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Brown Sugar and Oatmeal Soap


Now THAT is a lot of soap!
Twelve pounds, to be exact, cut into 72 bars.

The sales conference for fall books is coming up, and my publisher asked if I would send “swag” for the marketing team to hand out to promote my book. I’m excited that they’re excited about my book, so I agreed to send along a box of homemade soap. They wanted something homemade that would represent something I did in the book. The sales reps at the conference would probably rather get pies, but that won’t ship well, so soap it is.

The recipe I chose is a simple one, and likely to appeal to most people. This soap smells delicious–and is so pretty with swirls of brown sugar.

If you’ve never made soap, you can! Check out my Hot Process Soap in a Crock Pot tutorial. You can do it!

Here’s the recipe.

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Crisco — 9.6 ounces or 272.155 grams
olive oil — 9.6 ounces or 272.155 grams
lard — 6.4 ounces or 181.437 grams
coconut oil (76-degree melt point) — 6.4 ounces or 181.437 grams
distilled water — 12.16 ounces or 344.73 grams
lye — 4.463 ounces or 126.524 grams
1/3 cup ground oatmeal
1 ounce fragrance oil
1/2 cup brown sugar

This yields a 2 pound batch of soap. I usually add the fragrance oil as the very last thing, but because the brown sugar won’t be completely incorporated–just gently turned through the mixture to leave swirls, add the brown sugar last.
Pretty! I hope they like it!

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