After falling madly in love with my gentle cleansing balm, I just had to keep playing with the idea. Sabine mentioned that she liked to wash her face with my DIY Egyptian Magic, and that sounded like the perfect place to start playing. Cleansing balm + Egyptian Magic = Egyptian Magic cleansing balm. Sounds good to me!
The sudsy base of this cleansing balm is some undiluted homemade liquid soap paste. I like to whip up a batch and keep it on hand for all kinds of projects—everything from liquid shampoo to body wash to this cleansing balm.
Instead of softening the soap paste with water, as you would to turn it into liquid soap, I’ve blended it with the key ingredients in Egyptian Magic—minus the beeswax, which likes to hang around afterwards and leave your skin unpleasantly sticky.
Olive oil thins the paste out a bit and adds a nice dose of moisture to the balm, and some clay adds a bit of extra scrubbing and cleansing power. Some added soy lecithin keeps the olive oil from oozing out of the mixture—I don’t recommend eliminating it unless you want your cleansing balm floating in a pool of olive oil. It also brings added moisturizing and softening properties to the balm.
Pollen, propolis, and honey bring all kinds of bee goodies to the mix. Pollen is loaded with vitamins and minerals, and propolis is a powerful antiseptic—great for cleaning and healing. Raw honey is a powerful antibacterial, loaded with beneficial enzymes.
The final cleansing balm is soft and smooth, and cleans the skin gently. If you love Egyptian Magic, you’ll love this Egyptian Magic cleansing balm.
Egyptian Magic Cleansing Balm
30g | 1.05oz liquid soap paste
30g | 1.05oz olive oil
1 tbsp kaolin clay
½ tsp bee pollen
10 drops Bee propolis tincture (you can also make your own from raw propolis)
½ tsp raw honey
14g | 0.49oz liquid soy lecithin or sunflower lecithin
Combine the liquid soap paste, olive oil, clay, pollen, propolis, honey, and lecithin in a bowl and beat together with electric beaters until thoroughly and uniformly blended.
Decant into a 60mL/2oz container. To use, massage into damp skin and rinse off.
Lecithin is an oil-soluble emulsifier that keeps the olive oil from oozing out of the soap paste as well as adding conditioning properties. At this time I know of no suitable alternatives.