Whether you’re 15 or 55, almost everyone gets zits.
It might be persistent acne, hormonal pimples on your chin, or the occasional zit from stress.
This homemade clay facial soap can help.
It works great for dry, oily, and combination skin.
It deep cleans pores, soothes redness, balances oil production, and gets rid of acne.
Ready for more good news? It’s super easy to make.
Simply melt some soap base, then add clay and good-for-your-skin essential oils. Pour into silicone molds and you’re done.
So fast and easy!
What’s in clay facial soap
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goat’s milk melt & pour soap (like this)
Goat’s milk is loaded with vitamins like vitamin A (which is one of the most important vitamins for skin) and B vitamins including riboflavin, niacin, B6, and B12.
It also has alpha-hydroxyl acids like lactic acid that help gently remove dead skin cells, revealing healthier, rejuvenated skin.
Goat’s milk soap is good for all skin types. It’s gentle and calming, which is great for sensitive skin. It’s rich & very moisturizing, which is great for dry skin. Its proteins kill bacteria, which is great for treating acne and oily skin.
bentonite clay (like this)
Bentonite clay is a natural clay with a fine, soft texture. It gives the face soap a smooth, silky lather.
It also gently exfoliates skin and unblocks clogged pores.
Bentonite clay even helps absorb excess oil and reduce acne flare up.
tea tree essential oil (aka melaleuca essential oil)
Tea tree’s anti-inflammatory properties calm skin and reduce redness.
It helps eliminate excess oil and restore natural oil balance.
Tea tree’s antibacterial properties help disinfect skin and reduce acne. In fact, studies show that tea tree can be as effective as benzoyl peroxide in treating acne, and with fewer side effects.
lavender essential oil (or substitute with geranium essential oil)
Lavender calms skin, leaving skin refreshed and soothed.
It reduces redness and blotchy patches.
Lavender is fantastic at restoring skin’s moisture balance so that skin is neither too dry or too oily.
How to make clay facial soap
get a free printable of the clay soap recipe and instructions here
step 1: cut 1 pound of goat’s milk melt & pour soap into small cubes about 1/2″ in size
step 2: melt soap
option 1: use microwave – melt for 30 seconds, stir, melt for another 30 seconds, and stir. If soap is not completely melted, continue with this process until it’s completely melted and liquid all the way through.
option 2: double boiler method – place heat- safe glass bowl or measuring cup fill with soap inside of a pot that has 1-2 inches of water at the bottom. Heat pan and soap over medium heat until the soap I see completely melted. Stir occasionally.
step 3: remove soap from heat and let it cool for just a few seconds before adding essential oil.
add 15 drops tea tree (aka melaleuca) essential oil
AND 10 drops lavender essential oil (if you don’t care for lavender, substitute with 10 drops geranium essential oil)
Stir well to mix essential oil evenly throughout soap.
step 4: add 3 tablespoons bentonite clay to soap and stir well until evenly distributed throughout soap
tip: add it slowly and close to the bowl. You don’t want clay flying everywhere.
step 5: pour soap into silicone molds
tip: work quickly because now that you’d added the bentonite clay, the soap will thicken rather quickly
tip: (optional) to prevent the air bubbles on the top of the soap that I got in my soap bars, you can spray the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol.
tip: I used a cupcake mold like this, but you can use any shape silicone mold you like.
step 6: allow to dry completely before removing from molds
After about 24 hours the soaps should be completely hardened and cured.
How to use
- wet face and hands
- lather soap in hands and apply to face
- be careful to avoid eyes
- rinse and then pat skin dry
- apply a good natural face toner like my homemade tea tree toner for acne or my calming & anti-aging toner
- apply a moisturizing face serum that’s right for your skin type. Find recipes for dry, oily, acne, sensitive, normal, and anti-aging face serums here
Where to get supplies?
wooden skewer to stir (grocery store, party store, or find online here)
heat-safe glass measuring cups (Walmart, Target, or find online here)
free printable of the recipe and instructions ( get it here)
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Disclaimer: Please know that this website contains affiliate links. This means that should you click on certain links, and then subsequently purchase a product, I will receive a small commission. The price is exactly the same for you as it would be without the affiliate link. Thank you for supporting me in this way.