How to Make Coconut Oatmeal Soap

This homemade coconut oatmeal soap recipe gives your DIY soap great texture and an amazing scent. Easy to make and can work as an inexpensive party favor or holiday gift.

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How easy is it to make your own soap?

Making homemade coconut oatmeal soap can be as hard or as easy as you want it to be. As most of my DIY projects, I chose the easy route. For this recipe I used a goat milk soap base. This is a perfect and easy recipe for beginners looking to make soap at home.

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Best Way to Make Your Own Soap at Home

This process took less than a half an hour, and the soap scent and the oatmeal created a wonderful texture. Coconut soap making is very easy. You just melt and pour. The best way to make soap at home is to customize it to your own liking. This is pretty much foolproof melt and pour recipe.

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What Scent or Ingredients Can You Add to Homemade Soap?

Even though you can make soup with just coconut oil, it’s fun to add other ingredients. Items such as oatmeal can also add texture to your soap. Below are some options you can consider adding to your soap mixture.

This time I made coconut oatmeal soap, but combinations of scents and textures are endless:

  • dry herbs
  • seeds
  • sea salt
  • honey
  • fragrance
  • oils
  • dry flowers

*Some are added as active ingredients and others works as exfoliators or scent enhancers. 

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Homemade Coconut Oatmeal Soap

Everything You Need To Make My Goat Milk Soap Base Recipe

Ingredients (yields 12 small bars, or 8 large)

*You can find 2 lb. blocks of melt and pour soap base at most craft stores, I chose Goat’s milk soap, but you could also try Shea Butter

**You can have fun with this one, there are so many different molds out there!


  1. To melt the soap base cut the goat’s milk base into small cubes. Fill a glass measuring cup and microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until melted. It takes about 90 seconds.
  2. Add your other ingredients and mix.

3. Place your soap mold on a baking sheet to make transporting it to the refrigerator easier.

4. Pour mixture into the molds. I coated my molds with a small amount of coconut oil spray to prevent sticking.
5. Place in refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes or until set. Carefully pop out of the mold.
You can use a small piece of parchment paper and twig to decorate. These beauties make such wonderful holiday gifts, and are easy on the wallet, too.

Does This Recipe have Lye?c

Even goat milk liquid soap uses potassium hydroxide (a form of lye) instead of the sodium hydroxide (lye) that is used to make bar-soap. However, to make any soap, lye is a necessary ingredient.

Can Homemade Soap be Made Without Lye?

The short answer is no. But, the only way that you can make soap without handling lye is by using melt-and-pour soap. It’s already been through saponification (oils reacting with lye) and is safe to use and handle straight out of the package. 

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