My handmade banana oatmeal soap was one of my personal favorites for a long time, though it didn’t really catch on until I put it on sale. Once it sold out I had folks asking me to bring it back. I didn’t bring this exact recipe back, but I did create a deliciously scented Coconut Mango Goat Milk soap that contains banana and, in lieu of the rolled oats, colloidal oatmeal. While the jury is still out on whether or not I bring back the original banana oatmeal soap, I thought I’d share the recipe so you can craft this fabulous moisturizing cold process soap for yourself. This natural homemade soap recipe contains real banana which really adds something special to its skin conditioning properties. However, the banana doesn’t really lend any sort of fragrance, so if you choose, you can add your favorite scent to customize it and truly make it yours. The unscented version of this soap also makes a great shampoo bar for dogs!
Natural Unscented Handmade Banana Oatmeal Soap Recipe
36 fluid oz. distilled water
15.6 oz. lye (sodium hydroxide)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 very ripe banana
This recipe will fill three of my 3-3 1/2 lb. soap molds and yield 30-36 bars depending on how they are cut. To make this soap following your basic cold process soapmaking instructions. While your lye-water and oils are cooling, mash one very ripe banana in a bowl and set aside along with a measured 1/2 of oatmeal. (You can use up to 1 cup of oatmeal for an extra scrubby soap.) Once your soap reaches a very light trace add the banana and oatmeal and mix well. Then pour into lined molds, cover and allow to saponify. You can unmold and cut these into bars after 24 hours. If you’d like to cut costs you can sub 1/2 of the olive oil for canola. If you’d like to scent your soap, add up to 3 oz. of essential oils or up to 6 oz. of fragrance oil at trace. Allow to cure a minimum of three weeks before use.
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