This plain looking container is holding my latest soap-free cleanser – still under development, but really really close to being ready.
The idea for this product came to me from one of my cleansing bars.
I was inspired by one of my own ideas.
To be quite honest, I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing...
Let's not dwell.
Back to the Cleanser
After using (and loving) clay cleansing bars for well over a year, I decided to try and create a 'jar version' – one that was soft, but not so soft that the solids would settle on the bottom. It also had to be able to survive 'normal use' (read: no refrigeration etc etc).
What's in it
This version has a mix of butters, oils, clay, oats, and essential oils. Because this product needs to survive 'normal' use, a preservative is also added.
How it Works
This oatmeal/clay combo cleanses beautifully and gives the same feel and result as a soap free cleansing bar - but it's easier and a bit handier to use.
Batch 3 Ongoing
Here is the jar I am using at the moment. The oats and clay remain evenly distributed, the texture is rich and creamy, and even after serious misuse, it just behaves like a champ.
Serious Misuse - in Detail
When developing new products, I will purposefully do 'all the things one isn't supposed to do'. This is to test how both packaging and product will hold up under everyday, normal use.
For example, I will do things like:
- dip fingers directly into the mixture
- drip water into the jar
- dip wet, drippy, and dirty fingers into the mixture
- drop the jar repeatedly
- juggle and toss the jar around
- leave the jar open over a period of time (usually 3-4 days)
- leave the jar in a hot, sunny window sill for a period of time
If the product and packaging hold up under this kind of treatment, I will start inviting my regular testers to give the product a whirl.
At this point, I usually also have an idea of what to name the product.
Except this time I don't seem to have a clue.
(This from the person who just admitted to being inspired by herself. Go figure)
Even though the idea originated from cleansing bars, calling it Bar-in-a-Jar just doesn't seem fitting for this product...
Creamy Oatmeal Cleanser?
Soap-Free Oat Cream Cleanser?
No-Soap Oat & Clay Cleanser?
What do you think?
Visit the How-to page for an overview of the DIY cleansing bars on this blog