I wanted to make a facial soap that would be soothing and beneficial for my teenager’s skin, as well as my own. I’ve wanted to play with Dead Sea Mud for some time and thought it would be perfect for this. I chose Tea Tree Essential Oil for it’s astringent properties and Lavandin Essential Oil to help soften the edges of Tea Tree’s medicinal scent. I believe there is something extra special about soap that contains milk or milk products. The yogurt powder in this formulation is no exception. It also adds an additional layer of softening and soothing to a bar that’s already pretty great. – Kelly
Dead Sea Mud is rich in beneficial minerals, including calcium, potassium, and magnesium – many of which are easily absorbed by the skin. When combined with the moisturizing qualities of cocoa butter and apricot oil, and the cleansing properties of tea tree essential oil, you have a soap bar packed with skin-nourishing goodness.
Makes about 24 ounces (five 4-ounce/120 gram bars)
- 3.7 ounces (105 grams) distilled water
- 2.2 ounces (62 grams) lye
- 6.4 ounces (181 grams) Organic Olive Oil
- 3.4 ounces (96 grams) Coconut Oil, RBD
- 1.6 ounces (45 grams) Organic Apricot Kernel Oil
- 1.4 ounces (40 grams) Mango Butter, Refined
- 1.4 ounces (40 grams) Organic Cocoa Butter
- 1.0 ounce (28 grams) Organic RSPO Palm Oil
- 0.8 ounces (23 grams) Castor Oil
- 1 ounce (28 grams) Dead Sea Mud
- 0.5 ounce (14 grams) Yogurt Powder
- 0.3 ounce (9 grams) Tea Tree Essential Oil, Australia
- 0.3 ounce (9 grams) Lavandin Essential Oil
- 1 Tablespoon (30 ml) Sea Salt, Medium Grain (sprinkled on the top)
- Prepare 2-pound loaf soap mold by assembling, setting them on tray, lining with wax paper, etc. as needed.
- Measure the distilled water and place in stainless steel pot or large plastic pitcher with very thick walls.
- Measure and add lye to water. Stir for about a minute or two until completely dissolved. Let mixture cool down to about 100 F (38 C).
- Measure coconut oil, cocoa butter, and palm oil. Heat in double-boiler until fully melted.
Measure olive, apricot, and castor oil and add to melted oils and butters.
- Combine lye water and fats, then stir or stick blend until mixture reaches thin trace.
- Add Dead Sea Mud, Yogurt Powder and Essential oils. Blend well to a medium trace. (This mixture may seem thicker than other soap recipes due to the Dead Sea Mud and Yogurt Powder.)
- Pour soap into mold and sprinkle the top with Medium Sea Salt.
- Cover and let sit for 24 hours before removing from the mold. Slice soap into five bars, then allow bars to cure on wooden drying rack for six weeks before use.
- Lather, rinse, repeat!
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