The fall always does a number on my skin - it get so red, dry and irritated! Since I first tried Lisa's Rose Clay and Oatmeal Cleansing Bar about a year and a half ago, it's my go-to DIY soap-free cleanser for the changing of the seasons! It can be made with items that are obtainable from the grocery store, with some bonus ingredients if you're feeling fancy (or have a well-stocked oil and butter pantry)!
10 gr Kokum Butter (can be replaced with cocoa butter)*
40 gr Cocoa butter
50 gr Coconut Oil
45 ml Castor Oil
40 ml Almond Oil (you could consider olive oil also)*
15 gr pink clay
10 gr oats - ground as close to a powder as possible
40 gr white kaolin clay
10-12 dried rosebuds - (rosa gallica) (these aren't necessary for me, they tend to irritate my skin)*
a few drops of rose absolute (this isn't necessary either, if you don't have a skin-safe essential oil on hand)*
I also mixed the castor and almond oils together, added the finely-crushed rosebuds, and put that on the stove to heat up and infuse the oils.
Once everything was melted or heated, I combined them together, added the white clay and oats, added a few drops of the rose absolute oil, and mixed until even.
I poured half of the mixture into my 2-lb silicone loaf mold and put in the freezer for a few minutes to harden. I mixed the rose clay in the remaining portion and poured on top of the hardened layer and put in the fridge for a few hours to harden. If you don't have a bread pan to use, consider pouring the mixture into ice cube molds, or a plastic container, or whatever you've got!
Since this cleanser doesn't contain preservatives (which is fine, since it also doesn't contain any water) and is also quite soft at room temperature, it's best to store the bar wrapped in a paper towel in an air-tight container in the fridge (to keep out the fridge smells). Each application is about 1 tsp or so, so I have broken a few pieces to keep in a small bowl in the bathroom. Make sure to use this size bar within a few days to avoid gross nasties growing!
I started to use the bars as an evening cleanser, leaving it on for 5-10 minutes before bed. For me, that is perfect - the scent is nice and relaxing and puts me in a good sleeping mood and my face has some time to absorb the oil while I sleep. Others may choose to cleanse with this bar in the morning also - up to you and your face!