Introduction: Non-Soap Cleansing Clay Bar

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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

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

Step 3: Take Off Heat

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

Step 4: Add Powders

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Add baking soda, sea salt, and clay.

Step 5: Add Essential Oils

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Add essential oils of choice.

Step 6: Mix and Pour Into Mold

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Mix completely and pour into mold.

Step 7: Cool

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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?

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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.

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/

Comments

rkcirtap (author)2015-06-29

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.

AwesomeA (author)rkcirtap2015-07-06

Thank you! :)

marcellahella made it! (author)2015-05-17

I made it, I think I didn't put enough bees wax because it is too soft, and it let a paste on my hand that is difficult to get ready of. But I still like it, I will control better the dosage next time! I added also some dry lavender and some starch.

Thank you!

AwesomeA (author)marcellahella2015-05-17

Awesome!!! I thought about trying my next batch with a little cream of tartar for extra thickness... Thank you for sharing!!!

marcellahella (author)2015-05-13

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

AwesomeA (author)marcellahella2015-05-13

Great! It really is a wonderful alternative to soap!

blkhawk (author)2015-05-13

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.

AwesomeA (author)blkhawk2015-05-17

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.

KristinC27 (author)AwesomeA2016-10-03

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?

blkhawk (author)KristinC272016-10-04

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.

blkhawk (author)AwesomeA2015-05-17

You need to cite reputable sources of information please.

AwesomeA (author)blkhawk2015-05-17

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/

blkhawk (author)AwesomeA2015-05-17

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.

AwesomeA (author)blkhawk2015-05-17

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

blkhawk (author)AwesomeA2015-05-18

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!

blkhawk (author)AwesomeA2015-05-17

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.

ToniL16 (author)blkhawk2016-03-28

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.

blkhawk (author)ToniL162016-03-28

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.

GenerallyOdd (author)blkhawk2015-05-15

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.

blkhawk (author)GenerallyOdd2015-05-15

I don't doubt that these ladies "look fantastic" or "smell nice". Coconut oil has moisturizing properties but it does not clean by itself. We need to understand the properties of each ingredients and the chemical reactions that occur. Soap made with lye has been made for thousands of years. Lye is used in the production of soap but like any other chemical reaction it becomes something completely different. To affirm that all soaps contain lye is not true since lye is dangerously caustic but, after saponification, the resulting soap is a great cleanser and safe for your skin. As a matter of fact, simply washing hands with soap has protected many people from the spread of some contagious diseases.

AwesomeA (author)blkhawk2015-05-15

Again, this tutorial is for those who have already chosen to not use soap. It is also for those who are allergic to soap. This is not a tutorial on way you should not use soap. It is simply an alternative option for those who already don't or can't use soap.

blkhawk (author)AwesomeA2015-05-17

I make homemade soap also known as "artisanal soap." I have a chemistry background when I studied to earn a degree in chemical engineering. Although I did not become a chemist I understand much of the chemistry in the production of different products. You might sincerely believe that the ingredients on your bar are a better replacement for soap but I am sorry to say that is not the case. Many people with good intentions exaggerate the properties of different things. Your bar does not have cleaning properties and I would suggest that it gets used with soap. People do get allergies from the additives of commercial soap but not of soap itself. I invite you to try to create homemade soap and add some of these ingredients. You could try the cold process method in the production of soap and then move to the hot process. I assure you that soap is completely safe and beneficial for your skin and health. I don't use commercial soap anymore and I am very happy with the results!

AwesomeA (author)GenerallyOdd2015-05-15

I have tried the oil cleansing method and I love it! I still use that method once a week. Thank you for your comment!

GenerallyOdd (author)AwesomeA2015-05-15

I know! And it exfoliates - how does it do that?!?!

Didn't mean to start a fight. I actually use soap but I did use coconut oil for a couple of weeks when I broke my foot and it was awesome. The only problem I have with using coconut oil, exclusively, is purely psychological but I don't think I'd have a problem with a clay bar...I just don't like soap...never have.

If soap was necessary, we wouldn't be here...even though...I'm still trying to figure out how we got this far without coffee...

AwesomeA (author)blkhawk2015-05-13

There are many tutorials for clay soap and I suggest you look there. This is for those of us who know the dangers of soap and lye and know the benefits of clay and other natural ingredients. To teach someone the dangers of soap and lye and the benefits of clay and other natural ingredients would be at least 2 separate tutorials if not more. Thank you for viewing!

