How To Make a Basic Cleansing Bar
You will need42 gr (1,5 oz) cocoa butter
30 ml (1 fl. oz) sweet almond oil
37 gr (1,3 oz) French green clay (see more about this clay in this post)
Essential oils of choice (optional)
Mold that holds 100gr (3,5 oz)
Step 1. MELTMelt the cocoa butter slowly over LOW heat. Be sure to remove it from the heat as soon as it is melted.
Step 2. ADD OILAdd the oil and stir. For this bar, I used my own juniper-infused oil (see the links below about infusing oil to learn more).
Step 3. ADD CLAYAdd clay and stir until the mixture is even.
Step 4. ADD EXTRASIf you want to add any essential oil, now is the time. For this bar, I added rosemary, juniper, and lavender to boost the cleansing action, complement the juniper-infused oil, and to give the bar a stimulating fresh scent.
Step 5. POURPour the mixture into a mold and let set (I usually let mine set in the fridge overnight, but a couple of hours is probably enough). Remove from the mold and voilá! Your bar is ready for use! (couldn't help sneaking a little French lingo in there – it's my little homage to the star cleansing ingredient: the fab French clay)
Tip: Because this is a preservative-free product, you'll also want to store it in conditions that don't encourage any bacteria growth. Please visit this earlier post for storage tips and instructions for use.
Coming UpI've become hooked on how these bars work and have been trying an assortment of different clays, oils and other extra skin-loving ingredients lately. Stay tuned for a mini-series of DIY cleansing bars in a range of colors and textures.
More Fun With Cleansing Bars and The Ingredients For Them- Learn how to make the French Clay Cleansing Bar here.
- Curious about doing your own infused oil? Find out how I made juniper infused oil here: (part one) (part two)
Visit the Cleansing Bar FAQ and Tutorial Page
Special Thanks ToLola: for cleansing bar inspiration (look what you started!)
Felecia: for great tips on infusing oil
Liis: for the fresh organic juniper berries that went into the infused oil
As for cleansing bars and kinky hair: You will have to try your way through the different recipes to see which suit you if you are thinking of using them mainly for hair. Some may be better than others.
The main way these work on skin is to attract dirt and oils from the skin. As for hair: I did actually try one of these on my (straight, fine) hair and was left with a greasy mop. Kinky hair needs far more moisture, so in that respect, these bars may do very well with kinky hair. They are however- not shampoo bars. You will have to consider them conditioning bars more than anything else.
I hope this was of some help. Otherwise - feel free to leave another comment.
I just discovered your blog and your beautiful recipes...what a bevy of information! I have a creamy balm cleanser (non soap) that I make and use on my dry, mature skin. I have never made a bar, but I am excited to try your basic bar as a first! I have two questions for you:
1. Can I use white/kaolin clay instead of French?
2. How many drops of essential oils do you recommend per bar?
Thank you so much for creating such beautiful formulations. Looking forward to discovering other treasures on your blog!