Hi friends! Recently I switched my dog over from a topical flea and tick prevention to a pill. I have a golden that loves to swim so it was a great solution except I worried about mosquitoes getting her and she was a bit itchy and stinky so I decided (after plenty of research to make sure tea tree oil and lavender was safe for dogs) to whip up a batch of soothing, moisturizing oatmeal soap for her.
I used to give her oatmeal baths when she was a pup and had dry skin, the small amount of tea tree oil (I used less than the considered safe amount) will provide insect repellent qualities as well as soothe any scraps or bug bites she might get. Then I packaged the soap up in beautiful supplies from Papermart. These would make great gifts for family and friends. You can see how I made them in today’s video:
You will need:
Glycerin soap base
Tea Tree Oil
Microwaveable glass measuring cup
Silicone candy mold or soap mold
Microwave (or you can use a pan of water on the stove)
- Chop up 1/2 lb of soap base and place in a glass measuring cup. Melt the soap per package instructions. You can do this in the microwave or on the stove in a pan of water.
- Stir in 1/2 cup of oatmeal. Then add 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil. The tea tree oil is an antiseptic and a natural insect repellent making this soap perfect for dogs or people who love to be outside. Tea tree oil can smell strong so to soften the scent you can add a few drops of lavender oil if you wish.
- Spoon the mixture into candy or soap molds and leave to cool and harden about 1 hour.
- Pop out the soap and wrap with plastic wrap. Package in hand stamped muslin bags. Attach a tag that says what kind of soap it is. This will prevent someone thinking it is a dog treat.
*Keep away from eyes. As with most dog shampoos do not use on their face. A washcloth with clear water is best for cleansing your dogs face. this soap can be used on dogs or people but NOT on other pets such as cats as they may ingest some of the essential oils.
I hope you enjoyed making DIY Dog soap with moisturizing oatmeal, tea tree oil and lavender! Happy Crafting!