First, I infused olive and rice bran oils with calendula petals. Calendula is a marigold, and has some really nice, skin-loving properties when used topically. The petals have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and some studies even suggest that calendula may help to speed up the healing of wounded or irritated skin (you can find additional info on the wonders of calendula, with references to scientific studies done on the subject here).
|I made calendula infused olive and rice bran oils for this soap.|
While my calendula infusion was in process, I made some oat milk by hand. I regularly make my own almond milk for my Oatmeal Honey soap, but I had never tried making my own oat milk. I was so inspired by a fellow blogger's post on Soapy Alternatives to Goat's Milk that I had to try it! Oatmeal in soap has so many benefits,including reducing itchiness, restoring moisture, and acting as an anti-inflammatory (more on oatmeal in beauty products here).
|Making oat milk by hand is a labor of love.|
After straining the oily calendula petals out of the infusion, I added some new, dried petals to the soap for some visual appeal. Due to the oat milk, this soap traced quickly and went through a full, hot gel. I left this one unscented, since this batch is for people with skin sensitivities. I'm looking forward to giving this one a test run!
|Calendula Oat Milk Soap|