Non-Soap Cleansing Clay Bar

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Introduction: Non-Soap Cleansing Clay Bar

About: I love using Mother Earth's gifts to heal and I strongly believe in healing Mother Earth any time I can! I am an activist of upcycling and recycling.

If you are soap-free, shampoo-free, or chemical-free here is a wonderful recipe for a completely soap-free chemical-free cleansing bar.

I have researched for a non-soap cleansing bar for a while, but none of the recipes I found seemed to work. I always ended up with a goop of mud that worked better as a facial mask. After many experiments I came up with this recipe.

Ingredients:

1 part Cocoa and/or shea butter

1 part Coconut oil

2 part Clay and/or powdered oats

1 part Baking soda

1 part Sea salt

0.25 parts Beeswax

Essential oils of choice

Tools:

Double boiler (or makeshift double boiler with sauce pan and glass measuring cup)

Mixing tool (spoon or chop stick)

Measuring cups/spoons

Mold

Step 1: Set Up Double Boiler With Boiling Water

Get your double boiler started with boiling water. You can makeshift a double boiler with a saucepan and a glass measuring cup.

Step 2: Melt Butters and Beeswax

Melt butters and beeswax in the double boiler on a medium low heat.

Step 3: Take Off Heat

When the butters and wax is fully melted, take off the heat source.

Step 4: Add Powders

Add baking soda, sea salt, and clay.

Step 5: Add Essential Oils

Add essential oils of choice.

Step 6: Mix and Pour Into Mold

Mix completely and pour into mold.

Step 7: Cool

Cool until fully hardened. This should take 30-60 minutes, depending on the size of the batch and mold. You can put in the refrigerator to cool more quickly.

Step 8: How Does the Clay Bar Cleanse?

How does the Clay Bar Cleanse?

Clay can curb the excessive production of oil, which makes them an excellent choice for skin that is prone to acne. Furthermore, clays soak up all the dirt accumulated during the day, cleaning the pores and giving the skin a smooth appearance. The main function of a clay is to absorb the natural sebum and leave the skin dry and smooth. By using clay on a regular basis, one can improve the circulation of the skin, remove dead skin cells, and give the skin an overall healthy glow.

Increased circulation, antiseptic effects, soft skin without a greasy feel and reduction in fluid retention are just some of the benefits of sea salt for the skin. Since sea salt does not go through the same manufacturing processes as table salt, the minerals from the sea remain, giving sea salts different colorings depending on where they are from. Sea salt is full of vital vitamins and minerals, which are required for providing proper nourishment to the skin cells. These nutrients can improve the cellular energy metabolism, keep the tissues hydrated, boost blood circulation throughout the skin surface and increase the strength of cell membranes. Sea salt has alkalizing effect that helps in balancing the acid levels in your body and eliminating potential risks of fatal diseases.

Lemon essential oil uses for skin can improve your complexion and leave your skin soft and supple. When the skin becomes oily, lemon oil can be used as a natural toner, balancing and rejuvenating the skin when used properly. Lemon essential oil is a natural cleanser, degreaser, and disinfectant.

Baking soda exfoliates dead skin. neutralize acids on the skin and help wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very soft. It is often used as a gentle skin cleanser for babies.

Tea Tree EO is anti-viral, anti-candida, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal ,and anti-septic .

Shea butter is very healing and moisturizing for the skin. It helps with skin regeneration and provides UV protection.

Cocoa butter is a natural antioxidant moisturizer and skin protector.

Resources:

http://draxe.com/10-bentonite-clay-benefits-uses/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/197536-bentonite-clay-for-acne/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/197121-the-effects-of-bentonite-clay-on-the-face/

http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/lemon-essential-oil.html

http://www.ebay.com/gds/How-Do-Clay-Masks-Work-/10000000178626969/g.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/156225-benefits-of-sea-salt-for-the-skin/

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-sea-salt-for-skin-hair-and-health/

http://draxe.com/lemon-essential-oil-uses-benefits/

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/51-fantastic-uses-for-baking-soda.html

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/cleansing/products/quick-tips-how-can-baking-soda-benefit-the-skin-on-your-face-.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/29/baking-soda-beauty-benefiits_n_4172114.html

