How to Make a Cornflower and Clay Cleansing Bar
This bar is VERY soft, so you will definitely want to store it in the fridge. On the other hand, it goes on like a dream, cleanses and moisturizes beautifully, and looks good enough to eat – even while it's on your face.
Here's how I made this bar of 100gr (approx 3,5 oz)
Ingredients list37 gr (1,3 oz) clay (white, purple or both)
22 gr (0,8 oz) cocoa butter
20 gr (0,7 oz) coconut butter
20 ml (0,6 fl oz) castor oil
20 ml (0,6 fl oz) almond oil
'small handful' dried cornflowers
lavender essential oil (optional)
Step 1: crush the cornflowers.
Not crazy about cornflower? No worries. You can substitute with
Not crazy about the exfoliating action?
Then leave all manner of exfoliants out. This bar will still cleanse and moisturize your face and neck beautifully.
Shall we continue?
Step 2: Melt fatsMelt the cocoa butter over LOW heat. You only want just enough heat to melt the butter. Cocoa butter has the highest melting point, so as soon as it is melted, remove it from the heat and add the coconut butter. It will be the right temperature to melt the coconut butter without risk of overheating. Add the oils and stir.
Step 3: Add ClaysAdd your clay (or clays). I mixed white with the purple clay just for fun (ok, in reality it was because I didn't have enough of the purple stuff).
Add essential oil now if you so choose. For this bar I added 10 drops of lavender oil.
Step 4: Pour UpPour the mixture into a mold and let set overnight in the refrigerator. I sprinkled a bit of the leftover cornflower on top – just for decorative purposes.
To use: moisten face and hands. Soften the bar between hands and apply to face and neck, massaging gently. Rinse thoroughly and finish with skin tonic.
Tip: If you do use purple clay (or another brightly colored clay), you may need an extra application of skin tonic to remove all traces of color.
Where to Buy Violet ClayI bought the violet clay from Aroma Zone. The site is in French, but if you use Google translate, it's pretty easy to find your way around the products and the ordering process.
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