I've been working on an all natural facial soap bar for my teens.
I don't like commercial soap with it's fillers, and harsh chemicals and absence of natural glycerin.
My family needs a good gentle cleansing, moisturizing soap that will not dry out
or irritate their already irritated skin.
Rosemary Lavender Facial Bar
First I followed David Fisher's advice on how to infuse rosemary in olive oil right in your crock pot.
It worked like a charm.
Fresh Arizona grown rosemary
Rosemary infusing in my crock pot
Olive oil infused with rosemary, lovely green coloring
Additives to this soap:
Rosemary is a natural astringent and antioxidant. It is an effective cleanser and detoxifier.
Olive oil naturally has high levels of antioxidants including vitamins A and E. Helps to renew and repair skin damage from free radicals. Naturally hypoallergenic. Nourishes and moisturizes skin.
Bentonite Clay is a powerful skin restorative formed from volcanic activity, in other words volcanic ash, and full of minerals necessary for healthy skin. It is known as a healing clay. Great for detoxing skin, good for oily skin but does not dry it out. Good for all skin types as well. Makes a really creamy bar of soap. Smooth.
Lavender essential oil is such a soothing, gentle essential oil that packs a punch. Meaning, it is highly effective. It will help clear the redness in the skin and as an antibacterial will act as a preventive to acne.
And it smells awesome! Blended with this infused rosemary it is a really lovely scent.
I also added castor oil to this recipe as it is a natural humectant and increases lather, creamy too.
Coconut oil for its super cleansing properties and lends hardness to the bar, antibacterial and antioxidant properties as well. A natural moisturizer. When absorbed into your skin, your skin becomes softer, smoother. Soothing to dry, irritated red skin. I love coconut oil.
Great latherer as you can see. Creamy, smooth bar. Scent is pleasing, not overpowering as some lavenders can be. Leaves your skin with a cool feeling. Very nice.