DIY Oatmeal Exfoliating Bar

EditedThese DIY Oatmeal Exfoliating Bars are a great intro into basic soap making. I 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


  • ¼ Cup Oatmeal
  • 12 oz Melt and Pour Soap
  • Quality Essential Oil of Choice
  • Rubbing Alcohol


    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? If you try making this DIY Exfoliating Bar recipe, let us know how yours turned out!

Update: This post previously had a link to the brand of essential oils I use, but I can no longer mention that brand on my blog due to FDA regulations. If you’d like to learn more about the only brand of essential oils I recommend, please fill out the form on this page and I’ll get back with you.

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  1. says

    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.

  2. Amanda says

    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.

    • says

      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.

  3. kayla says

    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.

  4. lindsey says

    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?

  5. says

    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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  6. says

    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.

  7. says

    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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  8. says

    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

  9. Melissa Dow says

    This was an EPIC fail using Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. I may have misread the comments – thought others had used this type of soap successfully. Be sure to get the melt and pour type soap. Dr. Bronner’s simply will not melt in the double boiler…. Mine has been on the stove top now for 2.5 hours – still not melted. I guess no Mother’s Day gift this year…. :-(

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