Thursday, January 3, 2013

Red Clay and Rooibos Cleanser

Happy New Year!  If your New Years Resolution was to start making your own skin cleansers, then maybe this little red clay and rooibos number is a good place to start. Red clay is great for tired, distressed skin (and who couldn't use a pick-me-up in the dead of winter?). Rooibos adds lovely specs of red while offering antioxidant properties (there is an upcoming post on the benefits of rooibos in the making).

Meantime, let's make some skin-loving cleansing and moisturizing magic!


List of Ingredients for a 100gr bar or 1 tray of 'guest soap' sized portions
20 gr (0,7 oz) cocoa butter
20 gr (0,7 oz) shea butter
20 ml (0,6 fl. oz) castor oil
20 ml (0,6 fl. oz) almond oil
30 gr (1 oz) red clay
7 gr (0,2 oz) white clay
3.6 gr (2 bags) rooibos tea


Melt the cocoa butter over LOW heat with oils and tea. Do not add shea yet. Remove from heat just before the cocoa butter is melted and stir.

If your shea is in large lumps, divide it into smaller bits before adding to the melted mixture.

Add the shea and stir until melted.

If you want to do a 2-color effect, pour about a fourth of the mixture into a small container. Add the white clay and stir.

Pour a dollop into each mold. Chill until set (this takes only minutes). Meantime...

... add the red clay to the remaining mixture and stir thoroughly.

Pour into mold. Chill until set.

Tip: If you don't want to do the 2-colored thing, you can easily just mix all ingredients together and pour into a mold.

Unmold and enjoy!

CLEANSING BAR TIPS

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 a step by step tutorial and FAQ's, please visit this page


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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).

6 comments:

Anna-Vera said...

They look good enough to drink-I-mean eat!! :) Yum!
Happy New Year
:)

Shawnystheone said...

Very nice!

Lise M Andersen said...

Thanks Shawny and Anna-Vera! Happy new year to both of you :)

Jana said...

hi:) few months ago I tried making one of your cleansing bars and I was so amazed by it that I borrowed your recipe and shared it on my blog. I hope that's ok :) unfortunately is in slovene but you can still check it out :)

http://smallbitsofloveliness.blogspot.com/

Lise M Andersen said...

Hi Jana! I m honored that you blogged about my cleansing bars and am on my way to check out your blog. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Jana said...

You're too nice :) looking forward to see new posts :)