This brown sugar and cinnamon soap makes both a great part of your natural everyday beauty routine as well as a beautifully scented homemade gift. Using a goat’s milk melt and pour base takes the guesswork and lye concerns out of the soapmaking process.
It takes just roughly 10 minutes to make multiple bars of brown sugar and cinnamon exfoliating soap. Your kitchen will smell like you are baking a yummy dessert when making the soap.
While this soap recipe is made using a goat’s milk melt and pour base, any style of melt and pour base will work. If you use a clear glycerin base, the cinnamon will appear to be “suspended” inside of the bar just like flowers do in a clear glycerin floral soap.
Why Cinnamon Is Good To Use In Soap Making
- Cinnamon has been used in natural skin care products to help both prevent and treat not only acne, but also other minor and common skin issues.
- This spice may help draw blood and nutrients closer to the skin’s surface to foster a healthy glowing and well moisturized skin.
- Cinnamon works as a natural mild astringent to help exfoliate your skin . The spice also shrinks skin tissue to help make the face look more vibrantly youthful.
Why Brown Sugar Is Good In Soap Making
- Brown sugar contains glycolic acid compounds. These tiny alpha-hydroxy acids can penetrate deeply into our skin to loosen old dead skin cells, enhancing renewed growth.
- The sugar is also a naturally occurring humectant. It draws out moisture from the environment it is in, then transfers that skin refreshing moisture into the skin – both softening and rehydrating it.
- Brown sugar is better at naturally exfoliating the skin than white granulated sugar and salt. While brown sugar is coarse, it is both more gentle than salt, and softer than white granulated sugar.
- Brown sugar may be able to reduce or lighter the appearance of scars due to its glycolic acid.
- Using brown sugar in soap may also help alleviate acne.
Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Exfoliating Soap Recipe
- soap molds
- Glass measuring cup with a spout
- Mixing spoon
- Measuring spoons
- Sharp knife
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 pounds goat’s milk melt and pour soap base
- 4 – 8 drops cinnamon essential oil optional, for extra scent
- Cut away 4 chunks of the goat’s milk melt and pour soap base, and put them in the measuring cup.
- In the microwave, heat the chunks for approximately 1 minute (or about 5 minutes in a double boiler).
- Remove the glass measuring cup, and stir the soap base thoroughly. If you’re used to working with a clear glycerin soap, expect this type of melt and pour base to take longer to melt.
- Repeat the previous step and melt the soap base mixture for another 30 seconds and stir again. If there are still solid or semi-solid chunks of the goat’s milk soap base, microwave the mixture for 30 seconds each (stirring in-between), until all parts of the base have melted entirely.In the photo below you can see how the goat’s milk soap base looks after being melted and stirred for 1.5 minutes. It took two more trips through the microwave to completely melt the soap base. NEVER just microwave the melt and pour soap base for two or more straight minutes – that will nearly always scorch the mixture.
- Place your molds on a level work surface so they are ready to pour the melted soap base into once all of the other ingredients are mixed in. I always place a baking sheet beneath silicone molds so I can transfer them into the refrigerator for quick curing without spilling or otherwise disturbing the poured soap before it is solid.
- Stir in the brown sugar and combine completely.
- Stir in the cinnamon, and combine thoroughly with the goat’s milk soap base and brown sugar.
- If you dab a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto the soap molds they will become lightly coated – just as baking sheets do when coated with butter or Crisco. This can help stop bubbles from forming on the base of the mold, and help create a smooth surface on the top of the bar.
- Give the brown sugar and cinnamon exfoliating soap mixture a final stir.
- Pour the brown sugar cinnamon goat’s milk soap recipe into the molds.
- Use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles that form on the surface of the soap bar.
- Leave the now filled soap molds on the kitchen counter or other level spot to cure at room temperature for half an hour. Melt and cure soap bases typically cure in the refrigerator in approximately three hours.
Do not place the soap into storage containers; use them, or wrap them as a gift until they are 100% used.
Melt and pour soap bases usually keep their texture, scent, and quality for up to one year. But, because fresh ingredients were used (the brown sugar), the shelf life of these bars will be about 3 – 6 months.
Except when using the cold processing to make soap from scratch with lye, fresh ingredients tend to turn mushy, and grow mold and bacteria at a faster pace.
Tara lives on a 56 acres farm in the Appalachian Mountains, where she faces homesteading and farming challenges every single day, raising chickens, goats, horses, and tons of vegetables. She’s an expert in all sorts of homesteading skills such as hide tanning, doll making, tree tapping, and many more.