How To Make a Rose & White Clay Cleansing Bar
This recipe is enough for 1 bar of 100gr (3,5 oz).
You will need22 gr (0,8 oz) cocoa butter
20 gr (0,7 oz) shea butter
40 ml (1,3 fl oz) sweet almond oil
37 gr (1,3 oz) white clay
9-10 dried rosebuds
Rose essential oil (optional, but truly fabulous)
Step 1: Crush the budsI wrapped these in baking/food 'wax' paper, folded the edges to make an enclosure and whacked them gently with a rolling pin. I realize it sounds like an oxymoron to whack something gently, but it's actually do-able. You're not looking to pulverize the buds, but to create a varied texture.
Step 2: Melt Cocoa ButterOver low heat, melt the cocoa butter slowly (don't be tempted to add the shea yet or you risk an unattractive grainy texture).
After adding the oil and shea, stir until the shea is completely melted (be patient and don't reheat the mixture and you shall be rewarded with perfect texture).
Step 3: Add oil and shea
Step 4: Add clay and crushed rosesStir until you have an even mixture. If you want to add essential oil, now is the time. If you're using 'the good stuff' (rose absolute), 2 drops is plenty for 1 bar.
Step 5: Pour into moldLet set overnight. (If you decide to let this set in the fridge, be aware that the fats and oils will absorb odors, so if you don't want a cheesy-scented bar (or rose-tasting cheese), be sure everything in your fridge is packaged properly.
Tips for storage and useStorage Tip: Because this is a preservative-free product, it should be kept dry when not in use. I store my cleansing bars in the fridge, individually wrapped in a piece of paper towel inside a zip-locking plastic bag.
Usage Tip: Slice off a strip and section it into single-portion-sized squares. Keeping a weeks worth of squares at the ready won't compromise the product and will look pretty on the bathroom shelf in a decorative container.
Why White Doesn't Look WhiteThe less-than-white color of this bar is not due to a faulty camera. White clay is not pure white, but has a greyish tinge. Combining it with cocoa butter results in this natural color.
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Jeg er helt sikker på at vintertør hud vil nyde dette. Hvis dit hud er super sensitive, skal du nok sørge for at knus roserne rigtig godt så de bliver til støv. Du kunne evt udelade dem helt (eksfolieringen er ikke nødvendigt). Resten af ingredienserne er som skabt til super-følsom hud- go for it!
There are a couple of possibilities as to why the bars came out too soft
1. the cocoa butter was heated above 35 degrees celcius before being removed from heat (this changes the structure of the cocoa butter and results in a butter that will not stiffen up)
2. The proportions of oil to cocoa butter were not exact
I'm guessing the heating thing is most likely. It is very important that you heat VERY slowly and over low heat - stirring and 'babysitting' the butter until just before it is melted. I don't know how many times I have let impatience get the better of me and tried to speed up the process. I got the same 'soft butter' result every time.
The little dots on top: not quite sure if you mean dots of oily liquid on the very top? Or a mottled look? If there are dots of liquid on the very top it would most likely be some kind of condense (water). If it is a mottled look, it could be due to not stirring enough before pouring into the mold.
Please let me know if any of this has helped. Drop another comment of you have additional questions and I'll do my best to help you.