This recipe uses glycerin soap. It’s slightly soft, nonscented, uncolored. I prefer this soap in my skincare routine because it doesn’t have a rich lather, or anything else for that matter (no dyes, no chemicals, nuttin). Its extra beneficial because it has most of its fatty compounds still intact, leaving you with a natural product that won’t dry out your skin.
Why Mint & Lemon?
Peppermint EO’s are renown for nourishing and hydrating dull skin while also improving the condition of oily skin. Bam! It also reduces irritation, so it’s great for those blemishes. And lemon? It’s antibacterial and an astringent, so it’s a great way to get deep down clean. It’s also supposed to improve signs of aging, so goodbye age spots!
Shred the soap. You’re only going to need a tiny bit.
And add it into your hot water. It won’t take much for these soft soap crumbles to dissolve, so just give em a little stir.
Once your mixture has a chance to cool down a little add your EO’s. I chose mint and lemon, although there are a ton of other oils you could choose from.
Add to your container. I recommend glass, but this is a great way to recycle your plastic containers as well. This one’s been used several times (as you can tell) and still going strong.
This mixture is not the typical thick, gooey cleanser that you may be used to. It’s mostly water and the consistency reflects that. This is where having a pump will come in handy. Just use one (maybe two) squirts and that’s it. Remember, a little goes a long way.
As you can see there are some bubbles in here when everything is agitated, but there’s not many. This may take some getting used to, and I admit that I was skeptical at first. But after checking with a few skincare professionals and doing my own freelance research I realized that no suds=the way to go.
Foam is often triggered by the very chemicals that we’re trying to keep out of our skincare routine (Sodium laureth sulphate, anyone?) and usually means that there is a surfactant that is stripping away all of the oils on the skin, which is no bueno and often results in your skin producing extra oil to make up for all that was lost. It’s a vicious cycle, you know? But trust me, it’s a cycle that’s easily broken by skincare products like these!
So please, give this recipe a try and if you do let me know how it works for you.
- In a saucepan bring the water to a boil. Remove the pan from heat.
- Add glycerin soap, stirring until it dissolves. Allow the mixture to cool.
- Add the lemon oil and peppermint and stir until well blended.
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