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, rose 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 can also be used as it 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
- 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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