A gentle and effective clay cleansing scrub
In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, plenty of impurities accumulate on our skin: pollution, dust, perspiration, make-up, or other products… So it’s important to give your skin a deep clean from time to time. And what’s better than making your own face cleanser for the task?! Now that spring is here, it’s the perfect time to cleanse your skin with Clay-4-Clean, our gentle clay facial scrub! This natural facial cleanser has a number of benefits! In addition to redefining, purifying, and smoothing your skin, it cleans, tightens, and reduces the appearance of pores. With Clay-4-Clean, you’ll have a brighter, fresher, and more even complexion… As if you’d given your skin a beautiful spring cleaning!
How to make your own facial cleanser?
Before you begin
Before you fill the tube with your homemade cleanser, you can adjust its texture:
- by adding a bit of water if it seems too thick
- by adding a bit of clay if it seems too liquid
- 80 g demineralized water
- 12 g African black soap
- 5 g colloidal oatmeal
- 25 g bentonite clay
- 1.5 g grapefruit seed extract
- 6 g willow bark extract
- 0.3 g tea tree essential oil
- 0.7 g lemon essential oil
- 5 g liquid vegetable oil of your choosing (e.g., sweet almond)
- 1 small stainless steel bowl
- Components to make a double boiler
- 1 scale accurate to 0.1 g
- 1 mini mixer with frothing attachment (the small wheel)
- A few ramekins
- 1 mini silicone spatula
- 1 small Ziploc-style bag or a filling syringe
- 1 pair of scissors
- 1 toothpaste tube (100 ml)
- A few spoons
Good to know!
- Bentonite clay is a very strong absorber of water and cannot be replaced with an equal part of another clay in this recipe. Known for its ability to absorb impurities, bentonite clay is ideal for use in this type of deep-cleansing product.
- Willow bark extract works as an active in this recipe. It smoothes and purifies skin by getting rid of dead cells. Along with the grapefruit seed extract, it also functions as a preservative by boosting the product’s shelf life.
Steps to follow
- In a small stainless steel bowl, measure the demineralized water and set on a pot to make a double boiler. Heat until the water reaches a temperature of 80°C.
- Turn off the burner but leave the bowl on the double boiler for heat. Add the African black soap to the hot water, first crumbling it a little, and let melt for about 15 minutes, stirring gently with the spatula from time to time until all the soap has melted.
- In a ramekin, weigh and premix the clay and colloidal oatmeal.
- Gradually add the clay/oatmeal mixture to the soapy water and incorporate with the spatula. Once totally incorporated, use the mini mixer (with frothing attachment) to break up clumps and homogenize the mixture (some clumps may remain, which is normal). Remove the bowl from the double boiler.
- In a ramekin, weigh and mix the rest of the ingredients (the preservatives, essential oils, and vegetable oil). Pour this mixture into the batter and incorporate with the spatula, then use the mini mixer to mix well and render the batter smooth and homogeneous.
- Pour the mixture into a Ziploc-style bag or into the filling syringe.
- Unscrew the cap from the tube.
- Cut off a corner of the bag (the hole must be smaller than the tube’s opening!) then press the air out of the tube. Place the hole of the bag on the opening of the tube and squeeze the bag while releasing pressure on the tube. Repeat until the tube is full.
- Alternatively, fill the tube with the filling syringe while applying pressure to the tube, as explained for the Ziploc method.
Use and conservation
This homemade cleanser is formulated for normal, greasy, or acne-prone skin. It is not recommended for dry and/or sensitive skin. You can use this cleanser weekly (or daily if needed, but only for a short period of time), by gently massaging a small amount onto wet skin, then rinse well. Apply a hydrating cream after cleansing. Made in optimal sanitary conditions, your homemade clay cleanser will keep for at least 3 months.