Fresh Start Rejuvenating Facial Soap
As the end of the year nears, our minds can be filled with thoughts of the changes we plan to make and goals we hope to reach in the new year. Taking better care of our skin and restoring a smooth and healthy complexion may be at the top of the list for some of us. This rejuvenating soap may help us wash away the effects of the last twelve months and give our skin a fresh start. A 10% superfat and the addition of sweet almond oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter give this soap a boost of nourishing and moisturizing properties, helping it to leave skin cleansed yet hydrated. Lavender, geranium, frankincense, and cedarwood essential oils come together to soothe dryness and irritation while helping to support skin cell regeneration and diminish fine lines and other signs of aging.
- 3lb Silicone Loaf Mold
- 11 oz of Olive Oil
- 10 oz of Coconut Oil
- 5 oz of Castor Oil
- 4 oz of Sweet Almond Oil
- 4 oz of Cocoa Butter Wafers
- 1 oz of Unrefined Shea Butter
- 10.5 oz of Distilled Water
- 4.5 oz of Sodium Hydroxide Lye
- 0.5 oz of Lavender Essential Oil
- 0.5 oz of Geranium Essential Oil
- 0.5 oz of Frankincense Essential Oil
- 0.5 oz of Cedarwood Essential Oil
- Weigh and combine the essential oils, then set them aside.
- Weigh the base oils and combine them in a large bowl. Place the bowl on top of a large pot about ⅓ full of water. Bring the water to a boil. Heat the oils until thoroughly melted and blended, stirring occasionally.
- While the oils are 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 around 110 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring that they are within 10 degrees of each other.
- Place the immersion blender into the oils, tapping it on the bottom of the bowl to release any air bubbles.
- Slowly and gently pour the lye water into the oil mixture. Pouring down the side of the bowl or down the shaft of the immersion blender can reduce the chance of splashing.
- Pulse the blender a few times, watching the oils and lye combine. Switch between short pulses and stirring with the blender until the mixture comes together to a very light trace.
- Working quickly, add the essential oil blend and whisk to combine. Do not use the immersion blender for this step.
- Once the soap reaches about a medium trace, pour it into the mold, scraping the bowl to ensure no soap is left behind. Tap the molds on your table or counter to release any trapped air bubbles.
- Cover the mold and allow the soap to sit in the mold for 48-72 hours at room temperature. Unmold soap, cut into bars, and allow to cure for 4-6 weeks.