How to make a Facial Cleansing Soap Bar
Here Ashley Pahl as part of our Blog Program shows you how to create your own Facial Cleansing Soap Bar, in just a few simple steps. Ashley runs a leading craft and DIY blog called She Makes a Home.
I’ve had problem skin since I was a teenager. I’m 28 now, and I never thought that at my age I’d still be covering blemishes with makeup. It’s never been bad enough that I wanted a prescription medication for it. I’ve had mixed results with drugstore skincare, so I finally decided to take the matter into my own hands. After a little research, I decided it was time to try making my own face wash.
This homemade facial bar recipe includes 2 key ingredients that I felt safe for use on my face:
- tea tree oil
According to free radical researcher Dr. Anitra Carr (http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/f-w98/teatrees.html), tea tree oil has been shown to be “active against all three categories of infectious organisms: bacteria, viruses and fungi.” The bacteria-fighting properties of tea tree oil are what I am counting on to help clear blemishes.
In addition to the tea tree oil, ground lavender blossoms are being used not only to compliment the scent of tea tree oil, but to act as a gentle exfoliant. It is the ground lavender which gives this soap its lovely shade of green. Lavender doesn’t usually stay purple when used in soap making.
*Please note: tea tree oil can irritate the skin of certain individuals – please use with care and patch-test your own skin with tea tree oil before making this soap and applying it to your face.
- 1 lb Stephenson Personal Care soap base – ORG M&P
- 1 teaspoon tea tree oil
- 1 tablespoon lavender buds, finely ground
The soap base I am using is Crystal ORG melt and pour from Stephenson Personal Care. This particular soap base is certified organic by the Soil Association of the UK as being made with 72.07% organic ingredients. It is made in the UK, and uses full Organic Oils.
Prepare your tea tree oil and lavender. Measure out 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil, ready to pour. Grind the lavender blossoms as finely as possible; I used a coffee grinder.
Before melting the soap base, I recommend cutting the blocks into cubes 1/2” – 1” in size it just makes it easier to melt. Place the soap base in a microwave safe bowl or dish. Microwave for 30 second intervals; stir well between each interval. A silicon spatula is great for stirring the soap base, since it is easy to clean.
As soon as the soap base is smoothly melted and free of lumps, remove it from the microwave. Pour in the tea tree oil and stir in the ground lavender. Stir well until the mixture is even.
Quickly pour the soap mixture into the soap molds while it is still hot. Allow the soap molds to sit for an hour at least, or until the soap has completely cooled and set.
Having trouble with bubbles on the surface of your soap? It is said that spritzing the still-warm soap in its mold with rubbing alcohol will get rid of those little air bubbles.
Remove from soap molds, and package in paper wrappings, plastic wrap or plastic baggies. These bars can also be cut into thin soap sticks, which are convenient for traveling.
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