Oatmeal Milk & Honey Buttermilk soap with colloidal oatmeal, buttermilk, and honey; drop & hanger swirls with honeycomb top

Why Buttermilk, Colloidal Oatmeal and Honey?
Buttermilk Is an excellent skin softer. It has lots of extra moisturizing properties, along with alpha hydroxy acids that are great for dry, sensitive skin and delicate skin. Plus the natural sugar in buttermilk helps increase the bubbles in soap.
Colloidal Oatmeal is a micro-fine, ground oatmeal and is one of the most gentle exfoliants you can use. It’s a great additive for those with extra dry skin and is used to alleviate itchiness. It’s also known for it’s soothing properties and has all the benefits of oatmeal without the scratchiness. It also makes the skin feel smooth & refreshing.
Honey adds adds additional humectant properties and helps create bubbles. (A humectant is an ingredient that absorbs moisture from the air.) Humectants are great for the skin, as they can help the skin retain moisture. Honey also contains antioxidants and natural sugars which can increase the lather of soap.


Description of Bramble Berry Fragrances:
Oatmeal Milk & Honey Cybilla: Warm oatmeal, with creamy milk & honey. CP: discolors to dark beige/tan; 1% Vanilla.
Oatmeal Milk & Honey: Sweet & toasty milky oatmeal, with hints of almond & honey and butter cream. CP: 2.5% Vanilla. (Possible green-brown discolor and acceleration.)


The Plan:
5 lb mold, 86 oz soap
Layer natural batter with colors, hanger swirl middle.
Top with bubble wrap and whole oats.
Use 2.5 oz of each OMH Cybillia & OMH.
Use 12 oz MB #15 oils, 53 oz MB #16 oils.
Pour off extra for FO testing.

Master batch Oils #16: 65 oz Oils (Makes 92 oz/5.75 lbs soap)
MB Oils: 65 oz/ 1843 grams
NaOH/ Lye 5% SF: 9.1 oz / 258 grams
1:1 Frozen Buttermilk & Distilled Water: (4.35 oz disc/ 21% disc) 16 oz / 453 grams (used 10 BM & 6 DW)
Sodium Lactate (1%): 18 grams (in oils or Lye water at 130 degrees)
Colloidal Oatmeal (1%): 18 grams (in oils)
Honey Powder (1%): 18 grams (in oils – can add at trace)
Carrot Extract (1%): 18 grams (in oils – can add at trace)

86 oz Batter/Color/5 oz FO, 3.5 oz VS:
30 oz Natural, 2 oz OMH-C, 1 oz VS
20 oz Natural, 1.5 oz OMH, 1.5 oz VS
12 oz Brown – BB Purple Brazilian Clay (browns), 1 oz OMH, No VS
12 oz MM Turmeric Root Powder Orange (in water), .5 OMH-C, .5 VS (plus hint of BB Nuclear Orange mica)
12 oz TD White, No FO, .5 oz VS
Pour 30 oz Natural
Drop swirl colors, pour 20 oz Natural, then hanger swirl.
Top with oats on one side, & bubble wrap over all of top.
Put in Refrigerator/freezer to prevent milk from overheating.
Wait 4 days before cutting.
(BB = Bramble Berry; MM= Mica’s & More; TD = Titanium Dioxide; VS= Natures Garden Vanilla Stabilizer)


The Reality:
I have a stash of pre-frozen milks, beers, and distilled water in zip-lock bags in the freezer, but discovered I only had 6 oz of frozen water, so I used 10 oz of buttermilk, instead of equal amounts. I soaped the lye liquid and oils at 92F and 86F, stick blending until emulsified (using an immersion blender) – which took only seconds.

I poured off 30 oz, added the FO & VS blend and poured it into the mold, then put in the refrigerator to set a bit. I mixed up the rest of my batter, but it was too thin to use and there wasn’t any acceleration from the milk or vanilla stabilizer like there usually is. After about 10 minutes, I realized I didn’t want the first layer to be too set up, so I put it back on the counter.

While waiting for the right consistency of my main batter, I tested a couple fragrances in individual molds. After that was completed, the main soap was ready to pour.

I made several passes with the white, orange, and brown, then poured about 12 oz of the second batch of Natural and hanger swirled horizontally about 3-4 times. I added the rest of the natural, then thin lines of the other batters and swirled with a chopstick – horizontally and vertically.

After putting some whole oats across 1/5th of the top, I pressed bubble wrap over it all and put in a dedicated refrigerator for a couple hours; noticed it was warm and transferred it to a freezer until the morning (when I put it back in the fridge, then un-molded in the afternoon).


The Cut:



I waited 4 days before cutting this soap and it was still soft from all the milk fat in it. But the cut worked beautifully, with no bumpiness (as seen in a Goat Milk soap here).

You can see other batches of OMH soap here and here.

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