I ran out of my usual store-bought face wash and instead of buying more, I decided to try making a facial soap. First, let me say that my skin is super fussy when it comes to facial cleansers; when I find something that works, I tend to stick with it for a long while. So, I haven’t really been too keen to try making a facial soap before now, but I’m willing to step out on a limb and try something new.
I decided to hot process this facial soap, for a couple of reasons. First, because I needed it to be ready quicker than the usual 4-6 week cure time (I still like to let my HP bars sit a minimum of 2 weeks). Secondly, I wanted to use essential oils and I prefer to use EOs in hot process soaps because I don’t need to use as much of them, and also because I was thinking that the properties of the essential oils might come through better if they were added after saponification. Here it is straight out of the mold:
I opted to keep my ingredients very simple and gentle, using only olive oil and kaolin clay. I was looking for a more foamy and creamy lather rather than big bubbles, as I prefer a more lotion-y coverage while washing my face. I used oat milk and aloe vera juice for the liquid. I also added chamomile extract, tea tree (astringent), lavender (soothing) and peppermint (refreshing) essential oils:
I’ve only been using this facial soap for a week now, but so far I love it! Usually after washing my face, my skin feels dry and tight, and I need to apply moisturizer right away. I didn’t notice any dryness or tightness at all after using this soap, which was a pleasant surprise.
There are so many great ingredients you could add for a facial soap, I had a really hard time forcing myself to keep it simple. Next time I might try infusing the oo with chamomile or calendula, or subbing some of the oat milk for yogurt, or trying a different e.o. blend...
Do you make facial bars, and what are your favorite facial soap ingredients?