This is my third clay bar, and I’m pretty excited about it. Like previous bars it’s mostly clay, but this one is held together with diluted liquid soap instead of water, giving us a bar that’s a hybrid between a bar of soap and a clay bar. It’s pretty neat.
For this bar I chose a blend of gentle white Kaolin clay and deeply cleansing Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti) clay. The two clays help detoxify the skin, exfoliate, cleanse, and battle acne.
In bar form, it’s easier to use clay as an everyday cleanser. You can just run the bar under some warm water and glide it over your skin for a thin layer of clay. Let it dry for a few moments before rinsing it off.
Paired with some diluted liquid soap, we get a stiff, sticky paste. Resist the urge to over-hydrate the paste so you end up with a pourable slurry—that’ll result in a crumbly mess rather than a bar.
My bar didn’t dry particularly pretty, but that’s because I tried to build it up above the mould, so I don’t recommend that approach. If your bar ends up ugly and you hate it you can always bash it up, run it through a coffee grinder or food processor, re-hydrate it, and try again.
So—if you’re in love with the cleansing power of clay and want to try it in a convenient, sudsy bar form, I think you’ll like this tan coloured bar. Give it a go 🙂
Clay & Soap Bar
35g liquid soap paste
70g just-boiled water
½ cup Kaolin clay
½ cup Fuller’s Earth (Multani Mitti) clay
Combine the liquid soap paste with the just-boiled water in a jar or container with a lid, and let it sit for about a day so the soap paste softens and dissolves into the water. You should be left with a very runny, sudsy liquid.
Stir the clays together in a large bowl, and then begin to knead in the soapy liquid, adding it a little at a time and mashing everything together until you have a stiff paste that incorporates all the clay. You may not need all the soapy liquid, or you may need to add a bit more water depending on how your clay measured out.
Once you have a stiff paste, pack it into your mould—silicone muffin or soap moulds work really well. Leave it to dry out for several days (or as long as required—it’ll take longer if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere humid). As it dries it’ll pull away from the edges of the mould.
To use, run the dry bar under some warm water and glide it over your skin, leaving a thin layer of clay. Let it dry for a few moments before rinsing it off and following up with some argan oil. Let the bar dry completely between uses.