One of my favourite scrubbies to soap are Steel Cut Oats. These are not available everywhere, but you should be able to find them at your local wholefoods or bulk ingredients store. If you can't find them, do use another exfoliant, or for less scrub you can use a regular oatmeal. Steel Cut Oats are chunky, and a pale golden colour, which is perfect for a golden coloured soap.
This soap can be use as a regular skin nourishing exfoliator, or as a garden scrub soap. Its colour is happy, and golden and comforting. If your batch of Infused Calendula Oil is pale in colour, which does occur due to seasonal variations in the flowers, you can add some natural Annatto Colourant to deepen that golden colour. This batch is scented with the delicious Bramble Berry's Energy Fragrance, which is citrussy, fresh and uplifting - just delish!
What you need:
**If your whole foods store/aisle doesn't have the chunky steel cut oats, you can use another exfoliant you like
- Your usual Cold Process Equipment and safety gear
- 2 x 1 litre jugs
- Spatula, stick blender and your usal soapy equipment
- Small sieve or tea strainer
- Brush if using mica
- 12 Bar Silicone Rectangle Mould
- Large tray or baking sheet to stand the silicone mould on
If you are a beginner, we recommend you make a few batches before attempting this soap due to the hot gel. For how to make soap from Scratch, please see our Cold Process Soapmaking Instructions. You can also watch Soap Queen's You Tube Series on Cold Process Soapmaking.
- Set up work bench and measure all the ingredients
- Place the silicone mould onto the tray so you can tap the mould firmly on the bench during pouring
- Mix the Titanium Dioxide, if using, in a teaspoon of oil and set aside
- Set aside the pumice and steel cut oats and bring soap to light trace, don't forget to add the Sodium Lactate Plus
- Add the steel cut oats to one of the jugs and also half of the Mandarin Oasis fragrance
- Use the balloon whisk to manually stir these through thoroughly
- This will bring the soap to a nice medium trace, and then pour or spoon into the mould cavities
- As the silicone mould is sitting on the tray, tap this firmly onto the work bench to even out the surface and remove any trapped air bubbles
- Using the sieve, sprinkle the surface of the soaps with a thin layer of ground pumice. This absorbs moisture and leaves a darker, but subtle line on the finished soaps
- Add the Titanium Dioxide and the remainder of the Energy fragrance to the second jug of traced soap, and stir to combine well, and then finish filling the mould
- Insulate and cover to gel phase, and when unmoulded brush with the mica for a golden finish
Note: You will also need to purchase Olive Oil, Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) and Distilled water from the supermarket.