Honey & Lavender Oatmeal Soap

If you’re following me on Instagram @Amanda_manda12 you may have seen me post a sneak peek 2 weeks ago for homemade soap. It took me a few days just to figure out what scent of soap I wanted to do. I threw down a few ideas from Pumpkin Spice, Coffee & Cardamom to Blueberry Banana and French vanilla until my husband asked me if we were going to be eating the soap? I realized I was getting a little to crazy on “flavors” and decided to keep it simple.Β  I went with 2 very common natural soap scents and that is Honey & Lavender.

I’m always looking to try something new and have never worked with or used Goats milk soap before (I’ll explain the minor difficulties I came across as I get into the method of prep section). If you’re new to Raw Goat milk, one fact is, it’s very benefiting to your skin. Goat milk soap is excellent for people with dry, sensitive skin or conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Some of the benefits goat milk contains is: Alpha hydroxy acids (lactic acid) which helps in removing dead skin cells from your skins surface, keeping your skin looking smoother and younger. Vitamins: particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary in repairing dead skin tissue and maintaining healthy skin. Cream: The cream that is present helps boost the moisturizing quality and will not dry your skin out like most other soaps particularly in the winter months.Β  Minerals: Selenium is believed by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer. This can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun. As for the other 3 ingredients, I chose Raw Honey because it is full of antioxidants, moisturizing, and naturally antibacterial, also great for giving your skin a little glow and slowing down aging. Lavender: reduces anxiety and stress, improves sleep, restores skin complexion and reduces acne. Lastly, Oatmeal: Yields clean and clear skin, removes dead skin cells, tackles oily skin, a natural defoliant and is also good for sensitive skin.

So as you can see, this soap is probably one of the best things to use on yourself for healthy, younger looking skin. I found that this soap has its own kind of a natural soapy like scent, but I recommend adding a dash of essential oil to make it extra delicious! I haven’t had the opportunity to use this soap on my face yet, but it’s great for hand washing! You can happily make your own soap from scratch if your feeling spontaneous, but I’ve seen fight club and that’s enough for me to start soap making by using a pre-made base which can be found online or in craft stores for under $10/pound.

 

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 Bars of Soap/1lb

Mise en Place:

  • 1 Pound Block of Goats Milk Soap Base
  • Essential Oil of choice (I used French Vanilla)
  • 3 Tablespoons Raw Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Oats
  • 2 Small Sprigs fresh Lavender, removed from stems
  • Soap Dye, optional (If you want a colored soap)
  • Soap Mold

Method of Prep:

  • Cut up the soap base into small cubes. Toss in a microwavable dish and melt for 30 Seconds. Stir and repeat until melted (I melted half the block first then added the second half and melted together).
  • Once the soap is completely melted (this part is tricky and you need to work fast as the longer the soap sits it begins to quickly solidify and you will have to melt again) Add in all the ingredients and mix until incorporated. Add in Coloring and mix.
  • Using a lightly greased soap mold, pour soap base in (If soap is beginning to lose it’s melted texture, toss back into microwave. I had to do this a few times because of how fast it was hardening).
  • Allow to sit in the molds at room temperature, untouched for a few hours until it is hardened again.
  • Take a shower ya filthy animal & ENJOY!!!

 

 

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Monogram Cork Board

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Last year I did a similar post on a Monogram Letter where I used artificial flowers as a way to doctor up a large letter for decor around the house. This post is very similar to that but instead of flowers I’ve used wine corks. If you didn’t already know this, I have a slight, some may say addiction to wine. But I also work in the front of the house of a Country Club where I open 2-6 bottles of wine a week, sometimes many more and lots of my corks come from work lol so not ALL these corks are from me poppin bottles every night. I’m sure many of you have seen these cork board projects on pinterest, and if you haven’t well this is a very simple project and cute one to have around in the office.

This monogram letter was made for my Chef who got married this past weekend. As a wedding gift, I made them this little board of their new last name so they have something nice to hang some wedding photos on! If you aren’t able to collect wine corks as fast as me, you can find them on sale in most craft stores as well. These monogram boards make excellent gifts for the holidays and birthdays. Also it’s an hour long project that costs under $15! Can’t beat that. Happy crafting ya’ll!!

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Mise en Place:

-1 Large Monogram Letter (I used wood for this project)

-50+ Wine Corks

-Hot Glue Gun

-Glue Sticks (At least 5)

-Colored Paint (optional)

-1 Sawtooth Hanger with Nails

Method Of Prep:

-If planning to hang this board, attach sawtooth hanger with nails on back of board using a hammer.

-If you plan to paint the letter, first paint the back and allow to dry. Then paint the front and sides, allow to dry.

-Begin gluing on the corks one at a time until the board is fully covered. Depending on the shape of the letter, some areas might be tricky to fill, just do what you can to make the cork fit, even if you have to cut some in half. There may end up being some gaps throughout the letter, which is normal…some areas you really cant fully cover.

-Hang and decorate the board.

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