JoeD164 (author)2016-08-09

Developer i am allergic to baking soda and bezoly peroxide is coconut oil processed with benzoyl8

ToniL16 (author)2016-03-28

Thank you for posting this recipe. I cannot use lye or 'chemicals'. I am only supposed to wash hair and body in hot water only, (I wonder if Bikhawk will give me a run down on the non-cleansing qualities of H2o :) ). But I should be okay with all of these ingredients.

I am so tired of looking at lye-free 'soap' recipes, to find that they use a commercial base or repurpose a purchased soap. So, I'll certainly give this a go, thank you.

And ignore Bikhawk and his/her partially completed degree. A little information and a lot of arrogance is a unpleasant and dangerous combination.

SueS22 (author)2015-09-25

were did you buy the clay?

AwesomeA (author)SueS222015-10-17

From my local herb shop or from http://www.bulkapothecary.com/

rtanner4 (author)2015-05-16

Bikhawk was trying to politely say you obviously don't know very much about soap. "Soap " is a catch all word that is very broad. There are mild soaps and there are harsh soaps. If one is going to go to the trouble of making a non-soap bar, I recommend going one step further and figuring out how to clean oil, sebum, dirt, bacteria, sweat, air pollution, off the stinkiest parts of your body that can actually accomplish this. More people than you realize will be grateful.

AwesomeA (author)rtanner42015-05-17

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.

marcellahella (author)2015-05-16

I'm going to do this in the next few days, so I was just wondering what the salt was for, an if it didn't dry the skin. Thank you!

AwesomeA (author)marcellahella2015-05-17

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.

AwesomeA (author)marcellahella2015-05-16

The Sea Salt helps preserve the bar as well as pulling out toxins from the skin. Do not use regular table salt, make sure you use sea salt. Thank you for viewing!

Creak (author)2015-05-15

I'm not sure why you all think lye based soap is harmful. The lye reacts completely when the the soap is made so it causes no dermal problems. many soap recipes can be found for using coconut oil. If you super fat the bar (add more oil than the lye reacts with) it even has a nice moisturizing affect

AwesomeA (author)Creak2015-05-15

In addition to cleaning your skin, soap can also remove natural oils that provide protection. Continuous use of soap depletes the capacity of your body to produce the body oils that give your skin the glow and beauty. But in order to fully understand you should really do research. Here is just one site that does a wonderful job in describing the harmfulness of soap.

http://freethoughtnation.com/what-they-dont-tell-you-about-toilet-soap/

GenerallyOdd (author)2015-05-14

I grate my beeswax off a solid bar, is why I'm asking. If I use a measuring cup and your .25 part measurement, I'm going to have a lot more beeswax than you're using if you just used a measuring cup with your big chips of wax.

AwesomeA (author)GenerallyOdd2015-05-14

I do the same thing and I just estimate by eyeballing it. Being off by a little will not hurt the final product...

GenerallyOdd (author)AwesomeA2015-05-14

Oooohhh!! A perfect test for my OCD management idea! I've recently decided to practice consciously overriding the impulse by calling it an "adventure" - so, here we have my very first ADVENTURE!!! Yeah!! Thanks!!

AwesomeA (author)GenerallyOdd2015-05-14

:) Well in that case, I hope you have a fun adventure!!

Or, I guess, I could end up with a lot LESS beeswax, I'm not sure...do you suppose it is the same ration as used for a lotion bar?

AwesomeA (author)GenerallyOdd2015-05-14

If you really insist on an exact measurement I suggest packing the beeswax into the measuring spoon or cup and add a pinch for good measure and then just break up the now compacted wax... I hope this helps!

"Ratio", not "ration", sorry.

AwesomeA (author)2015-05-14

Yes, the parts are by volume and not weight.

Sunglowart (author)2015-05-14

Nice I was looking for recipes of non lye bars. If i used oats instead of clay how long will it hold without getting mould/ fungus?

AwesomeA (author)Sunglowart2015-05-14

The bar should last for a few months as long as it is not left wet after using. The sea salt and the lemon essential oil are natural preservatives. Since there is no water in this recipe, there is less chance of mold and fungus growing on it.

LydiaT2 (author)2015-05-12

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.

AwesomeA (author)LydiaT22015-05-12

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.

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