Rose Clay & Oatmeal Cleansing Bar For Sensitive Skin

A question from a loving and concerned mom prompted this recipe, and if I counted the days correctly, this is going live on her daughters birthday (happy birthday, sweetie!).

The goal: create a cleanser for very sensitive and dry skin. This mixture has gorgeous ingredients that are not only appealing in color, they are all great for sensitive skin. Oats and rose are both gentle, skin-loving ingredients, pink and white clay are both ideal, cocoa butter is tolerated by all, and coconut oil is healing and soothing for very sensitive skin.

Let's get started!

Ingredients List for 2 bars of 100gr each

10 gr (0,3 oz) Kokum Butter (can be replaced with cocoa butter)*
40 gr (1,4 oz) Cocoa butter
50 gr (1,7 oz) Coconut Oil
45 ml (1,5 fl. oz) Castor Oil
40 ml (1,3 fl. oz) Almond Oil
15 gr (0,5 oz) pink clay
10 gr (0,3 oz) oats - ground as close to a powder as possible
40 gr (1,4 oz) white clay
10-12 dried rosebuds - (rosa gallica)

* The kokum butter in this mix is purely because I received a free sample and wanted to try it out. If you don't have kokum butter, feel free to replace it with cocoa butter.

Crush the roses

Make a 'wax' paper envelope and crush the rosebuds with a rolling pin. For very sensitive skin, your roses will want to be more finely crushed and looking closer to powder than what you are seeing in these pics. I didn't go that hard at it because my skin isn't super sensitive and I wanted a teensy bit of exfoliating action.

Measure out the oil and add the roses. Gently heat the mixture for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The roses will infuse the oil. Do not overheat! You should be able to handle the container with bare hands.
(I placed a couple of rosebuds in this pic so you could see what they look like prior to pulverization).

Melt the cocoa butter and kokum butter slowly over low heat. Remove and immediately add the coconut oil. Stir until everything is melted.

Add the infused oil to the melted butters and stir thoroughly.

TIP: if you prefer a super-smooth mixture that is free of rosebud-bits, do not crush the roses at all. Add them whole, let them infuse for an hour (or overnight), then strain them from the oil as you add it to the melted butters .

Add the white clay and stir thoroughly. Add the oats and stir thoroughly. Pour half of the amount into your mold. Chill for a few minutes.

Meantime, add the pink clay to the remaining mixture and stir thoroughly. (The mixture morphs into a terra cotta color when you add the pink clay).

When the first layer has begun to set, pour on the second layer. Chill until set (overnight or several hours).

Unmold, wrap and store immediately as described below.




Wrap in paper towel, place in an airtight bag or container and store in the refrigerator until use.
There are 2 reasons for this:
1. There are no preservatives in 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.

Important Note About the Texture

These bars are extremely soft at room temperature and should remain refrigerated until shortly before use. Cut/break off a teaspoon-sized section for a single application to face and neck.

For more info and a step by step tutorial, visit the Cleansing Bar FAQ and Tutorial Page

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Kerli said…
What a lovely christmas present!
I think I have to try it out. : )
LisaLise said…
Hi Kerli,
If you want to package this and give it as a present, be aware that it goes VERY soft at room temp. Just a heads up so your lovely work doesn't melt before it is opened.

Alex said…
these look gorgeous! where did u get the adorable love mold??
Alex said…
these look gorgeous!!

where did u get the adorable love and flower mold from?

LisaLise said…
Hi Alex, thanks for your kind words. Check under the links on the right column for Aroma Zone. This is a perfect mold for single portion pieces, but they also have loads of other fun molds. The site is in French so you may want to go through Google translate.
Alex said…
awesome i'll definitely check them out! thanks so much!
LisaLise said…
My pleasure Alex, Have fun with it, and please feel free to drop a comment and let me know how it goes
anna said…

I have been following you for a while and I love your work; both the skin-care, research and curiosity. We are actually colleagues; I started early 90's in Sweden and now live in Luxembourg where I work with natural skincare.
Would love to connect to you somehow.
This is my blog:
LisaLise said…
Hi Anna. I just checked out your blog. Thank you so much for your kind words!! We def need to talk shop! Please feel free to send me a mail (my email is on the sidebar). I would love to compare notes with you. Have you worked with hydrosols?? Look forward to hearing from you :)
Bambú said…
I' m totally amazed with these bars. I am planning to doy muy own version as well, and I will add some emulsifying wax! Then I'll show it to you!
Tan you very much for your useful advices!
LisaLise said…
Hey there Bambú - thanks for your comment. Your idea of using emulsifying wax sounds interesting. Do please check back and let me know how it turns out.
Bambú said…
Hi Lise! Thanks you very much for your quick response. It is done. I have recorded a video and some made photographs, I'm going to edit it and I will send you the link next week when i publish both the video and the wordpress post. Do you understand spanish? If don't I can translate it to English and put subtitles in the video
LisaLise said…
Hi Bambú - that's cool! I do have a rudimentary understanding of Spanish, so maybe I'll be able to get most of it. It does sound like a great idea to do subtitles though-- opens up your audience! I look forward to getting a link!
Unknown said…
Hi Lise, something didn't go well with my batch. It took several days to set, and during that time oil got separated, floating on the top (was clear at the beginning), now the oil layer became white solid top layer and the rest below. I think I might have was almost inevitable when I had to simmer for 10 minutes for rose petal to infuse the oil. Maybe I needed to take the pot off the heat from time to time, even it was on the lowest. Do you think that's why it turned out this way? And, now can I still use this bar? Maybe take a bit of white oil layer and the below, and mix the two and use it together?? Or, should I discard the oil layer, or discard the whole thing and start again? Sorry about the mess.... could you please advise... thank you. :)
LisaLise said…
Hey there Grace Lee - I am pretty sure you are correct about heating too high and too long. It worries me a bit that the oil SIMMERED for 10 minutes. This is definitely too hot. If you want to infuse oil, try a slow low heat in a VERY LOW HEAT crockpot or oven. The heat should not exceed 40-45 degrees celcius. If I were you, I think I would scratch the entire batch and start over. I hope your second attempt turns out perfect!