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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Fresh Fruit and Smoked Paprika Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is a simple and classic breakfast item that everyone is familiar with. Its a quick mini meal to make and you can add in just about anything to make it taste good. I wouldn’t normally put a post up on something so simple considering most oatmeal is prepared and ready to go in a packet, all you do is add boiling water. When you make something from scratch using all fresh ingredients then its necessary to put up a post. This oatmeal is really good and just has to be shared.

Adding water to oatmeal is so damn boring. I believe in a thing called flavor country and water lacks that so I went with the milk version. Instead of milk I used almond milk because that’s really the only milk I drink. If you enjoy a bowl of oatmeal I recommend you try this recipe.

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Dairy Free/Refined Sugar Free (omit the B.Sugar)/ Vegan/ Vegetarian

Serves: 1 Person

Mise en Place:

-1 Cup Almond Milk

-1/2 Cup Rolled Oats

-1 Cinnamon Stick

-1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar

-Fresh Fruit of Choice (I used 1 Banana, 2 Strawberries cut in 1/4’s, 1 peach)

-Smoked Paprika, TT

-Maple Syrup, Garnish

-Any additional fixings (i.e: nuts, dried fruit)

 

Method of Preparation:

-In a sauce pot over medium heat, bring almond milk, smoked paprika and cinnamon stick to a boil.

-Mix in rolled oats and continue to cook an additional 5 minutes or until soft.

-Pour into serving bowl and top with fresh fruit and additional fixings.

-Sprinkle with more paprika and drizzle with maple syrup.

Enjoy!

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