True Natural Beauty comes from within...

True Natural Beauty comes from within...
Welcome, to my natural bath / beauty and clean eating blog, where nature is our pantry....take a few quiet moments to enjoy free recipes and tutorials using natural ingredients. Have questions about recipes or where to find these ingredients? Put your question in the comment box and I will be happy to answer .............Anna

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Gentle Facial Soap bar with Rosemary, Lavender and Bentonite clay

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.



Gloria's Tea Cuppe said...

wow anna that's sounds amazing...... it made we al,ost die. The infusion of the rosemary awesome. The combination is genius. Can wait to try that.

Kirppu said...

What a wonderful facial bar! Can you really smell the infused rosemary?

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Hi Kirppu....when I smelled the infused oil I definitely smelled rosemary, after the cook I added the lavender eo, which to me is strong. What I detected was a mellowing of the lavender, so the two of them melded together, the rosemary gentled the lavender. Really interesting.

Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Gloria, thank you! I was actually surprised myself how well the combination turned out. I like the rosemary in the oil, rather than using rosemary essential oil. It seemed to gentle the lavender.

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Anna your newest soap sounds wonderful, I'd love to try it =)

Would you like to do a soap swap sometime?

Have a great day,


Anna from Natures Home Spa said...

Hi Jan, that is so funny you mentioned a swap because I was thinking the same thing about your Arizona Sunshine soap ! I would love to swap, let me know if you have one you can spare and I'll set aside a Rosemary Lavender for you! Fun!

Unknown said...

Hi Anna,

Do you have a basic recipe that you follow for the quantities of the ingredients? I am fairly new to soap making, but have had great success so far. I would like to try a facial bar and I love the ingredient mixture that you have here. Thank you!

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