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-113-tea%20tree%20oil.aspx?activeingredientid=113&activeingredientname=tea%20tree%20oil

http://www.livestrong.com/article/101061-benefits-lemon-oil-skin/

http://draxe.com/tea-tree-oil-uses-benefits/

http://gentleworld.org/3-essential-oils-for-your-herbal-medicine-cabinet/

http://www.sheainstitute.com/asbi-library/21reasons/

http://www.naturepurity.com/holistic/sheabutter.html

http://skincare.about.com/od/spa/a/Benefits-Of-Cocoa-Butter-To-Your-Skin.htm

http://www.zliving.com/health/natural-remedies/natural-healing-tips-cocoa-butter-101-much-more-than-a-lubricant-2898/

http://www.love-yourself-naturally.com/2013/11/what-cocoa-butter-can-do-for-your-skin/

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Nice recipe, I've made it and it's great soap. But I have to let you know that your soap is not chemical free, nothing is. Point in fact, the process by which you are making your awesome soap (and it really is good) is a fairly sophisticated chemistry process.

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I want to try this soon, thanks a lot! I don't like too much to use soap so this is perfect.

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Great! It really is a wonderful alternative to soap!

This is a serious question. Is there any kind of non-staining dye that can be put in it to make it a nicer looking color? This looks gross. It looks like a poop cake.

Otherwise, the recipe looks intrieging.

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haha!! There is this pink clay I have read about but haven't tried yet... also some food colors work great to color without staining skin.

You can use bentonite clay, kaolin clay, french green, pink rose clay (which is another kind of kaolin). There are many different kinds of clay you can use, in all kinds of colors. You can even adjust your clays in the recipe depending on your skin type and needs.

It looks that you created an exfoliating bar but without soap there is no cleansing properties. Lye is used in the production of soap but the after saponification a new compound is produced. I am skeptic that this bar can clean as advertised.

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How does the Clay Bar Cleanse?

Clay can curb the excessive production of oil, which
makes them an excellent choice for skin that is prone to acne. Furthermore, clays
soak up all the dirt accumulated during the day, cleaning the pores and giving
the skin a smooth appearance. The main
function of a clay is to absorb the natural sebum and leave the skin dry and
smooth. By using clay on a regular basis, one can improve the circulation of
the skin, remove dead skin cells, and give the skin an overall healthy glow.

Increased circulation, antiseptic effects, soft skin without
a greasy feel and reduction in fluid retention are just some of the benefits of
sea salt for the skin. Since sea salt does not go through the same
manufacturing processes as table salt, the minerals from the sea remain, giving
sea salts different colorings depending on where they are from. Sea salt is
full of vital vitamins and minerals, which are required for providing proper
nourishment to the skin cells. These nutrients can improve the cellular energy
metabolism, keep the tissues hydrated, boost blood circulation throughout the
skin surface and increase the strength of cell membranes. Sea salt has
alkalizing effect that helps in balancing the acid levels in your body and
eliminating potential risks of fatal diseases.

Lemon essential oil uses for skin can improve your
complexion and leave your skin soft and supple. When the skin becomes
oily, lemon oil can be used as a natural toner, balancing and rejuvenating the
skin when used properly. Lemon essential oil is a natural cleanser, degreaser,
and disinfectant.

Baking soda exfoliates dead skin. neutralize acids on the
skin and help wash away oil and perspiration, it also makes your skin feel very
soft. It is often used as a gentle skin cleanser for babies.

Tea Tree EO is anti-viral, anti-candida, anti-microbial,
anti-bacterial, anti-fungal ,and anti-septic.

Shea butter is very healing and moisturizing for the skin.
It helps with skin regeneration and provides UV protection.

Cocoa butter is a natural antioxidant moisturizer and skin protector.

I love the idea of clay and am really thinking of trying my hand at this. I have made sea salt and sugar scrubs in the past with olive oil and I really don't like soap. It leaves a residue.

Now in ancient times and to this day, a lot of people in European countries use these natural oils and exfoliants to moisturize their skin and remove dead skin and residue.

It makes a lot of sense. Let's use Olive Oil (or many other oils for that matter as an example). Our body produces natural oils. But, oil and water do not mix and washing oil away is unnatural and difficult. Oil cleans oil. So it is natural for Olive oils to be used on the skin for cleansing but also rejuvenating. My skin is naturally a little more oily around my chin. I break out if I use soap and water because of how soap blocks the pores and takes away essential oils for good skin growth. I do not break out if I use pure extra virgin olive oil. I have tried it over and over again. Soap vs. Oil. Oil cleans and rejuvenates far better.

