or you might ruin your batch.

  3. 5

    My daughter and I, well mostly her, made sugar scrubs last wk for birthday gifts. We made coffee, vanilla brown sugar, grapefruit, lemon and vanilla pepperment. The coffee one, we used half brewed and half fresh cofffee grounds. it was a little oily, added more sugar. all in all, it was fun, we like to stamp, so stamped some pretty labels.

  4. 6

    Now we are gonna have to try the soap! lol

  5. 7
    Twitter: ehellah

    This looks fantastic! How long does it take for the soap to set and harden in the mold?

  6. 8

    Sounds great. Do you think that it would be a good product for someone with sensitive skin?

  7. 9
    Twitter: ehellah

    What’s the best way to take the soap out of the mold? I cut mine but there has to be an easier way!

    xox Elizabeth

  8. 10

    Wow! This is fabulous! Great idea for the holiday goodie baskets i make up for family and friends. I’d like to try some of those sugar scrubs too! Great idea!

  9. 11

    These would make great gift items. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

  10. 12

    Simple, but very natural I love it! Going to save up those 40% to get started on this project. Thanks!

  11. 13

    I made this soap this past weekend. I also added about 15 drops of aloe Vera oil. It was fabulous! So I made another batch for my girlfriends at work. Everyone loved them today. The soap felt like silk when I used it. Everyone raved and ranted over their bars. I felt a little guilty bc it was such an easy recipe. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to make your scrubs.

  12. 14

    I just made your Oatmeal Soap recipe to give as a gift to a new neighbor, I love it! The detailed product information you listed made it a one stop shopping to gather the necessary ingredients. I plan to make more to give as Christmas & hostess gifts. Do you have any other recipes using other ingredients? I am going to emboss the next batch I make using the website listed on the Goat Milk soap package. I also plan to make your sugar scrubs. Thank you again!

  13. 15

    May i which website to purchase all those DIY soap ingredients?

  14. 18

    Hi, I just want to know what time will be ok to mix all the ingredients in microwave? And after pour into soap molds where I have to let them dry?


  15. 19

    Your recipe was so helpful! i needed to do it for a school project and I did really well. The only thing that I was a little confused about was what to do with it after but then I looked on a different website and it said just leave it to dry so that was good. I just wanted to say Thanks SOOO much!

  16. 20

    how do you keep the oatmeal from sinking to the bottom?
    thank you

  17. 23

    Thank you for this! I have wanted to try my hand at making soap but didn’t want to get involved with lye. :( I had no idea there was such a thing as suspension formula! Can’t wait to try it! :)

  18. 24
    naturegirl says:

    ok sounds great because no lye, but with an ingredients list like this: Ingredients Goat’s Milk Powder, Glycerin, Prop. Glycol, Coconut Oil, Triethanolamine, Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Laurate, Sodium Stearate, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Purified Water, DMDM Hydantoin in the goat milk soap base, sorry but no thanks. yuck!

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    Also it doesn’t smell like almond at all ?

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  26. 32

    Hi there! Was wondering what the next step was after pouring into the molds (form the recipe above for the oatmeal soap with sweet almond oil)……….. This will be my first attempt at making soap & I want to make sure I follow all the steps form beginning to end! Thank you so much!! Danielle :-)

    • 33
      angie Lee
      Twitter: 7clowncircus

      Hi Danielle,
      After pouring in the molds, you just need to let cool and then pop out of the molds. It cools quite quickly and I took mine out of the molds sort of like taking ice out of an ice tray.

  27. 34

    Sounds easy enough! Thank you so much!

  28. 35

    Love handmade soap, especially oatmeal/lavender! One of my favorite.
    I hope one day I will be able to find everything I need to make some here in Ecuador…for now I found a local artisan who make some!
    Thank you for sharing…

  29. 36

    Yes, indeed this is fabulous. I enjoy visiting blogs and reading upon other wonderful techniques of soap making. I’m a serious soap addict. Handmade oatmeal soap is one of my favorites. I love this.

  30. 37

    I’d like to use a cookie cutter, (metal I am assuming) as my bride is having a Tulip themed wedding and I’d like to give out Tulip Soap as the favor! Is this possible?? How long does it need to sit in the mold/cutter??

    I have read other “recipes” and it says 3-5 hours?! I have both a kitchen aid & hand mixer will either one work or is one better than the other??

    Lastly, I need to make at least 50, tell me I am not taking on too much and that it can be done! ;-) The reviews have been positive, though older, still fingers crossed!! :) Please email me!


    • 38

      To use cookie cutters with melt and pour soaps, which is what this is, after you make it lightly spray a rimmed cookie sheet and pour in soap. Let it sit until you can cut with a knife a little on one end and it is still a little soft. If it is too firm you cannot cut it out. If it is still squishy wet, for lack of a better term, it won’t work either. Start cutting out like you would cookies or biscuits. Cut out what you can and remember to cut as close as you can, but you leave them in until cooled. If they get too hard to neatly cut out just cut into 1″ squares or smaller and re-melt on 25 second bursts, take out and stir after each time, the lumps will melt while you stir. After a few bursts at the end, when most is melted stir out the lumps until it is thin again. Watch and don’t get it boiling. You can reuse the bits from cut out soaps just re-melt and pour in smaller pan to cut out. If you have rough edges, just rub them smooth with your fingertips. I have used cookie cutters A LOT to add character to my soaps and it is doable. 50 is not impossible. You would do better to make more than one batch so you won’t have to do a lot of re-melting. Have fun, I promise, it is REALLY easier than it sounds! Pour the soap to about 3/4 to 1″ so your cutters will go through smoothly, depending on you shape. Sorry for the book, I hope you got your answer and still have time to do them. Judy

  31. 39

    5 drops to 1 cube of soap does not equal 6:1 ratio. Do look up the word ratio and stop misusing it. Hopefully you haven’t used it in a formula that has the potential to be dangerous.

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  33. 41

    Can I use flavored oatmeal for the soaps?

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    What about the drying phase? Is it not needed in this recipe? Thanks for your response

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    No lists of what i need ………

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    gracielle says:

    Hi,may I know the exact name of the Michaels store?

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    gracielle says:

    I mean what is the word to type to search it online? Thanks:)

  39. 47

    How cool! I’ve taken many an oatmeal bath as a kid – chicken pox hit me hard. Oatmeal definitely has healing powers, both inside and out. Love this idea!!

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    How can I get the soap to be a darker color it’s very nice I made it super easy but would like it to be in darker color can anyone out there give me a hint please

  41. 49

    Food Coloring is what I have been reading on other sites 3 primary, 2 primary to make secondary colors, or 3-5 for darkened primary colors.


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