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Old 09-30-2016, 04:44 PM   #1
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Default Calamine lotion, can it be used in cp

So really I have 2 questions but didn't want to bog the forum with 1 question after another, 1st one is easy for all you experts,

1.)can I use one of the food hydrater to help cure my soap faster, or put a family in the closet I use to put my soap in, the idea of curing is to basically dry out the water correct? I know stupid question, however my father keeps pestering and telling me to put a fan in the closet bc it'll circulate air and dry out the bars faster, that I don't believe but I am curious about using a food hydrater though.

2.) Does anyone here have a very basic creamy based cp recipe that can be used with calamine lotion? Can calamine lotion be used in making cp soap? If you can you help me create a recipe, I want small bubbles but a creamy later, I want to be able to used for when you have a horrible rash like getting poison ivy, but all soaps are really harsh on the skin when u have a bad rash, I want this to be cleansing of the skin but not harsh and used with the calamine lotion so it leaves the dkin soothing, just it would if you used calamine lotion alone.

Thank you in advance for advice on both questions and anyone willing to create a recipe for me, lots of thanks and appreciation


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1. No, dehydrating the soap will make it warp, and it will still require 4-6 weeks cure time, as there is much more going on than loss of moisture during that time.

2. It won't work, I have tried it. You can't use a high enough amount of calamine lotion in soap to have the effect of calamine lotion. Soap is, after all, a wash off product. You are better off just using calamine lotion after your shower.


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1. No, dehydrating the soap will make it warp, and it will still require 4-6 weeks cure time, as there is much more going on than loss of moisture during that time.

2. It won't work, I have tried it. You can't use a high enough amount of calamine lotion in soap to have the effect of calamine lotion. Soap is, after all, a wash off product. You are better off just using calamine lotion after your shower.
OK thank you, appreciate the input
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1. No, dehydrating the soap will make it warp, and it will still require 4-6 weeks cure time, as there is much more going on than loss of moisture during that time.

2. It won't work, I have tried it. You can't use a high enough amount of calamine lotion in soap to have the effect of calamine lotion. Soap is, after all, a wash off product. You are better off just using calamine lotion after your shower.
Will using oatmeal or oatmeal bath work inside the soap?
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Will using oatmeal or oatmeal bath work inside the soap?
If you want a nice exfoliating factor, yes it would. If you're wanting to use it the way I'm suspecting, you could always make oat milk and use that as your liquid. I do feel that oatmeal is better used in actual bath water, where the skin will have a better chance of receiving the benefits of the oatmeal.
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If you want a nice exfoliating factor, yes it would. If you're wanting to use it the way I'm suspecting, you could always make oat milk and use that as your liquid. I do feel that oatmeal is better used in actual bath water, where the skin will have a better chance of receiving the benefits of the oatmeal.
What is oat milk and how would I go about making that, and your suspicions are most likely right, lol
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I haven't made it myself but you can make oat milk with at least oatmeal and water in a respective 1:2 ratio. There are plenty of recipes on youtube and online and many of them will have you soak the oatmeal in the water for a set amount of time. You would then have to put the oatmeal/water mixture in a blender, blend it and then strain it a few times. I'm only giving a basic run down for this. If anyone has made this before, they'd give better advice.
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I have made oat milk and used it in soap. I'm not sure it will give soap the properties you are looking for, but it was a nice soap. To make the oat milk this is essentially what I did:

Combine one cup steel cut or rolled oats in a bowl with enough warm water to cover. Let sit 12-24 hours. Drain and rinse. Put oats back in bowl and cover with water, mixing with hand, and drain two more times (or until slimy feel is gone). Put drained oats in blender with three cups water and blend on highest setting until oats are finely ground. Strain through a colander lined with cheese cloth. Chill.

You don't want to use quick cooking oats. I found several videos on youtube. Watch a few and find a process you like.
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Oat milk in soap will not yield the results that Aveeno in the bathwater will. The issue is that soap is a wash off product. You need something that will stay on the skin.

The reason I know this is that both my husband and I are allergic to poison ivy. And our yard had quite the healthy crop of it at the beginning of last summer when I moved here. We have fought the good fight, though, and have gotten it down mostly (if I go spray RoundUp poison ivy killer every two weeks like clockwork). Needless to say, I have had lots of opportunity to try various possibilities in soap for efficacy on poison ivy rash.
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I do feel that oatmeal is better used in actual bath water, where the skin will have a better chance of receiving the benefits of the oatmeal.
Thanks for this. One of my early soaps (just at six weeks curing time today) is very soft. It is 35% palm oil and 25% CO with 5% castor and the rest OO. It was made with beer that had been boiled down and then made into ice cubes (so it would not overheat with the lye.) Plus I put a quarter cup of oatmeal in (pulsed very fine, close to colloidal) and some lavender/tea tree EO mix.

It is *very* soft. Too soft. Also, *tons* of suds. I'm think the oatmeal may have softened it up too much, and seriously, the more I do this the more I'm wondering about putting a lot of additives into my soap. If it is washing off anyway, what's it worth. As long as it does not strip my skin dry I think I will be OK with just plain ole 3 oil or 4 oil soap. Also, beer with that much CO plus the castor is overkill on the suds for me.


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