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loolee
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« on: May 23, 2012, 06:46:16 AM »

I want two formulas, one for me that is not drying and one for my acne prone teenage daughter.

What ingredients should I look at?
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2012, 09:06:54 AM »

There are some good posts here on soap for face/sensitive skin (which the face is.) Just type those words in the search engine. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2012, 12:49:52 AM »

For non-drying, you want a recipe with a low cleansing value.  High cleansing values indicate a recipe that strips the skins natural oils.

For acne, researce all your oils and check that they are non-comedogenic.  From my own notes these are oils appropriate for acne in one way or another: Olive, coconut, neem, babassu, jojoba, argan, kokum butter.  Tea tree oil is great for acne.  You would use tea tree as if it was an EO or FO in the recipe.

If even one oil in the acne recipe is comedogenic it completely defeats the purpose.  They all have to be noncomedogenic.

I would stay away from shea butter when making a face soap for someone acne prone.  Its comedogenic and some people comment that it makes them break out. One of my first recipes had 5% shea and I started using it as face soap.  It doesn't make me break out but I would not use my 25% shea bar on my face.
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2012, 04:02:56 AM »

Lard makes a great additive to soap- it makes the soap super moisturizing and helps to give you a harder bar of soap.  Honest.  I just played around and came up with this. 

Lard 20 oz
hemp butter 10 oz
castor oil 8 oz
sweet almond oil infused with calendula 20 oz
cocoa butter  17 oz
(sodium lactate opt)  2 oz.

Hardness 30
cleansing 0
condition 67
bubbly 10
creamy 39
iodine 79
Ins 116

If you use an equivalent amount of shea butter instead of hemp- you get a little 5 points more hardness and 5 points less condition. 
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2012, 05:15:08 AM »

thanks!  I read a ton yesterday and made notes on all the different things good for acne.

I like that recipe river house!  I may make that for myself!

I purchased an acne bar from Kathy Miller and i see a definite improvement in my daughters skin just from using her bar.  I may just keep using that... I"m a firm believer in that changing stuff up to much on your face is bad for it.  But I see that her nose is clearer, less oily, and less inflamed.
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2012, 05:53:59 AM »

I had the same thought and am probably going to make it today!~ LOL  Should I leave all scent out you think?
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2012, 06:05:12 AM »

I don't have hardly any EO's, but yesterday I read that lavendar, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus and anise are good for problem skin.  So I'd use one of those, if you have them.  don't use lavender because I hate that scent.  LOL
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2012, 06:43:27 AM »

Riverhouse,  Have you ever made a soap with zero cleansing before?  What did you think of it?
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2012, 07:01:13 AM »

I never have- hence my desire to give my recipe a try.  Everyone here swears by it though.  And all soap cleans whether it has a cleansing number of 0 or not.  Zero is the number you shoot for for facial soap/sensitive skin soap. 
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2012, 07:16:35 AM »

Here is a chart on Non-Comedogenic Oils http://www.soapnuts.com/noncomo.html
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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2012, 07:34:46 AM »

I know that lard isn't on the list- but honestly it is extremely wonderful for sensitive skin- it really does NOT clog pores. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2012, 08:23:08 AM »

I also noticed that hemp butter isn't on the non-com list  and it is incredibly wonderful for skin- especially the face.   I just made the soap recipe I invented above (with the hemp butter.  Did not scent it - and colored with some kaolin clay.  I did use calendula infused sweet almond oil.  The soap is now in the molds- hoping everything goes as planned.  (Silicone round molds wholesale supplies plus- I love these molds! )  I used a 1:15 water lye ratio (drastic water discount) and it was nice trace- no rush or acceleration - of course I didn't use any scent either.  So now I am anxious to try it out.  LOL
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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2012, 08:45:56 AM »

River please let me know how your bar turns out, especially because it contains lard, which I use in most of my soaps.  Your recipe is interesting...
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« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2012, 09:24:38 AM »

Lard is so moisturizing and it is wonderful in soap isn't it!  Smiley  I guess I could have used palm kernel flakes- but I just love my lard. Ha!  I will let you know about the soap.  So far no gel (for some reason my water reduced soap never gels?) but the soap is firming up nicely in the molds. 
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« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2012, 01:26:39 PM »

My pink ribbon soap is a zero cleansing.  When I spoke with the Nurses at the Cancer clinic they said to have a soap that was as close to zero cleansing as you could get for someone going through cancer treatments.
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