Recipe: Bug Repellant Soap!

Do you need relief from a nasty bug bite or poison ivy?

Oatmeal soap base along with peppermint and lavender essential oils will help ease that irritating itch and help sooth your skin. Oatmeal has so many great skin benefits. It’s definitely not just a food! People have been using oatmeal for years to provide relief from all types of skin irritations. Many store bought beauty products such as makeup, lotions and moisturizers contain oatmeal.

Oatmeal gently exfoliates and softens your skin. Why wouldn’t you want to use a all natural and healthy product on your skin? The recipe below is called “bye, bye bug bites”

Materials I used for this recipe:

2lb block of Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap Base
1/2 cup of raw oats
Guest honey bee soap mold (optional)
1 Tbsp Baking Soda (aka Sodium Bicarbonate)
1 Tbsp Salt
1 Tbsp of Peppermint essential oil
1 Tbsp of Lavender essential oil
Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol

~First cut your oatmeal soap base into small pieces and place into a microwaveable mixing bowl ( I always use a glass measuring cup, it has a nice handle and washes up nicely!) Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir and put back in for another 30 seconds. (If you prefer using your stove top, a double boiler works well too) Once soap base is melted and free of lumps add baking soda, salt and raw oats. Stir together. If you prefer your oats finer, feel free to put though a food processor.

Next, add the peppermint and lavender essential oils. Finally, pour mixture into soap mold and spray with rubbing alcohol to remove any bubbles. (I also added a few tablespoons of oats to cover the the back of the soap for extra texture. If you choose to add the extra oats, spray again with rubbing alcohol.

Within a few hours your soap will be ready for use. Before removing from the mold, place into freezer for 15 minutes. This will make removal a lot easier.

These bars are great to make in the summer and have on hand especially after those hikes and camp fires.

Thanks for reading and happy soap making
~Erika

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