I’ve sometimes wondered what exactly is in soap, as well as “soap-free” soap, and also wondered just how necessary they are. Turns out it isn’t hard to make a soap-free alternative for everyday showering out of very simple ingredients. So I tried it out.
Please note that this is not some attempt to go “chemical-free” or “all-natural”, though maybe I could agree that it is a little bit anti Big Soap. Mostly, the fewer reasons I have for going to a supermarket the happier I am. But I digress.
This was easy, and cheap. I followed a recipe from here which only has four ingredients: Colloidal oatmeal, coconut oil, honey, and the inessential lavender oil. I had the oil, honey and essential oils (well, we had lemon not lavender, but near enough), and we had oats. But what is colloidal oatmeal?
Turns out the internet says you can make colloidal oats by just grinding oats as finely as possible, and we just got gifted a very handy op-shop find from Zara’s dad: a grain mill attachment for our Kitchenaid. Awesome.
Well, almost. It seems the internet is a little bit misleading. Colloidal oatmeal is oats milled extremely finely, or “micro-fine”, not just an oat flour. But near enough is good enough right?
Anyway, after combining the ingredients, I now have a very tasty soap-free soap.