Make Charcoal, Tea Tree & Lemongrass Face & Body Soap for Oily & Acne Prone Skin Types
Posted on 29 March 2017
This is a super cool kit – for oily and acne prone skin types. Made with activated black charcoal and essential oils of tea tree & lemongrass.
- Reduces acne and black heads on face and body.
- Absorbs toxin’s, Sebum or Excess Fat and Dirt that clog pores.
- Detoxify skin.
- Antibacterial essential oils, accelerate acne drying process.
Let's get busy and make this black soap happen :)
Step 1: The Preparation, Making Melt and Pour Soap
Gather your supplies. Just like baking your favourite recipe there’s some prep work before you begin.
You will need a pot to melt the soap. (I recommend one with a solid bottom and a pourer on the side. This certainly makes life easier.)
Or you can microwave the melt and pour soap using a long spout pouring jug but be very careful as it’s very easy for it to get too hot and burn, this will affects the look of the finished product.
You can also pour from your pot into a long spout pouring jug to make filling the reusable soap moulds easier.
You will need:
- A Clean Pot
- Tea tree and lemongrass essential oil mixture.
- 1kg Melt and pour white soap base.
- Isopropyl alcohol with a sprayer.
- Newspaper to catch any spills when pouring.
Set up your soap making area, lay down clean newspaper to catch any spills.
Ensure all reusable soap moulds are clean, and on a flat surface. Clean soap moulds by spraying with isopropyl alcohol. This also helps the melt and pour soap base to adhere nicely to the mould. Let dry.
Step 2: The making
Chop the 1kg block of White Melt and Pour Soap Base into approx. 9-10 pieces.
Place into a pot melt on very low heat, stir gently until melted.
Or place into a microwaveable pouring jug –
Melt for 2 minutes, then continue to melt in 30-second bursts, between bursts, stir the soap to help it melt evenly until all soap has returned to its liquid form. Never let soap boil as it’s easy to burn.
Depending on the strength of your microwave this can take a few minutes.
Melt soap slowly at a low heat, stir to help it melt.
When melt and pour soap has melted, test with a thermometer to make sure soap is under 40 degrees celsius.
If the soap is too hot it will burn off the fragrance oil, leaving you with a barely there, subtle scent, rather than a soap with an amazing scent.
Mix the activated charcoal powder with the tea tree and lemongrass mixture. Stir well to create a smooth paste, removing all lumps.
Add the charcoal paste mixture to the melted soap base, Mix slowly/folding to ensure the charcoal mixture goes through all the melted soap without causing additional bubbles. As bubbles will affect the finished look of your soap creation.
Step 3: The creation
Pour the black soap into all the moulds, then spritz the top with isopropyl alcohol to remove surface bubbles. Allow the soap to fully cool and harden for several hours, preferably overnight.
Bubbles will typically appear after the pouring process, regardless of how careful you are. It’s an easy fix, spritz the surface layer of the soap with isopropyl alcohol to remove surface bubbles.
This is where I find the long spout pouring jug really handy.
The soap will begin hardening right away, so do not move or adjust your reusable moulds, until the soap has set solid.
Allow the soap to fully cool and harden for at least 6 hours, overnight is always better, to ensure soap removes from the silicone mould cleanly.
Turn upside down onto clean surface and remove soap from mould carefully - wrap your soap creations individually in airtight plastic or cellophane to avoid sweating .
Step 4: Waiting is the hardest part
Allow 3 days for the fragrances and essential oils to cure, in your soap creations before using. Otherwise, the full spectrum of fragrance notes will not be appreciated.
- Clean your reusable silicone mould with hot water, store away in a clean place for your next soap adventure.
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