The goal: create a cleanser for very sensitive and dry skin. This mixture has gorgeous ingredients that are not only appealing in color, they are all great for sensitive skin. Oats and rose are both gentle, skin-loving ingredients, pink and white clay are both ideal, cocoa butter is tolerated by all, and coconut oil is healing and soothing for very sensitive skin.
Let's get started!
Ingredients List for 2 bars of 100gr each
10 gr (0,3 oz) Kokum Butter (can be replaced with cocoa butter)*
40 gr (1,4 oz) Cocoa butter
50 gr (1,7 oz) Coconut Oil
45 ml (1,5 fl. oz) Castor Oil
40 ml (1,3 fl. oz) Almond Oil
15 gr (0,5 oz) pink clay
10 gr (0,3 oz) oats - ground as close to a powder as possible
40 gr (1,4 oz) white clay
10-12 dried rosebuds - (rosa gallica)
* The kokum butter in this mix is purely because I received a free sample and wanted to try it out. If you don't have kokum butter, feel free to replace it with cocoa butter.
Make a 'wax' paper envelope and crush the rosebuds with a rolling pin. For very sensitive skin, your roses will want to be more finely crushed and looking closer to powder than what you are seeing in these pics. I didn't go that hard at it because my skin isn't super sensitive and I wanted a teensy bit of exfoliating action.
(I placed a couple of rosebuds in this pic so you could see what they look like prior to pulverization).
TIP: if you prefer a super-smooth mixture that is free of rosebud-bits, do not crush the roses at all. Add them whole, let them infuse for an hour (or overnight), then strain them from the oil as you add it to the melted butters .
Meantime, add the pink clay to the remaining mixture and stir thoroughly. (The mixture morphs into a terra cotta color when you add the pink clay).
CLEANSING BAR STORAGE
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 in 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.
These bars are extremely soft at room temperature and should remain refrigerated until shortly before use. Cut/break off a teaspoon-sized section for a single application to face and neck.
For more info and a step by step tutorial, visit the Cleansing Bar FAQ and Tutorial Page
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