If you've been reading this blog for a while, you may remember 2012 as a 'year of cleansing bars'. After developing my first one and experiencing how much my skin loved it, I continued making them. Before long, there was a collection of 18 different bars.
Bare Basic Soap-Free CleansingThe main ingredients of my cleansing bars are clays, butters, and oils. It's a real minimalist, back-to-basics approach to cleansing and moisturising the face and neck gently and effectively. The biggest bonus is that these ingredients work well for all skin types – normal, dry, mature – even oily and sensitive skin.
And now, I've now taken the main components and created a formula that puts a bar into a jar.
Because of LazinessAs much as I love how the bars work, I began to tire of the storage and maintenance process after a while. Cleansing bars in several different varieties started taking up a larger portion of the (food) refrigerator as testing 4-6 different bars simultaneously became the norm. And because they were all wrapped the same (in paper towel, then plastic), it was almost always necessary to go through several packages before the desired bar was located.
Go ahead and say it: "Why didn't you just label the packages, Lise?"
Did I mention I was lazy?
Also, retrieving a portion from the refrigerator directly before use meant having to work the product a bit longer to soften it enough for comfortable application.
The luxury beast in me finally took over.
Having perfect texture at hand in the bathroom – ready to go – became enough of a priority for me to rework my formula to a softer version – like this:
Don't be fooled by the little spatula – that's just for illustrative purposes.
You can happily dip wet fingers right into the mixture and have at it without a care in the world – because contrary to the cleansing bars, this little number comes complete with preservatives. No refrigeration necessary.
I've done several different versions and tested them all over the past months.
Love. Every. One.
Bar in a JarMy present fave is cocoa butter with red clay and ground oatmeal. Samples have been passed to my regular testers for feedback. So far, it's all thumbs up.
A long overdue addition to my website is underway where I plan to introduce this and a few additional products before too terribly long.
Try the DIYIf you're curious to experience how clay and butters can cleanse and moisturise your skin, find links to all 18 of my cleansing bar recipes (along with tips on storage and use) on the how to page.
And – if you visit the Cleansing Bar Catalog page, there are even more recipes – all kindly shared by others who did their own fabulous versions.