Our faces are the first introduction we have to the world. Before people look at anything else, they look to our faces. Our faces offer a vast array of information: Our age, our disposition, our mood, our history. Because of how much is attributed to our faces, it’s clear why we need to take extra-special care of how our face appears.
Understanding the psychology behind the face was the first step to planning the recipe for our latest bar soap. The second step is understanding the chemistry.
The ingredients: Aloe Vera Juice, Olive Oil, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Organic Argan Oil, Dead Sea Mud, Activated Coconut Charcoal, Lavender Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil.
Aloe Vera Juice – I chose this ingredient because of the long-standing understood moisturizing properties of the aloe vera plant. I used this juice in lieu of the water that normally goes into a bar soap.
Olive Oil – Olive oil is one of the most moisturizing oils that can be used in cold-process soap. It produces a bar rich in essential fatty acids which creates a creamy feeling and skin-softening properties.
Cocoa Butter – Cocoa butter creates a strong, solid bar of soap while also contributing to great moisture. Used for centuries, cocoa butter is known to soften the skin.
Coconut Oil – In cold-process soap, 76-degree coconut oil creates big, fluffy bubbles while also contributing to the hardness of the bar and natural cleansing properties. While the other ingredients create great moisture, coconut oil ensures that the bar soap is also washing away impurities.
Castor Oil – Castor oil makes amazing fluffy lather in soap. Though in its natural form, castor oil is thick and sticky, in bar soap, it makes an extraordinary lather which helps with cleansing and moisturizing.
Organic Argan Oil – This exotic, rich oil is chock-full of nourishing properties for the face. It’s naturally rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids which help soften and moisturize the skin without any greasy feeling. Argan oil is liquid skin gold (which is why we also use it in Evanescence.)
Dead Sea Mud – According to WellGal, “Dead sea mud is high in minerals, such as sodium, chloride, magnesium, potassium, iron, and calcium, so it nourishes the skin. It also naturally softens and moisturizes, so it dramatically improves the appearance and health of your skin leaving it more tone, even in texture, and clearer.”
Activated Coconut Charcoal – This type of charcoal is different from regular charcoal. Triple-purified activated coconut charcoal is pH neutral and it bolsters the same effect in cold-process soap, helping to balance the pH of the skin. Its gentle exfoliating properties help to sludge off excess dirt, clear pores, and dead skin cells.
Lavender Essential Oil – Is there anything lavender essential oil can’t do? Seriously, lavender is the most versatile essential oil because it smells beautiful, is great for skin toning, and creates a calming feeling.
Geranium Essential Oil – Geranium EO is said to also create a mood-elevating feeling from the uplifting fragrance. A little lighter than rose, geranium is flowery without being overwhelming and has a slightly greener scent. It’s also said to have astringent-like properties, which should create a more youthful, toned skin appearance.
This new facial bar of soap will be ready in the beginning of May 2017. We can’t wait to offer this amazing face-loving bar to add to your beauty routine!
(Watch a Facebook Live of me creating this amazing bar soap.)