@blkhawk ... Have you tried it?

Oil does not clean oil. I know I sound blunt but we need to understand the science behind these claims. Soap emulsifies skin sebum with dirt and germs and allows all these to be rinsed away with water. The simple use of soap has protected millions of people from common infectious diseases. Soap is a great commodity. Skin has the ability to produce more oil. It is not a problem for the skin to replenish its skin oil after a bath. The problem occurs when people take too many baths, in winter when the air is dry and people with naturally dry skin. A water based or any other preferred moisturizer, could easily do the job of moisturizing your skin. Products that claim to clean and moisturize at the same time are not that good. Some products are comedogenic, clog pores and produce acne cosmetica but this is the result of added ingredients. True soap does not clog pores.

You need to cite reputable sources of information please.

http://draxe.com/10-bentonite-clay-benefits-uses/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/197536-bentonite-clay-for-acne/

http://www.livestrong.com/article/197121-the-effects-of-bentonite-clay-on-the-face/

http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/lemon-essential-oil.html

http://www.ebay.com/gds/How-Do-Clay-Masks-Work-/10000000178626969/g.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/156225-benefits-of-sea-salt-for-the-skin/

http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-sea-salt-for-skin-hair-and-health/

http://draxe.com/lemon-essential-oil-uses-benefits/

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/51-fantastic-uses-for-baking-soda.html

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/cleansing/products/quick-tips-how-can-baking-soda-benefit-the-skin-on-your-face-.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/29/baking-soda-beauty-benefiits_n_4172114.html

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-113-tea%20tree%20oil.aspx?activeingredientid=113&activeingredientname=tea%20tree%20oil

http://www.livestrong.com/article/101061-benefits-lemon-oil-skin/

http://draxe.com/tea-tree-oil-uses-benefits/

http://gentleworld.org/3-essential-oils-for-your-herbal-medicine-cabinet/

http://www.sheainstitute.com/asbi-library/21reasons/

http://www.naturepurity.com/holistic/sheabutter.html

http://skincare.about.com/od/spa/a/Benefits-Of-Cocoa-Butter-To-Your-Skin.htm

http://www.zliving.com/health/natural-remedies/natural-healing-tips-cocoa-butter-101-much-more-than-a-lubricant-2898/

http://www.love-yourself-naturally.com/2013/11/what-cocoa-butter-can-do-for-your-skin/

You still have not cited a reputable source of information. No scientific paper or magazine reviewed by peers. If you claim that something is good for x or y you need to provide scientific evidence in the form of experiments that could be replicated by others.

So webmd.com and livestrong.com are NOT reliable sources?

Those are "informative" sources that are heavily commercialized. It is much better to ask our doctors for advice. I believe that you have created a great exfoliating bar, but I don't believe that it is a replacement for soap. Our skin sebaceous glands are constantly producing the necessary lubrication for our skin. Daily washing with soap will never remove your moisture completely. A homemade soap can be superfatted to provide moisturizing qualities. Please allow me to explain, "washing" your skin with the clay bar is akin to attempting to wash your dishes with sandpaper. You dishes will appear to look clean but a film of grease and germs would remain. Soap emulsifies dirt and grease removing germs in the process. Please, don't misunderstand me, you have made something good, it is the claim that it replaces soap that I find wrong. Your heart is in the right place!

You still have not cited a reputable source of information. No scientific paper or magazine reviewed by peers. If you claim that something is good for x or y you need to provide scientific evidence in the form of experiments that could be replicated by others.

Then don't use it. No one cares about your partly completed degree and your limited opinion. I for one am interested, and have used plenty of 'soaps' or cleansing bars without lye, as I cannot use it. Under any circumstances. I assure you I am clean, hygienic and yes, also fragrant.

Your comment is full of your opinions and not a single fact. Next time attack the argument and not the person. I am entitled to comment as many times as I want to. Also we have a nice comment policy. Try to be constructive next time.

Some older native women, in various parts of the world, bathe using nothing but coconut oil. They put it on and wipe it off, everyday. No soap OR water. And not only do they look fantastic, but they smell nice, too.