At Bulk Apothecary, we LOVE creating soaps (well, we love creating lots of wonderful homemade products!). All kinds of soaps. With a variety of bases, oils, additive, and fragrances- your options are pretty much endless. It’s so fun to experiment, mix and match, and often accidentally come up with something amazing without even doing it on purpose (those results are the most fun!). Sometimes you’re on a mission for something specific. A heavily moisturizing soap for those dry winter months. A light bubbly soap for the kids. A foaming cleanser to set by the sink….. When you’re on a mission with a specific purpose, it can be helpful to have a little direction when it comes to choosing proper ingredients.
Today we’re focusing on facial soap. Facial skin is so delicate and often times, finicky. While one person can use just about anything while washing their face, another person can have extremely sensitive skin that will flare up with the touch of almost anything! If you’re trying your hand at making a face-specific soap, you need to know what ingredients are best for your skin type. You don’t want to take the time to hand-craft a beautiful bar of soap only to have your face explode into an irritated mess with the first use!
Using a basic recipe as the base, choose oils that will compliment your skin type and help to solve any problems you may be dealing with. The following chart is a helpful way to narrow down the oil options and make a great selection for your next soap endeavor.
We hope this helps!
Selecting Your Oils:
Normal or combination skin: Sweet Almond Oil is the best.
Mature skin: Wheat Germ Oil work great.
Sensitive skin: Peach Kernel Oil is gentle and doesn’t cause irritation.
Dry skin: Apricot Kernel Oil works well for moisturizing.
Greasy or irritated skin: Jojoba Oil can help to matte oil and soothe irritation.
Oily or blemished skin: Sunflower Oil works well at diminishing both issues.
Wrinkles: Evening Primrose does a great job at hiding flaws!
Using one of the oils listed above, follow a simple base recipe like the one below for the perfect skin soap suited just for you!
1 lb. Oatmeal SFIC (all natural) Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap Base
1 tbsp. Carrier Oil suited for your skin (see above)
1 teaspoon Shea Butter
1 teaspoon Beeswax
Soap mold of your choice
Place all ingredients in a double boiler and melt over medium-low heat, stirring constantly.
Pour into a prepared mold, spritz surface with rubbing alcohol to eliminate bubbles, allow to cool and harden. Once the soap has completely set, unmold and use with warm water. Store extra bars in an airtight container.
Cheers to beautiful skin!