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Colloidal Oatmeal, your skins new best friend with Christal Clear Soaps

Table of content:

1) Egyptians were the first to use oats for skincare

2) Evan Rider, M.D. developed colloidal oatmeal in 1945

3) Colloidal oatmeal soap

4) Oat face wash

5) Colloidal Oatmeal Recipe

6) First-Aid/ medical kit addition of the year


Egyptians were the first to use oats for skincare

The use of oats in skincare has been around since the Egyptians to soothe common skin irritations, the Roamans recommended it as a gentle facial cleanser for women and it is still one of the most sought-after items for self-care items to this day. Chances are you have even used a product with oatmeal, or maybe even an oatmeal bath as a child to help soothe your skin from sunburn, poison ivy, or even chicken pocks.

Evan Rider, M.D. developed colloidal oatmeal in 1945

Colloidal oatmeal was developed in 1945 by Evan Rieder, M.D. who boiled the oats and then ground them. This ingenious invention of finely powdered oatmeal is not only dissolvable in water it can be mixed with oils as well for direct application to the skin. The high concentrations of starches and beta-glucan are what make up the water-holding and protective functions of the oats. After the discovery of finely ground colloidal oats, it quickly became an active ingredient in many forms of skincare items including makeup. Its cleansing ability is most likely due to the natural saponins present, along with different types of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The many versatile ways you can use this one item help make this a key ingredient in cleansers, moisturizers, used as a skin buffer, and gently soothing and protecting even the most sensitive skin of newborns.

Colloidal oatmeal soap

After making oatmeal soaps with home-ground oats, it was only natural to be curious about all the fuss with colloidal oats, and I bought my first bag of this glorious finely-powdered oatmeal to use in my soaps and skincare items. It lends a creamy and silky lather with a gentle buffing, that helps soothe sensitive skin, and makes for a bar of wonderful shaving soap and facial wash. The fragrance is that of what you would imagine with a slightly warm and nutty cereal-like smell, I find it comforting and inviting like an oatmeal cookie.

Oat face wash

In the mornings I use colloidal oats mixed with french rose clay as a facial wash and mask while I am showering, and it works wonders to use a spot treatment for troubled spots like the "T-zone" and blemishes. One of my other favorite things to make with colloidal oats is a body butter bar, adding oat-infused skin healing oils and butters together for a body butter bar fit for a queen.

Colloidal Oatmeal Recipe

If you would like to try your own hand at making skincare items you can find colloidal oatmeal at many health food stores these days and online through many retailers like Amazon for a decent price. Natural skincare does not have to be complicated, one or two ingredients can be a recipe for magic.


Mix together in a glass or wooden bowl and apply to face and neck, allow to dry and rinse off with warm water, and pat skin dry.

1/8 teaspoon colloidal oatmeal

1/4 teaspoon of local honey

Substitutes for honey can include any other form of liquid, water, even yogurt or avocado!

*mix and apply to bites, sunburns, rashes, and other skin ailments.

(If any irritation occurs wash off immediately and discontinues use.)

First-Aid/ medical kit addition of the year

Next time you are shopping for bar soap, keep your eye out for colloidal oatmeal, you just may come across a new favorite for the whole family. If anything it is handy to have in a first aid kit for the inevitable, sunburn, bug bites, and rashes happen. Oatmeal is far more than cookies in our home, it is a cherished remedy for many common skin aliments and we love how simple yet effective it can be for skin of all ages. Do you use oatmeal products? I would love to hear some of your favorite uses for colloidal oats!




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Christal Cleary Owner/Creator of Christal Clear Soaps

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