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Tea Tree, Rosemary and Clay Soap Bar

Finished Soap

Finished Soap

Today I wanted to make a bar of soap containing tea tree essential oil, rosemary oleoresin and clay. All of these things have been marketed for aiding in the prevention and cure of acne. But how does one approach a product that with one misplaced word can land you right in the middle of the OTC drug(over the counter drug) camp? Very carefully.

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

Consider what you would do in my shoes. What would you call a bar that has clay, tea tree and rosemary in it? A Blemish Bar? Zit Be Gone? While these are great names, those names also make them drugs, not cosmetics.

You also can’t make a label that calls it a cosmetic while verbally saying it will get rid of acne. This is making claims that puts it into drug status.This means you either have to have some fun names or let the reputation of a product make the sales for you. But when asked “Will this get rid of acne?” your best bet is to answer with “No, this is soap.”

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

So here is my question for you. If you have a product that could be labeled as a drug, how do you keep it a cosmetic and give the product name some creativity? Would you call this soap Dirt from Down Under? Australian Vacation? HELP! In the mean time, come join me for a fabulous soap!

Collect Needed Materials:

Ingredients
Coconut Oil
Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
Olive Oil
Rosemary Extract
French Green Clay
Water
Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Equipment
Scale
Spoon
Soap Bucket
Pipettes
Mold

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
6 oz Coconut Oil
5 oz Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
5 oz Olive Oil
0.16 oz Rosemary Extract
1 tsp French Green Clay
6 fl oz Water
2.31 oz Lye
0.125 oz Tea Tree Essential Oil
Recipe in Grams
170 grams Coconut Oil
142 grams Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
142 grams Olive Oil
Rosemary Extract
1 tsp French Green Clay
178 mL Water
65.5 grams Lye
Tea Tree Essential Oil
Recipe in Percentages
37% Coconut Oil
31% Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
31% Olive Oil
1% Rosemary Extract
Q.S. French Green Clay
Q.S. Water
Q.S. Lye
Q.S. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Weighing Oils

Weighing Oils

Weigh all of the oils into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. While the oils are heating, measure and add the lye to the water to for a lye solution. Never add your water to your lye. This can cause a dangerous volcano. Safety first! Allow the oil and lye solutions to cool to about 115ºF. This recipe has some materials that can accelerate trace. Lower temperatures help prevent this batch from running away on you.

Melted Oils

Melted Oils

Mix the oils and lye solution and blend until a light trace is achieved. Add the clay and essential oil and mix well. Pour into a molds and allow to sit for 24 hours. Cut the soap. Allow the soap to cure. If you need help keeping track of your cure times, try our fabulous cure cards. We can even include them into qualifying orders for free! Enjoy your soap!
Taylor

Measured out Clay and Essential Oil

Measured out Clay and Essential Oil

Adding Lye Solution to Oils

Adding Lye Solution to Oils

Mixing Soap

Mixing Soap

Adding Clay

Adding Clay

Adding Essential Oil

Adding Essential Oil

Pouring Soap into Mold

Pouring Soap into Mold

Soap in the mold

Soap in the mold

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