Chamomile Cleansing Bar With Easy Layers
'I love the layered look of these cleansing bars but can't be bothered splitting up the mixture into 2-containers. Isn't there an easier way?'
Yes, there is!
Here's a sensitive-skin-friendly cleansing bar that offers super gentle exfoliation, moisturizing, careful cleansing, AND easy peasy layers. Prepare for supreme skin pampering!
Ingredients List22 gr ( 0,8 oz) cocoa butter
10 gr ( 0,35 oz) mango butter
10 gr ( 0,35 oz) coconut butter (yes, this is coconut oil. I'm quirky and call it butter when it's solid)
20 ml ( 0,7 fl oz) castor oil (this is approx 19 grams by weight)
20 ml ( 0,7 fl oz) almond oil (this is approx 19 grams by weight)
30 gr ( 1 oz) white clay
7 gr ( 0,2 oz) yellow clay
2 teabags chamomile tea
Let's rock and roll!
Unmold. Cut into application-sized squares. Store.
StoringWrap in paper towel, place in an airtight bag or container and store in the refrigerator until use. There are 2 reasons for storing like this:
1. There are no preservatives these bars, which is fine in anhydrous (water-free) products if they stay completely dry until use. The paper towel helps keep the product dry.
2. The airtight container helps keep the product fresh and free of refrigerator smells.
About the TextureThese bars will become soft-ish at room temperature – which they should be when applied. The bar should mash easily with a finger and have the consistency of chocolate that is going soft but still holds its shape.
I usually have enough portions for a few days in a small container in the bathroom so I always have a selection to choose from that is ready for use.
Method of UseFor one application to face and neck you will need approx half a teaspoon of product (I use a little under a teaspoon of product for 1 application to face and neck).
Wet your face and neck thoroughly (don't be afraid to splash on the water – it helps activate the clay)
Soften the bar between your hands. Apply to your face and neck, keeping the area around the eyes free. Wet your hands again and gently massage the face and neck area. This will function as a moisturizing mask if you leave the mixture on for about 5-10 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Finish with an alcohol-free skin tonic (A spritz of hydrosol is ideal). You may find your skin is so deliciously smooth that you don't need to apply a moisturizer. A light layer of face oil is usually enough for me.
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Im wondering if this will actually cleanse the skin, since it is basically an anhydrous lotion bar with added clay, or will it only leave a layer of moisture over the skin? I'm curious to try it but have acne prone skin and don't think Id ever put Shea on my face. Have you personally tried it?
They cleanse in much the same way the oil cleansing method works. The fats and oils attract dirt. The addition of clay - in connection with the water you apply to your face prior to the bar – helps draw out impurities.
They do indeed cleanse the skin. I use them on a daily basis and have done so for about a year now. My (mature) skin thrives from using them and several of my young clients use these and have all reported back with positive results. We're talking about skin types ranging from dry to oily to combination, and one lady with acne-prone skin. I haven't yet heard from anyone who didn't have a good experience with them. That can of course mean the unsatisfied folks just aren't getting back to me, but after all this time, I'm fairly certain I would have heard a comment or 2 about it.
It is important to give yourself proper time when using these bars. Take the extra minute to gently massage your face before rinsing thoroughly.
If you are worried about using coconut oil, you can easily replace it with shea butter. Also, if you want to add an acne-fighting ingredient, try adding about 10 drops of tea tree essential oil and 10 drops lavender essential oil to the mixture just before pouring it into the mold (read: when the mixture is at its coolest). Don't use more than 24 drops for a single portion.
I'd love to hear back from you if you decide to give this a try!
Thank you for your recipe!!