Soap for dry and delicate skin
But I have just always felt comfortable with cleaning my face with a soap bar rather than with cleansing milks, cold creams or liquids of any kind. I like to rinse stuff off my face with water. Tissuing off some cream just doesn't feel like cleaning the face to me. But then I never had particularly dry skin. But now I guess my skin is a bit dry and I like to treat my face gently. So I like to do experiments to make gentle soaps for the face. That is not to say that they don't end up being used in the shower as all over soap.
I tend to make these recipes up as I go along. Very often I get one fairly simple idea ("I should make soap with honey and coconut milk and almond oil for the face") and then it gets a bit more complicated as I open drawers and find all my oils ("O o o, I really should add some Jojoba oil!" and "Rose hip is really nice for older skin, I should try that"). So here is one of those rather complicated recipes. I tend not to put any fragrance in facial soaps since I like them to be as free from allergens as possible. But I can just imagine that this recipe would be nice with a soft feminine scent.
I love the soap and I have to admit that I use it all over in the shower. It is also a nice size to take to the gym and I do that.
Facial soap for dry and delicate skin:
30% Coconut oil - 150 g / 5.3 oz
20% Olive oil - 100 g / 3.5 oz
20% Almond oil - 100 g / 3.5 oz
10% Avocado - 50 g / 1.8 oz
8% Castor oil - 40 g / 1.4 oz
5% Rose hip oil - 25 g / 0.9 oz
5% Jojoba wax - 25 g / 0.9 oz
2% Shea butter - 10 g / 0.35 oz
For the liquid I used semi-frozen Coconut milk to which I added 1 tsp honey dissolved in a bit of water. This together should amount to 165 g / 5.8 oz
Lye 69 g / 2.5 oz
This time I used 5% SF (but check in a lye calculator as always, especially the ounzes, they are approximate since I use the grams myself).
I dissolved the lye in the half frozen Coconut milk/honey liquid and watched it turn a bright red. This then turn into a beautiful yellow when the liquid had been added to the oils. The soap hardens pretty quickly so don't wait too long to pour into molds. I poured this into my pastry molds that had been covered in cling wrap (they are aluminium). The soap doesn't stay a sunny yellow unfortunately, but turns that nice honey colour when it is cured.