How to Make (DIY) Aloe Vera & Bentonite Clay Spa Bar
There is really nothing like the luxury of holding the weight of a solid hot process clay bar in your hand. When the cremes and butters just aren’t what your skin wants, it may be the earthy clay that rejuvenates the surface by pulling the impurities away from the skin. This aloe bar infused with bentonite clay is both soothing and healing. The aroma for this luxury bar is a pleasant soothing aloe and cucumber. This bar is made with hand dried aloe including the nourishing meat and vitamin filled skins that has been pulverized down into a powder. It is then infused with cosmetic grade bentonite clay for a full spa bar used for luxury facials and full body. Aloe Vera is the worlds number one most popular medicinal herb known for soothing irritated red skin.
This recipe will yield 3 lbs. of soap that can be cut into 10/11 bars at about 5 ounces a piece.
What you need for this recipe:
Distilled Bottled Water
Aloe & Cucumber Fragrance Oil
Instructions and Notes:
With safety glasses and gloves mix the lye crystals into the cold distilled water. Mix until the crystals are completely dissolved, and set this aside.
Add all of the oils into a slow cook crock pot set on high. Allow the hard oils to melts down into the crock pot.
You do not need to let the lye water cool to room temperature as you normally would with a cold process technique, however, pour the lye water solution only when it is withing 20 degrees of the oils in the crock pot, which are slowly becoming warmer. You can blend these are warmer temperatures, but they must be close so the molecules don’t shock each other when they combine, and the saponification occurs more gently.
Blend this fully with a stick blender until the product is completely emulsified. Cover the soap and let it cook for 25 minutes. Check on it and stir each time while it is moving from the 1st stage pudding phase to the 2nd stage apple sauce phase.
If the water and oils begin to separate make sure to incorporate them back together. Cover the soap and allow it to fully cook into the third stage.
During the third stage the soap will appear glassy and look like Vasoline. At this time add the aloe vera powder and the clay and mix well. In our product we hand make aloe vera powder by dehydrating it and blending it down in a coffee grinder. You do not have to do it this way. You can purchase already powdered aloe, and it is exactly the same product. This difference in doing it by hand is that you can get the particles and skins slightly larger and when this cooks down into your soap it will leave a nice speckled look. Adding the green mica is optional. The aloe may color the soap green to your liking depending on the powder you use.
Remove the soap from the heat and allow this to cool. Continue to stir while the soap is cooling , so that you can watch that it is not becoming too stiff before you transfer it. Once the temperature has reached below 120 degrees add the fragrance oil. Mix well, and transfer this into your 3 lb soap mold.
Allow this to set up for 24 hours and cut when hardened. The soap is ready to package, sell, or use after 24 hours.
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