Updated: Jun 14
The FarmHouse Soap was one of the first soaps I ever made, and over time I have tweaked the recipe and made it my own. I love the rustic appearance with the flakes of oatmeal and lavender buds sprinkled on top and throughout the bar. This soap's ingredients boost your skin's overall appearance. This soap contains avocado, castor, coconut, olive, palm, and rice bran oils which are full of all sorts of goodness for your skin. I will do an article in the near future on the benefits of avocado oil, which makes an appearance in almost all of my soaps; for a good reason, it's amazing! This soap also contains lavender essential oil, known for its calming and soothing properties. The star of this soap is colloidal oatmeal. What is colloidal oatmeal? It is finely ground whole oat kernels. The oats you typically buy to eat, like rolled or quick oats, are not the entire grain; the bran is removed for flavor purposes and is typically low in the active molecules that provide the skin soothing benefits that come from colloidal oatmeal. Lipids, antioxidants, and beta-glucan( which lock in moisture) are some of the essential molecules in oats for soothing the skin. Colloidal oatmeal is processed and finely ground to allow these ingredients to penetrate the skin properly, whereas food-grade oatmeal is not. The FDA recognizes colloidal oatmeal as a skin protectant so that it may be listed as an active ingredient on the label. Many beauty and over-the-counter skin care products contain oatmeal as an ingredient in lotions, soaps, and cleansers to target those with delicate skin. Colloidal oats have properties that can soothe dry, scaly, rough, itchy, and irritated skin. These oats also contain polysaccharides, hydrocolloids, and fats which work together to create a film over the skin and lock in moisture, making oats a powerful emollient. To put it simply, oats add hydration to your skin. Oats can also help restore and protect your skin. Your skin has a slightly acidic pH level, so simply using water to wash your hands can throw off your skin's pH, not to mention all the hand sanitizer we use. Oats can help restore the skin's pH to a more comfortable level, ensuring protection from moisture loss. Oatmeal is the holy grail of sensitive skincare, and its proven benefits for general dryness. Salem Soap Mill offers a line of products that contain colloidal oats. So, no horsing around!; get The FarmHouse Collection, soap, bath salts, and Soothing Body Cream, and your skin will thank you.