There’s nothing like the sweet smell of cinnamon to remind you of carefree fall days or warm Christmases by the fireplace. But beyond the flavor of your favorite spice lattes, cinnamon also makes a great ingredient for your soap.
Its antibacterial properties can get rid of acne-causing bacteria and give you clearer skin. On the other hand, people with eczema will be glad to know that cinnamon can also help keep irritated, flaky skin at bay. This particular spice can also act as an effective exfoliant, getting rid of dead skin cells and restoring lustrous, supple complexion.
Combine these benefits with the nourishing capabilities of oatmeal, and you’ve got a soap that can help restore your skin to its healthiest state. This is because oatmeal also has a wealth of anti-oxidant properties, as highlighted by food writer Sushmita Sengupta.
So, why not try your hand at making your own oatmeal and cinnamon soap?
You will need:
– 1 pound melt and pour soap
– ½ teaspoon cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon coconut oil
– 4 tablespoons ground oats
– 5-8 drops cinnamon essential oil
– Soap molds
– Double boiler or glass bowl
1. First, place the coconut oil into a small bowl and mix in the cinnamon. Cinnamon tends to form clumps when added directly to the soap, so doing this first can help incorporate it into the soap better. Stir well.
2. Take your soap base and cut it into ½ inch cubes.
3. Melt the cubes in a double broiler or place them inside a glass bowl to heat in a microwave. Stir the contents between 30-second intervals.
4. Allow your soap mixture to cool down slightly before combining it with the cinnamon and coconut oil mix. At this point, you can also add your ground oats and cinnamon essential oil. Stir well.
5. Once it’s no longer piping hot, pour the soap into molds. Be sure to stir it once in a while to prevent the oats from settling to the bottom of the mold.
6. Finally, allow the soap to cool completely. Having done all steps correctly, your soap should pop out of the mold. If it still sticks, pop the mold in the freezer again for 5-10 minutes, or until needed.
And there you go — your very own oatmeal cinnamon soap!
This is just one of the many ways you can use this nifty spice. Numerous studies have shown how moderate cinnamon intake can promote heart health and help prevent brain-related conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. However,it is suggested that we always consume cinnamon is moderation. That’s because it can make you gag, give you breathing difficulties, or cause drying of the mouth and throat. To be safe, always consume it mixed with other food and drinks, only having between 1 to 4 grams in a day. If you’re not a fan of the taste but still like to experience the benefits of cinnamon, you can also explore other cinnamon-based recipes like this Apple Cider Melt and Pour soap.
– Using shea butter as a base for your oatmeal cinnamon soap will give you a dose of extra moisture, as mentioned in a previous post on Essentials by Catalina.
– Add in your favorite fragrance oil for a personalized touch, like our Oatmeal Milk and Honey fragrance oil or Pumpkin Cupcake fragrance oil.