How to Make Oatmeal Soap

Organic rolled oats and honey come together as an all-natural soap that will leave your skin looking radiant and feeling super soft.

three bars of oatmeal soap in a wooden bowl

This soap-making how-to comes from our friend Anusha Rajeswaran of Fish and Bull. In this homemade soap, oatmeal—known for its naturally exfoliating and skin-soothing properties—is the star ingredient. We recommend using natural whole oats as opposed to quick oats that may turn to mush. A shea butter soap base and raw honey make these bar soaps even more nourishing for the skin. For this project, we used a melt and pour soap base as it is much easier and safer to handle than the traditionally cold-process method with the ingredient lye.

What You'll Need


  • Shea butter glycerin soap base
  • Organic rolled oats (Bob's Red Mill Organic Regular Rolled Oats)
  • Raw honey
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Soap mold (ArtMinds Soap Molds)
  • Knife
  • Craft stick
  • Blender or food processor


  1. ingredients for oatmeal soap blended in a glass bowl

    Blend 1 cup organic rolled oats into a fine powder consistency. (Note: This is to ensure that the oatmeal doesn't scratch your skin or clog the drain when lathering up.) Set aside.

  2. Chop 2 pounds shea butter glycerin soap base into chunks. Place soap into a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds on high; stir. Repeat at intervals of 10 seconds until completely melted. (Note: Make sure that it does not boil.)

  3. ingredients for oatmeal soap blended in bowls and a silver spoon

    Add powdered oatmeal and 2 tablespoons raw honey to the melted soap base; stir with a craft stick to combine.

  4. oatmeal soap mixture being poured into molds

    Pour the mixture into the soap mold. Allow it to fully cool before popping bar soaps out of the mold.

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