Using The French Clay Cleansing Bar
Because this is a preservative-free product, it's highly recommended to keep the bar dry. Slicing off 'per-application' sized pieces allows you to have a few days supply handy while keeping the product dry and happy.
For one application to face and neck you will need approx half a teaspoon. Moisten the face and neck. Soften the cleansing bar by rubbing it between your palms, then apply and gently massage your face and neck in upward strokes. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Because this product is a simple mix of clay and fats, it both cleanses and moisturizes. If you have a tendency to drier skin in the winter months or your skin normally feels 'taut' after cleansing, this could very quickly become your fave cleanser. I've been in love with it for my evening cleanse and will definitely be making another bar when this one is finished.
Using the Bar as a Hair Cleanser
Lola swears by these bars as the perfect shampoo for coily-kinky-curly hair.
Rub bar between hands and apply, massaging the product from hands along hair and scalp. Rinse thoroughly.
The result of how this worked is pictured below. My husband asked me if I had applied 'old-fashioned pomade' (I believe this is the equivalent of the American product Brylcreem). I did actually did look like I belonged at a grease-fest (but note the healthy glow of the forehead – very moisturized!). I left my hair this way all day, just to see how it felt about the whole situation and if it planned on doing anything dramatic. No change. It felt just like it looks in the picture – all day. When I finally broke down and shampooed it (about 10 hours later), both scalp and hair looked and felt absolutely fabulous.
Conclusion: This is too fatty for my hair as a stand-alone cleansing product, but great for use as a hair-and-scalp conditioning mask.
Have you made yourself a cleansing bar yet? It's easy peasy! Find the recipe right here, and then promise to share how you use it and what you think!