DIY Oatmeal Exfoliating Bar

by Chrystal Johnson on November 11, 2013

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EditedI have been wanting to make my own soap for a while, as I delve deeper into making more of our personal care products. It’s just such a great feeling to know what ingredients are going onto my family’s skin.

With winter on the horizon, my skin is starting to get dry and my eczema is flaring up again. Keeping my skin exfoliated and moisturized is critical when the humidity levels drop this time of year.

I love this recipe because oatmeal is very soothing and gently exfoliating, so it’s safe not only for my skin, but for the whole family. You can also add essential oils with helpful qualities. These soap bars will also make a great homemade gift this holiday season!

DIY Oatmeal Exfoliating Bar



    1. In a double boiler, melt your soap over low heat and smooth.
    2. In a food processor, grind the oatmeal into a fine grain.


  1. Once soap has melted completely, allow cooling for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add a few drops of essential oil at a time, until desired scent is reached. You can add as little or as much as you like.
  3. In a silicone mold, cover the bottom of the mold with ground oatmeal.
  4. Pour melted soap over ground oatmeal. If any air bubbles occur at the surface, spray them with rubbing alcohol to disperse them.
  5. Allow to harden in mold for 3-4 hours.


Have you ever made your own soap?

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About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Christina@TheHippyHomemaker November 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

These are awesome and totally easy! I am so making these and giving them as gifts!!!
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2 Brittney Minor
Twitter: brittleby
November 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Love the recipe! I will have to try it! I bet it would make a great Christmas present!
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3 Emma Brown November 11, 2013 at 11:18 pm

I love using homemade products, as I don’t always want to spend the money on chemical products. I’m glad to know that I can make an all-natural one at home in small amounts.


4 Emily Kristina November 11, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Exfoliation kick-starts your skin’s renewal system, removing dead cells and uncovering the fresher skin that’s waiting underneath. I would definilately give it a try.
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5 Amanda @Natural Living Mamma November 12, 2013 at 11:44 am

Pretty and so simple! Thanks for the ideas!


6 Leah at Crunchy Farm Baby November 12, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Wow – super easy! I’ve made my own soaps and lotion bars, but never done exfoliating bars before. Thanks for the recipe – can’t wait to try it!
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7 Brittany @ The Pistachio Project
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November 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm

These look awesome! Just to clarify… I’d need to grate 12oz of soap? Which would be a bit more than 2 bars of soap…
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8 Chrystal Johnson November 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Yes, 12 oz of soap. And be prepared that it can take a long time to melt completely (up to one hour).


9 Kylie
Twitter: kjworthington
November 15, 2013 at 10:35 am

I would LOVE to get these as a gift… great idea!


10 melissa myers November 16, 2013 at 5:01 pm

I cant wait to make, how many does one bar of melted soap make? and is there other brand of soap that can be used?


11 Chrystal Johnson November 16, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Yes, you can use other soaps as well, but I like castile soap because it’s natural. How many it makes will depend upon the mold you choose.


12 Amanda November 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm

This sounds great! Do you have any oils you recommend? What about for toddlers – would this be safe? My son has eczema and I am finding Aveeno isn’t helping at all.


13 Chrystal Johnson November 17, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Yes, this is a totally natural recipe so it would be safe for toddlers as long as they don’t have an allergy to any of the ingredients. Lavender is a good essential oil to start with for eczema.


14 kayla December 3, 2013 at 9:30 am

How long does the soap take to melt? I used Dr Bronners and only half a bar, as im only doing a portion of the recipe. I have had it in the double boiler for almost 45 min and its not even starting to melt.


15 Chrystal Johnson December 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

It will often take over an hour for it to fully melt.


16 lindsey January 11, 2014 at 12:28 pm

I am using one 4oz bar of castile soap to make this just to make a small portion of this recipe & my soap has not gotten close to melting in my double boiler & it has been over 45 minutes. I have a gas stove & I am worried if I turn it up too high it will melt. Is this recipe made on an electric stove? I just can’t seem to get the correct temperature. Any suggestions?


17 Chrystal Johnson January 11, 2014 at 12:36 pm

You grated the soap, correct? It will take you over an hour to melt the grated soap. Just be patient.


18 Julie March 24, 2014 at 2:49 am

I used to make a lot of “potions” when I was a teenager, often with oatmeal, with varying success. I would love to have a go again at making my own products. This looks pretty simple, thanks
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19 Kyleigh @ Petite Chouette March 24, 2014 at 7:56 am

This is awesome! You make it sound so simple. Thanks for the recipe, I can’t wait to try it out!


20 Wendy @ March 24, 2014 at 9:31 am

What a great tip. These would make a great little shower favor :) I would love for you to share this at T.G.I.F. Linky Party
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21 Sami March 24, 2014 at 6:43 pm

This looks great! Thank you for an easy to follow tutorial. I have had dry skin on my face all winter and I’m ready for it to go away! I’m going to have to try this!
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22 Winnie March 25, 2014 at 5:12 am

These look fantastic!
For a second I thought they were cookies :)
I’ve never made my own soup and I’m intrigued now


23 Maria Kitching March 26, 2014 at 5:14 am

This looks fab, I’m thinking about making a basket of homemade beauty products for my sister. Pinned this.
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24 Jamie Koenig March 26, 2014 at 6:12 am

Love those oatmeal bars they look so cute and I bet they work great. Oatmeal is a great exfoliate and works wonders on my skin. We’re all about all natural in this household and try some crazy thing. We have a link party going on right now and I would love if you would share this with us.


25 jessica matier (@AW2SL) March 26, 2014 at 8:05 am

I love that your ingredient list is so simple. It’s something that I can actually make. I love it!
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26 Kimberlee March 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm

What a great and easy way to make healthy soap. I have never tried to make my own before but I might give your process a try. I think I have all the ingredients – tools, too.
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27 Carrie Groneman March 26, 2014 at 9:19 pm

Stopping by from Showcase Talent and this is a terrific idea and great tutorial! Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow


28 Kersten Lindhardt March 27, 2014 at 6:46 pm

These would make such perfect gifts!!
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29 Heather March 29, 2014 at 6:33 am

Sounds great! I can’t wait to try it! Coming to you from #SitsGirlsSharefest


30 Emily March 29, 2014 at 10:46 am

Sounds easy enough! Excited to try these! Stopping by from #SITSSaturdaySharefest! Have a great weekend!
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31 Allie April 1, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Hey Chrystal,
I featured your oatmeal soap bars on Worthwhile Wednesdays @
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32 Natasha In Oz April 4, 2014 at 3:33 pm

G’day from Oz! Many thanks for linking up to the Say G’Day Saturday link up and sharing this great post. I’ve just pinned it, shared it on Google+ and I will also be featuring it at this week’s party.

Hope you can pop by and say g’day again this weekend.

Best wishes,
Natasha in Oz


33 Evie Dawson @ Defense Soap August 13, 2014 at 1:37 am

Amazing.I love essential oil and adding them in skin care products.. This bar reminds me of the tropical warmth and scents. Thanks for sharing :)


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