Clay Soap Recipe
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There are a wide variety of clays to choose from to use in soap recipes: kaolin clay, bentonite clay, Moroccan clay, French clay, Rhassoul clay, Fuller’s Earth. This makes a clay soap recipe easy and fun to make. There’s such variety! Even those clays mentioned have a number of variants, and each one brings something slightly different to the soap.
For example, kaolin clay is great at equalizing imbalanced facial oil. It is very soothing, making it great for those with eczema and other skin problems. It can be seen as a mild exfoliate, also helping to purify the skin. This goes for most, if not all of the clays! Bentonite clay is known as detoxifying since it bonds with toxins in the skin (Learn more Here).
I actually decided to make a Red Swirl in this batch. I call it my Candy Cane Soap since it is red striped with a peppermint scent. I think it turned out beautifully and was super easy to make.
The clays I used: Red Moroccan Clay and Rose Kaolin Clay.
I got both clays hoping they would both be a beautiful red. I’ve already tried things such as beet root powder (which turns brown in soap) and alkanet root powder (which turns purple). So I wanted something truly pink or red. The red Moroccan clay was tan. See What I did with it!!! I still used a little but to round out the pink color of the kaolin clay and make it a bit deeper. The rose kaolin clay starts out pink in soap and gets a deeper red the more you use.
Clay Soap Recipe
- 20oz tallow
- 8oz olive oil
- 8oz coconut oil
- 3oz sweet almond oil
- 5.5oz lye
- 15oz water
- 1 tsp Moroccan clay
- 1 Tbsp rose kaolin clay
- 1oz essential oils
- Combine tallow, olive oil, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil in a large pot and heat to melt all oils. Cool to 100 degrees F.
- Pour lye in water (in a very ventilated location. Wear safety gear and do not touch). Cool to 100 degrees F.
- When temps. are right, combine lye water with fats and stir/use a stick blender on and off until soap reaches light trace.
- Add essential oils and mix well.
- Remove ¼ cup's worth or more of soap and add clays. Whisk to make sure there are no lumps.
- Pour soap into mold and swirl in color.
- Incubate for 24 hours and then cut and cure for 4-6 weeks.
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