Colloidal Oatmeal Powder

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This product is great for sensitive or irritated & itchy skin. Use in soaps, oatmeal baths, solid shampoo and conditioner bars, face masks and lotions! Great for dogs as well.

This product is not considered gluten free.

INCI:  Avena sativa (oat) Flour

Add amount desired to lotions, soaps & bath milk.

Physical Form: Light Tan powder
Solubility: Water soluble
Country of Origin: United States

Storage: Room temperature. Airtight container.
Best Used By: One year from date of purchase.
Shelf Life Once Used in Manufacturing: One year from the manufacturing date.

Recommended use levels:
Creams: 0.5-1%
Milk Bath: 10-50%
Soaps: 1-10%

Colloidal Oatmeal vs Ground Oats vs Oat Flour

If you grind up a portion of rolled oats will be ground oats. A coffee grinder and lots of sifting may get you a fine, powdery result, but still won't get the particle size down far enough to call it colloidal oatmeal.

Go ahead and add your ground oats to a powdered face cleanser or face mask, but if you incorporate it into an emulsion (say, a lotion), it may create undesirable lumpy-bits.

In short: ground oats have more limited uses than colloidal oatmeal in a cosmetics-making setting.

Colloidal oatmeal is processed from whole oats and includes the bran, but has a smaller particle size than can be achieved in a home setting (more on that in a minute).

Oat flour is made from oats where the bran has been removed. By removing the bran, it's possible to mill the oats to a much finer particle size. This is great if you want to add a bit of texturizer to your product, but not at all great if you want all the documented skin-loving properties that colloidal oats offer.

In short, without the bran, the oats just ain't grand.

So, What's in Oat Bran?

Colloidal oatmeal and ground oats (from whole oats) includes the bran and therefore contains actives such as:

  • lipids (unsaturated triglycerides that help replenish the skin oils or oil mantle of the skin)
  • beta glucan (moisturizing)
  • avenanthramides (anti-oxidant unique to oats)

Colloidal oatmeal is anti-inflammatory, helps soothe itchiness and offers barrier repair.
Oats also contain a small percentage of saponins, which are great for cleansing activity.

The bran is – quite simply – where the actives are.

Courtesy of Lisa's blog

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Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Larissa Hannah
Silky and creamy

It leaves the bar creamy and smooth with a slippy feeling. Very luxurious

Beautifully fine and smooth

I used this colloidal oatmeal at 1% in my lotion. It's texture is beautifully fine and smooth so that its benefits are loved but its presence is not felt.

Sheryl Uddenberg
Very moisturizing

I made a really nice hand lotion with this Colloidal Oatmeal. Aside from having a very oat smell which I will add more scent to compliment next time, it was a nice product to work with.

Naomi Beebe
Great product!

I add colloidal oatmeal powder to my dry shampoo mixture of rice starch and touch of bentonite clay, and it works perfectly. I’ll definitely be purchasing more from here when I run out. Thanks for the great product!

Anne Doyle
Skin loving additive for soaps and lotions

This colloidal oat powder is the finest I have found and makes a wonderful skin soothing addition to soaps and lotions.