Thursday, February 10, 2011

Acne Battle Bar Recipe

Upon request, here's the recipe for a soap that's great to help with acne prone skin. Contains natural antibacterial agents that can treat existing acne and prevent pimples, and also contains ingredients to help with scarring.

  • A double boiler; a 1 litre glass measuring cup (like Pyrex) and a pot of simmering water
  • a mould for the soap. you can use a thick plastic tupperware container
  • a weighing scale
  • a spoon for stirring
  • 600g of glycerin (transparent or opaque) soap base/ noodles
  • 100ml of Rose Water (optional; can substitute with 50ml of distilled water)
  • 15ml Neem oil (i get mine form Brickfields, may be found in Indian shops)
  • 15g sandalwood powder (hard to get here, i got mine form India. Can be substituted with 5g of turmeric powder)
  • 3g of crushed neem leaves (optional)
  • 50 drops of Tea Tree oil (from 360Beauty or selected pharmacies)
  1. Cut the glycerin soap into small 1-inch cubes so that they can melt easier. Put into glass measuring cup.
  2. Place the glass measuring cup into your pot of simmering (not boiling) water. Water level should reach to about half of the measuring cup. Leave it until all soap has completely melted, will take about 15 - 20 minutes.
  3. Once soap has melted, take off from heat. Pour in all the ingredients (except tea tree oil) and stir gently with a spoon until properly combined.
  4. Let the soap mixture cool off a bit for another 5 - 10 minutes. It will thicken slightly.
  5. Add in tea tree oil and stir again.
  6. Pour soap mixture into your mould and leave it to cool and harden. Will take at least 3 - 5 hours.
  7. Once it has cooled down totally and is completely harden, take it out from the mould by gently twisting the container upside down. The soap block should slowly fall out. If it does not, place the container in the freezer for about 10 minutes and try again.
  8. You can then cut the soap into a size that is convenient for you. All unused soap should be cling wrapped and kept in the fridge till ready to use. 
  9. This recipe makes about 6 regular sized soaps. The colour of the soap may vary depending on the ingredients, so don't fret if your soap turns out more yellowish than the pic shown above.

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