Oatmeal Bath Soap
5 cups cold distilled water
1 can lye crystals (they only come in one size - I
think it's 12 oz.)
6 pounds vegetable shortening (or lard, etc.)
1 cup oatmeal flour ( I grind rolled oats in a spice grinder)
1/4 cup warmed honey (lukewarm)
Measure the cold water into a gallon glass jar and then pour the lye crystals in carefully.
Wear rubber gloves and goggles.
Use a stainless steel spoon to stir.
[Color from wooden spoons leaches out into the lye solution.]
The temperature of the lye solution is now approx. 280 degrees or so.
It must cool to 85 degrees.
You can set the jar in a bowl or sink of cold water to help cool it, but don't let it get below 85 degrees.
In the meantime, melt the shortening - bring it to 85 degrees.
There are differing views as to what temperature to bring it to, but this seems to work the best.
When the shortening and the lye solution are the same temperature, carefully pour the lye solution into the shortening in a very thin stream, stirring all the time.
It helps to have two people to do this.
You then stir the solution until it saponifies (comes together).
Basically, when you lift the spoon and the drips leave a definite trail on the surface, it is ready.
You then stir in the oatmeal flour and the honey and stir in thoroughly.
Then pour into your molds.
Cover molds and wrap in a blanket for 24 hours.
Unwrap and cut into bars.
Use rubber gloves to handle the soap.
You then set the bars out on a surface and let sit for 8 weeks.
If you try to use them before this, you might burn your skin or cause a rash.