This soap took the most trial runs before arriving at what it is today. The first incarnation was called Sunshine Soap and was a gorgeous solid block of orange colour. It then became Orange, Turmeric & Poppyseed before becoming Oats, Milk & Turmeric.
The name is a play on Oat, Milk & Honey soaps. It contains all these ingredients, using organic oats, goat milk and raw organic honey.
But the star ingredient has to be the turmeric!
Turmeric is a strong anti-inflammatory herb and has been scientifically proven to be anti-carcinogenic, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-septic, anti-fungal and antioxidant (phew!). It is renowned to clarify, brighten and improve the tone of skin and is actually used in some eastern cultures by brides-to-be to beautify their skin before marriage.
It’s great to use on chronic inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Goat milk is a fantastic source of lactic acid (an Alpha Hydroxy Acid) which helps to gently exfoliate dead skin cells leaving skin luxuriously soft, brightened and rejuvenated. Goat milk is also loaded with essential minerals and vitamins such as zinc, selenium and vitamins A, B and C. Vitamin A in particular is highly beneficial for skin due to its ability to repair damaged tissue and help in reducing wrinkles.
It is also known to help acne prone skin due to its antibacterial properties and as it’s full of essential fatty acids and triglycerides, it is also very anti-inflammatory and helps with most chronic skin conditions.
The third ingredient of the title is organic oats! This is a personal favourite – at a time when my skin was so excruciatingly sensitive that even splashing plain lukewarm water on it caused it to burn (not kidding) the only thing that provided some relief were dampened oats very gently dabbed on the skin. Oats are unbelievably gentle and soothing on the skin.
This is because they are choc full of saponins (very gentle cleansers) and lipids which never strip your skin due to their emollient properties. It is another ingredient in this soap which is very anti-inflammatory and has had good results with atopic dermatitis and psoriasis in tests.
Oat, Milk & Turmeric is one of the few soaps I use palm oil in. I want to explain this a bit as I don’t like to use palm oil in my soaps. It is actually one of the most useful ingredients to use in a soap base as it provides unparalleled hardness and a beautifully stable lather. It is what most commercial soap is made of and comes near the top of the ingredients in a lot of soap bars. The only problem with it is that it isn’t good for the environment or to orangutans whose environment is decimated by the palm oil industry and the unethical practises of some of the farmers. This is predominantly the case with the industries’ bases in Malaysia and Indonesia and even the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) certified palm oil doesn’t fully address the problems arising from the industry. At one point when formulating my soap recipe I decided to simply avoid its use in my soaps altogether.
I then came upon a source of raw palm oil from Ecuador which caught my attention. Although bad agricultural practises take place in this part of the world too, this oil was sourced from a small family farm which practiced sustainable organic farming. The oil was the totally unrefined virgin oil to boot which holds the most amazingly bright orange colour – almost a dark vibrant red sometimes!
That awesome colour comes from the abundance of beta-carotene and lycopene contained in the oil. The oil is also full of a powerful form of vitamin E and other antioxidants. Like goat milk, it is also another potent source of vitamin A and an anti-inflammatory, making it perfect for chronic skin problems as well as rejuvenating skin.
Lastly Oat, Milk & Turmeric is scented with an essential oil blend that is dominated by geranium and sweet orange which provides further skin healing benefits as well as a gorgeously comforting soft floral citrus fragrance.