Red argile clay rose facial soap
This is a soap that has a lot of success between my friends and colleagues. It is supposed to be good for face cleansing, because it contains red clay (argile), which is a recommended for cleansing of sensitive skin.
I am not saying that facial soap should contain red argile. Honestly, I am not even sure what is the official definition of a “facial soap” .
I believe such a soap should be gentle, therefore:
- have the lowest ph possible (low alkalinity)
- contain too much of oils giving a too highly cleansing soap (such as coconut or palm kernel oil)
- could profit from higher e.g. 10% superfat
Then, it depends on what type of skin we have:
- Acne-prone or oily skin can benefit from tea-tree oil and charcoal, or green clay
- Sensitive skin might benefit from purely olive oil soap without any addition of essential oils. Adding red or pink clay can help cleansing without stripping of the sebum.
- Normal skin – can use any sensitive skin soap
I have personally a very good experience with soaps made of a high percentage of shea butter.
This is supposed to be normal-sensitive skin soap. Without any further comments, here is the recipe:
300g olive oil
300g coconut oil
200g palm oil
200g peanut oil
380g Distilled water
At trace – should be thick, so that the argile does not settle
30g red argile clay mixed with 5 TBSP of oils from the recipe
15 ml EO Geranium
15 ml EO rosewood
Temperature of oils when mixing: 42°C
Temperature of lye solution at mixing: 55°C
Mold type: Silicone for baking, rose form
Let cure for 4 weeks – the longer, the better, the soap gets milder with time!
And what is your definition of a facial soap? Do you have a favorite recipe?