Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Making of a Soap Recipe

Making Oatmeal, Milk & Honey (or buttermilk in my case)

I think that every soaper out there has a version on this recipe.  No soapers repertoire is finished without it.  lol And I'm a little hesitant to share but I'm going to anyway because it's a good thing to do.  I love this soap.  I make this one in a hot process style. That's important to know before making because some of the ingredients will not transfer over to a cold process recipe.  For instance I use 1 Tbsp of local honey per pound of oils.  In hot process I can do that but not in cold process because it heats up the recipe and not only will my milk and honey burn I will end up with brown spots in the soap.  So for cold process I only use 1 tsp per pound of oils.  I added buttermilk powder mixed with a small amount (1oz/pound of oils) of distilled water (amount is subtracted from the water used to mix lye.) Now in hot process I can add this to the soap after the cook and don't have to worry about burning it.  In cold process you can add this at trace but in order to avoid burning or overheating I would put my soap in the freezer or fridge.  (Remember Honey makes soap get really hot)  I also get steel cut oats and grind it in my coffee grinder and add the ground oats to the hot process soap after the cook.  Note: Adding sodium lactate to your recipe makes this a more fluid mixture once it's done cooking so it makes it easier to incorporate a large amount of oats like I do here.  In cold process it can be added at trace.   Now you don't have to use buttermilk you can use whatever milk suits your fancy.  I prefer buttermilk because I like the way it feels on the skin and smells in the soap.  You can even use cream if you want.   If you want to do this recipe cold process be aware that it may volcano because of the heat generated by the honey.  I suggest making it hot process it's easier and you can add more of the good stuff. If you have any questions please ask.  If I know the answer I will let you know and if not perhaps I can find one for you.  Or find someone that knows the answer.  :)

Here are my videos of me making and cutting this soap.  Recipe is at the bottom.

Angela's Oatmeal, Buttermilk & Honey Hot Process Soap

3% Beeswax (preferably organic as it has a natural honey scent)
8% Castor Oil
20% Coconut Oil
10% Mango Butter
32% Olive Oil
10% Palm Oil
10% Shea Butter
7% Cocoa Butter

Superfat 8%

1 tsp Vitamin E/pound of oils
1/8 cup Ground oats/ pound of oils
1/8cup buttermilk powder/pound of oils mixed with distilled water to make fluid
2% sodium lactate (I use 2% of the oil measurement just to be safe)
1Tbsp Honey/pound of oils

Well here it is.  It's one of my favorite recipes.  Happy Soaping Everyone!  


  1. Hi Angela, I want to try this recipe, HP version, but I'm a little confused about the lye water & the water mixed with the buttermilk powder. What do you mean about the water subtracted from the lye mixture? Also, how long did this cook before adding the last 3 items & pouring into mold? Thanks... Your soap looks wonderful!

  2. Thanks Gina, this soap is a great one. I know yours will turn out wonderful too.

    After I measured out my water for my lye I used some of that water to mix in my buttermilk powder. I did this before I added the lye to the water. So that my final bar didn't have excess water in it to cure out.

    I cook my HP soaps for 3 hours then I turn off the crock pot and wait about 30 min for it to cool down. I also heat up the milk and honey slightly before adding so they mix in well.

    1. Thank you. Completely make sense. It just seemed like the lye would not have much water to mix with the oils, sounds a little scary! I'm definitely going to try it & send you my update :) Thanks again.

    2. You really only need a very small amount to mix in the buttermilk powder I only used about 3 oz for the 4lb batch. It's only enough to make it creamy and fluid. And if your worried about it you could always do it the other way and have slightly more water in your bar. I don't think it would do any harm. Just let them cure for a couple of weeks.
      No problem I like to help