Sunday, November 18, 2012

Lavender Cleansing Bar With Easy Layers

By popular demand, I've made another easy layer recipe for you. We're catering to normal to sensitive skin and adding a bit of lavender love to the mix. If you're new to these cleansing bars, prepare for a skin-loving experience. These soap-free cleansers do double duty as moisturizers and are made with all-natural ingredients.

Are you ready to get started?


Ingredients List
22 gr ( 0,8 oz) cocoa butter
10 gr ( 0,35 oz) mango butter
10 gr ( 0,35 oz) shea butter
20 ml ( 0,7 fl. oz) castor oil
20 ml ( 0,7 fl. oz) almond oil
30 gr ( 1 oz) white clay
7 gr ( 0,2 oz) purple clay (links below)
1,5 gr (a tablespoon) dried lavender

Measure out the lavender.

Add the oils to the lavender.

Melt the cocoa butter slowly over LOW heat. Remove from heat shortly before it has melted completely.

Add the shea and infused oils. Stir until the shea is melted.

Add the white clay and stir thoroughly. Pour a thin layer of the mixture into the mold and chill for a few minutes until til mixture begins to set. Meantime...

Add the purple clay to the remaining mixture and stir thoroughly.

Pour into mold. Chill until set.

Unmold and enjoy.

Please visit the HOW TO page for more cleansing bar fun.


CLEANSING BAR TIPS AND TRICKS

Storing
Wrap in paper towel, place in an airtight bag or container and store in the refrigerator until use.
There are 2 reasons for this:
1. There are no preservatives these bars, which is fine in anhydrous (water-free) products if they stay completely dry until use. The paper towel helps keep the product dry.
2. The airtight container helps keep the product fresh and free of refrigerator smells.

About the Texture
These bars will become 'soft-ish' at room temperature – which they should be when applied. The bar should mash easily with a finger and have the consistency of chocolate that is going soft but still holds its shape.

For one application to face and neck you will need approx half a teaspoon of product. Section off enough portions for a few days use and keep them in a small container in the bathroom. This way you will always have ready-for-use portions at hand.

Method of Use
Wet your face and neck thoroughly (don't be afraid to splash on the water – it helps activate the clay)

Soften the bar between your hands. Apply to your face and neck, keeping the area around the eyes free. Wet your hands again and gently massage the face and neck area. This will function as a moisturizing mask if you leave the mixture on for about 5-10 minutes.

Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

Finish with an alcohol-free skin tonic (A spritz of hydrosol is ideal). You may find your skin is so deliciously smooth that you don't need to apply a moisturizer.

Custom Cleansers - Just For You
If you would like to order a custom made cleansing bar, feel free to drop me a note (my contact info is on the sidebar on the right).

Visit the Cleansing Bar FAQ and Tutorial Page

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi :)
These seem to be just the thing I have been looking to make - but just one question - what exactly are the cleansing properties of these bars?

Lise M Andersen said...

Hey there Anonymous, Thanks for your question.
The fats, oils, and clays in these bars attract dirt and impurities. When you apply and then gently massage the skin, the dirt and impurities are loosened. They are then removed when you rinse off/remove the product. They cleanse gently and effectively and are great for all skin types.

I am in the process of putting together a FAQ about these bars that will be posted here within a few days... do check back! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks sounds great :)

I must admit that I use more than I should of everything because I am kind of a lather baby lol so I was wondering too how well the products lather or if they really lather at all not having any actual surfactants as such?

Lise M Andersen said...

No surfactants at all. If you are looking for lather, you will be disappointed I'm afraid. It really is a bit of a shift to use this kind of cleanser. Still, these bars are not overly pricey to make, so the experiment might be worth it. I'd love to hear your feedback if you decide to give these a go. ;)