DIY Exfoliating Oatmeal Soap Bars

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These DIY Oatmeal Soap Bars are easy to make using natural ingredients to gently cleanse and exfoliate skin.

Stack of homemade exfoliating oatmeal soap bars on a wood table

These DIY Oatmeal Exfoliating Bars are a great intro into basic soap making, but with the addition of an exfoliating ingredient – oatmeal..

Oatmeal is very soothing and gently exfoliating, so it’s safe not only for my skin, but for the whole family. It works nicely for sensitive skin too.

You can also add essential oils with helpful qualities like lavender, frankincense and helichrysum. This dry skin balm can work wonders after exfoliating!

3 exfoliating oatmeal soap bars stacked and tied with twine

DIY Oatmeal Exfoliating Bars

Learn how to make this DIY Exfoliating Oatmeal Soap Bars recipe with a few simple ingredients.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Cooling Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
Makes: 5 Small Soap Bars


  • ¼ cup gluten free oatmeal
  • 12 ounces shea butter melt and pour soap - or your favorite type
  • 10 drops essential oils - of your choice
  • Rubbing alcohol


  • Double Boiler
  • Food processor
  • Silicone mold of your choice


  • In a food processor, grind the oatmeal into a fine powder. In a silicone mold, sprinkle the bottom of each cavity with the ground oatmeal. Set aside
    Oats sprinkled in bottom of red silicone mold
  • In a double boiler, cube and then melt your soap over low heat, whisking frequently until completely melted and smooth. Once the soap has melted completely, allow it to cool for 3-4 minutes, then 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, but don't add more than is considered safe.
    Oatmeal and soap melted in double boiler
  • Pour melted soap over ground oatmeal. If any air bubbles occur at the surface, spray them with rubbing alcohol to disperse them.
    Oatmeal soap poured over oats in red silicone mold
  • Allow your exfoliating oatmeal bars to harden in the mold for 3-4 hours before popping them out of the mold and storing them in an airtight glass container.
    Stack of exfoliating oatmeal soap bars tied neatly with twine

1 thought on “DIY Exfoliating Oatmeal Soap Bars”

  1. This DIY oatmeal soap recipe is such a wonderful way to pamper your skin naturally, leaving it refreshed and smooth!

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