I grew up washing my face with Neutrogena soap. Every day, without fail. So part of me still loves a good bar of soap to wash away the day’s dirt and makeup.
Nowadays my skin needs something more gentle, and this goat’s milk soap with soft bentonite clay, almond oil and vanilla soothes as well as cleanses.
How to make a clay face soap bar
With Mother’s Day around the corner it’s a good time to pick up a block of melt and pour soap from the craft store and play around with making a big batch of soaps for gifts. I used the goat’s milk glycerin soap because I love the creamy texture.
And the soap bases are perfect for getting creative with making your own skincare formulation. Here’s what we used for our facial soap:
Goat’s milk glycerin soap: You can find 2-pound blocks of soap at most craft stores. Goat’s milk is naturally high in vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in butterfat, which makes it the perfect moisturizer. Vitamin E, which is beneficial to the skin, is found in abundance in this soap.
Bentonite clay: Clay makes an excellent addition for its ability to draw out impurities and dry up excess oil.
Almond oil: One of my favorite skin oils, almond oil is easily absorbed into the skin. You can substitute whatever oil you prefer if you have allergies.
Soap mold: I’m always on the hunt for easy ways to recycle, and I almost always use milk containers for my molds (like with this pink soap). A creamer container was the perfect ‘loaf’ shape!
Cut at least three sides of the creamer container. You want the sides and bottom of the container to stay in tact so you can pour in the soap. You can even put some fun stuff in the bottom of the container, like herbs or dried flowers, if you want something pretty at the top of your soap.
I should have put some ground almonds for exfoliation or maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon for color. I hate when I have ideas after the fact!
After your soap has hardened just tear away the container. Then cut the soap into whatever sizes and shapes you want and package them up for gifts.
Also, quick note, I learned after the fact that I should have spritzed the top of my soap loaf with alcohol to get rid of the bubbles. Do that and you’ll get a smoother finish.
Homemade Almond Vanilla Clay Facial Soaps
- Soap mold or recycled container
- 1 pound 16 oz goat's milk glycerin soap
- 8 tablespoons distilled water
- 8 tablespoons almond oil
- 2 tablespoons Bentonite clay
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essential oil
- Cut soap into small chunks and place in a heat-proof bowl. Melt in the microwave in 20-second intervals. Stir between each round to break up large chunks.
- While the soap is melting, put the clay in a separate small bowl. Add enough water to make a paste with the clay.
- Prepare your soap mold. Cut the top of a Silk Almond Creamer container to make a soap loaf.
- When the soap is completely melted and has stopped steaming, add the water, almond oil, essential oil and clay.
- Whisk the soap until fluffy to combine the ingredients.
- Pour into your soap mold. Spritz the top of the soap with rubbing alcohol to remove any bubbles.
- Let the soap harden for 1-2 hours then remove from the mold.
- Cut the soap into your desired thickness.
Photos by Ana-Maria Stanciu153
Can I make a liquid version of this?
Kreative Quest says
What if I use just glycerin soap base and add in milk powder? Actually I have this 2 kgs of glycerine MP base lying around so just wondering if I can add in milk powder to it and if yes; then in what qty?
Stephanie Gerber says
Yes, you can definitely do that. We added goat milk powder in this goat milk soap recipe.
I’m confused, it states one pound of soap but then has 8 ounces listed. I thought a pound was 16 ounces. Maybe it should have been one cup?
Did you ever figure out the correct proportions and make this soap? I’d love to make it this weekend, but I’m wondering about the amount of soap used.
Stephanie Gerber says
You’re right! Thanks for catching that, I updated the recipe
Hi, this recipe sounds great. But I wonder if you need to add preservative since you use water as an ingredient and I read that clay is a good breeding ground for bacteria. And what is the shelf life? Thanks.
I thought I would reply, apologies if someone else has answered your question. With soap, there is no requirement to use preservatives. The saponification process removes any traces of bacteria and the water evaporates. With melt and pour it isnt required either, but to be fair you dont generally need to add water to a melt n pour base…just your additives.
As to the clay it get bound to the oil and changes structure. Unless you add too much but in any case the saop would crumble if you did. 1tsp per pound of soap is a rule of thumb.
One thing to note though ia Vanilla is not an essential oil but an Absolute. The difference is in the processing and vanilla absolute is extracted using a solvent as it is impossible to isolate the aromatic molecule frim vanilla using distillation. It is pricy. Please dont be tempted to use vanilla extract or any flavouring in soap as it is not compatible and will seize the mix.
If your budget doesnt stretch to vanilla absolute, you could just scrape the contents of a small vanilla pod into the soap.
Shelf life, it should tell you in your melt and pour base.
I hope this helps and happy soap making.
I will definitely try this. I used to make soap from scratch, but I don’t have time to do that anymore. Thanks for the quick version of making soap.
Is this a good soap for an oily skin?
If not can you redirect me to another recipe of yours?
Really loved the scrubs that you posted, but I want something for a daily use…