Last Updated: November 28, 2021

9 best colloidal oatmeal products to soothe your skin.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 15 min read

Oats with berries and cream, oats with brown sugar and maple syrup, overnight oats — if you can’t get enough oats in your life, we’ve got a solution for you—not for your breakfast, but for your skin. Colloidal oatmeal is an ultra-nourishing, super hydrating powder made of ground oats that can be used in luxuriously hydrating baths and in rich colloidal oatmeal creams to soothe dry, itchy skin conditions.


Here, we’ve curated the best colloidal oatmeal body care products so you can find relief from the itch that plagues you or the flakey skin that refuses any and all other forms of moisture you throw at it. Read on for our fav picks and hot tip — for the Mrs. Meyer’s products below, select the “oat blossom” scent for maximum colloidal oatmeal power. Don’t forget to check out the FAQ at the end, where we answer all your burning colloidal oatmeal questions too.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.


1. Mrs. Meyer's Gel Hand Soap Refill

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Take the simple step of switching to Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap refill packages, and reuse and refill your hand-soap dispenser easily, cutting out piled-up plastic for your recycling bin. Plus, since this Mrs. Meyer's gel hand soap refill comes in lovely garden-inspired fragrances like rainwater and basil, you’ll also be doing your part to make your …

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33 Oz
$7.49
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2. Grove Co. Hydrating Bar Soap

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An all-natural moisturizing bar soap that washes away germs and hydrates skin, leaving skin clean, soft, and silky.

  • WASHES AWAY GERMS AND HYDRATES SKIN
    Our all-natural bar soap is made of moisturizing glycerin, organic coconut, and olive oils that create a sudsy lather and thoroughly moisturize skin.

  • THOUGHTFULLY FORMULATED WITH YOUR HEALTH …

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4 Oz
$5.95
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3. All Terrain Ditch The Itch Bar

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When you suffer from itchy, irritated skin, you need a soothing soap like the All Terrain Ditch The Itch Bar. This natural bar soap is specially formulated with nourishing oils and extracts to both cleanse and calm irritated skin, whether due to dermatitis, rashes, insect bites, or poison ivy.

To best treat eczema, apply All Terrain Eczema …

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4 oz
$9.99
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4. Mrs. Meyer's Hand Lotion

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Good hand hygiene could mean scaly skin, but not with this Mrs. Meyer's Hand Lotion. Made with almond oil and shea butter to soothe and smooth skin, this hand lotion is never heavy or greasy like other brands. Its biodegradable, made in the USA, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and available in seven calming, aromatherapeutic, garden-inspired scents. …

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12 Oz
$4.99
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5. Babyganics Eczema Care Skin Protectant Cream

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Tested by pediatricians and dermatologists, this protectant cream is specially formulated for your baby’s dry skin. Babyganics Eczema Care Skin Protectant Cream soothes an infant’s or toddler’s sensitive skin with feel-good ingredients like colloidal oatmeal. You’ll gently treat baby eczema while your little one gets relief from red, inflamed, …

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8 oz
$11.99
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6. Mrs. Meyer's Body Lotion

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Lather up with this Mrs. Meyer's Body Lotion, and feel the difference from other similar brands. This naturally derived body lotion uses ingredients such as almond oil and shea butter to soften and moisturize your skin with each and every use. It’s phthalate-free, paraben-free, dermatologist-tested, and like all Mrs. Meyer’s products, it’s Leaping …

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15.5 Oz
$7.99
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7. All Terrain Kids Eczema Cream

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When your little one's eczema is throwing a temper tantrum, give it a timeout with All Terrain Kids Eczema Cream. This soothing cream is specially formulated with colloidal oatmeal USP to naturally clean, calm, protect, and relieve itchy, irritated skin due to atopic dermatitis or eczema. Made with at least 95% naturally derived ingredients, such …

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2 oz
$11.99
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8. All Terrain Ditch The Itch Spray

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Reach for All Terrain Ditch The Itch™ Spray to end the agony of bug bites, sunburn, and the unfortunate effects of an encounter with poison ivy, oak, or sumac. Ditch The Itch draws on the power of colloidal oatmeal for soothing itch relief. Shea butter intensifies the hydration, and essential oils like tea tree, eucalyptus, and neem oil help …

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2 oz
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9. All Terrain Eczema Relief Cream

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Being great pretty much goes with the territory when it comes to All Terrain. This All Terrain Eczema Relief Cream does wonders for skin irritated by atopic dermatitis or eczema. It’s made in the USA with at least 95% naturally derived ingredients, including colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, tea tree oil, neem oil, and eucalyptus oil. Apply this All …

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2 oz
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FAQs

What is colloidal oatmeal?

Colloidal oatmeal is made from the Avena sativa plant. Oats from this plant are ground into a fine powder that can be used in all manner of skincare products. Colloidal oatmeal is packed full of fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals that nourish the skin, plus it boasts antioxidant properties that help protect and soothe your body’s largest organ.


Folks with dry, irritated skin or conditions like eczema find relief with colloidal oatmeal because it’s also an emollient — it holds moisture in the skin for long-lasting hydration. Colloidal oatmeal is a powerful anti-inflammatory, too — it contains avenanthramides, which reduce cytokines, a protein in the body that causes inflammation.


Curious about colloidal oatmeal? Check out our Health & Beauty team’s guide on the benefits of colloidal oatmeal and different ways to use it in your personal care routine.


What is the difference between colloidal oatmeal and regular oatmeal?

What’s the difference between the box of oats you buy at the grocery store and the colloidal oatmeal you slather on your body for dry skin relief? Well, not much. “Colloidal” sounds super fancy, but it actually just means a substance that has a gelatinous texture, which is essentially what sets colloidal oats apart from regular rolled oats.


Colloidal oatmeal is made from whole oats, including the bran — it’s just been ground into a very fine powder and mixed with a liquid base such as oil, body cream, or water that makes it easy to apply to the skin. You can make colloidal oatmeal at home, but you’ll need whole oats with the bran, since that’s where the bulk of the nutrients are. Grind your oats into a superfine powder, then add a liquid base to make it spreadable — or pour the powder into your tub for a soothing colloidal oatmeal bath.


Can you use colloidal oatmeal every day?

Colloidal oatmeal comes in an assortment of products, so frequency of use depends on what type of colloidal oatmeal skincare you’re using. In general, colloidal oatmeal is safe to use multiple times a day — especially if you’ve got dry skin or if you’ve just gotten out of the shower or bath.


Before incorporating a new product into your skincare routine, test it out on a small patch of skin. Colloidal oatmeal’s side effects are rare, but some folks might experience redness or irritation. If you’ve got a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis, check with your doctor before you slather anything new on your body.


For more dry skin relief, take a gander at our favorite body creams, lotions, and oils that contain avocado oil for maximum moisture where you need it most.


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