Category Archives: Face Masks and Shaving Creams

Moisturizing Face Mask

Keeping myself busy before my next round of soap making.

I usually just make up a few tablespoons of face mask each time I want it but I decided to try something new this time so this is a step up from my quick masks. I have added emusifying wax and BTMS-50, and Orchid Extract to my usual clay and water. I rounded the recipe out with jojoba and argan oils. This recipe makes 8oz.


Rhassoul Clay Mask with Orchid Extract & Rose Water
Ingredients:

hot phase:

4.24 oz Distilled Water

.35 oz Jojoba Oil

.26 oz Argan Oil

.26 oz Emulsifying Wax

.02 oz BTMS-50

Cool Down:

1.10 oz Rhassoul Clay

1.50 oz Rose Water

.13 oz Orchid Extract

1% Optiphen ND

Instruction:

Heat jojoba, argan, emulsifying wax and BTMS-50 in a double boiler until melted and clear.

Heat water to around 170 degrees F.

Mix the oil and water mixture and stick blend in burst for about a minute. Add the clay a tablespoon at a time, blending in bursts until it is fully incorporated.

Let it cool down to around 130 degrees before adding the rose water, Orchid Extract and Optiphen ND.

Mix in bursts for several minutes. Depending on your clay and evaporation you may need a bit more clay. If you substitute with a different clay you may have to slightly adjust to get the right balance of liquid and clay that is to your liking. Continue to mix it occasionally until it has fully cooled, it will set up a bit as it sits. This was about the consistency of yogurt when I poured it. Tap the container on the counter after you fill it to release any air bubbles.

This recipe turned out to be the consistency of whipped yogurt after setting up and feels lite and fluffy.

Moisturizing Shaving Cream

 

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To keep skin moisturized for the winter I have adapted my usual recipe slightly.

Tools:

Large Mixing bowl

Whisk

spoons/butter knives

spray bottle of isopropyl alcohol

digital kitchen scale

measuring cup

double boiler (makeshift with a pan of water on the stove works just fine)

microwave

pippettes

paper towels

latex gloves

containers for your final product

 

Ingredients:

2 oz Stearic Acid

1 oz Avocado Oil

.5 oz Shea Butter

.5 oz Emulsifying Wax

8 oz Distilled Water, heated

1 oz Melt & Pour Shaving Soap, grated

10 ml Aloe Vera Extract (It can be used up to roughly 15% of the total weight if you want more.)

Fragrance, optional. I only used 6 drops for this entire batch, you don’t want to over scent something that will be used on someones face. (mine is Lavender and Cedar scented this time.)

Preservative of your choice, not optional

Instructions:

Use the Isopropyl Alcohol to disinfect all of your equipment. It is important to take note that even though a measuring cup is part of the tools it will not be used for measuring anything, all measurements will be done by weight. A measuring cup is just easier to hold and pour with.

In a double boiler melt the Stearic Acid, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter and Emulsifying Wax.

Meanwhile, In a large mixing bowl add 8 oz of distilled water and microwave until steaming hot.

When the oils in the double boiler have completely melted whisk it slowly into the hot water, followed by the grated soap. Mix until creamy and smooth.

Using pippets add the Fragrance, Aloe Vera Extract and Preservative.

Spoon into container, leave without lid for a few hours to prevent condensation on the inside of the lid as it cools.