The sensitive skin of our face can need some extra attention in the summer months. Increased sun exposure, new SPF products, and the sweat and grime from time spent outdoors can leave us with breakouts, skin redness, and a lot of discomfort. A gentle, soothing facial cleanser can help to keep our skin calm and happy through the heatwave. Aloe Vera Oil and Collodial Oatmeal offer relief for the inflammation and irritation that can from seasonal changes. Tea Tree and Lavender essential oils work to calm the skin while also balancing oil production and preventing breakouts. This recipe is formulated to be gentle enough to use on our face and suitable for all skin types.
- 3.3 oz of Aloe Vera Oil
- 7.7 oz of Olive Oil
- 4.4 oz of Palm Oil
- 4.4 oz of Coconut Oil
- 2.2 oz of Jojoba Oil
- 2.9 oz of Sodium Hydroxide Lye
- 6.5 oz of Distilled Water
- 2 tbsp of Collodial Oatmeal
- 0.5 oz of Tea Tree Essential Oil
- 0.5 oz of Lavender Essential Oil
- Heat Safe Individual Soap Molds
- Immersion blender
- Digital kitchen scale
- Small bowl for essential oils
- Medium glass bowl for lye mixture
- Large glass or stainless steel bowl for oil
- Pot or double boiler
- Spoon or rubber spatula
- Safety glasses or goggles
***Make sure to wear safety glasses or goggles, gloves, and long sleeve clothing. Working with lye and high temperatures requires caution and safe practices. Always make soap in a well-ventilated area.
- Measure and combine the essential oils and set them aside.
- Weigh each oil and add them to a large bowl. Place the bowl on top of a large pot that is about 1/3 full of water and bring the water to a boil. Heat the oil until fully melted, stirring occasionally.
- While the oil is melting, weigh out the lye and water in two separate bowls. Slowly add the lye to the water while gently stirring until the lye is fully dissolved and the liquid is clear.
- Let the oils and lye mixture both cool to 130 degrees or below, ensuring that they are within 10 degrees of each other.
- Place the immersion blender into the oil, tapping it on the bottom of the bowl to release any air bubbles. This is a safety precaution that prevents the bubbles from coming to the surface when you begin mixing in the lye. Add colloidal oatmeal and blend until no clumps are seen.
- Slowly and gently pour the lye water into the oil mixture. You can pour down the side of the bowl or down the shaft of the immersion blender to reduce the chance of splashing.
- Pulse the blender a few times, watching as the oils and lye start to combine. Switch between short pulses and stirring with the blender until the mixture comes together to a very light trace.
- Working quickly, stir (do not blend) in the essential oil blend.
- Once the soap reaches about a medium trace, pour it into the mold or molds, scraping the bowl to ensure no soap is left behind. Tap the molds on the table or counter to release any trapped air bubbles.
- Allow the soap to sit in the molds for 48-72 hours at room temperature. Unmold the soap and allow it to cure for 4-6 weeks.
- Use and enjoy your facial cleansing bar.