Did you know apples aren’t only nutritious to eat, but they’re nourishing for your skin too? They contain acids that can brighten the skin and promote natural exfoliation. Just in time for apple season, we’re sharing a few favorite recipes you’ll want to add to your skin-care routine!
-4 dried apple slices
-Soap molds: silicone (4)
-1 lb. goat’s milk melt-and-pour soap base: 1″ cubes
-10 drops clove essential oil
-1 tsp. apple pie spice
-4 cinnamon sticks
Place one apple slice each at the bottom of four silicone soap molds. Add the soap base cubes to a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 30 seconds. Microwave at 10 second intervals, stirring in between until the soap is melted. Quickly stir in the clove essential oil and apple pie spice. Pour into a silicone soap mold, top with a cinnamon stick, and let sit at room temperature for at least 40 minutes. To remove, turn over the soap mold and carefully push on the bottom to pop out the soaps.
-8 tsp. sweet almond oil
-6 drops red soap colorant (optional)
-8 drops apple fragrance oil
-1/4 cup cornstarch
-1/4 cup Epsom salt
-1/2 cup baking soda
-1/4 cup citric acid
-1/2 tsp. cinnamon
-1/4 cup oatmeal
-1/2 tsp. apple pie spice
-2 tsp. witch hazel Glass jars: 4 oz.
-Large mixing bowl
In a small bowl, add sweet almond oil, red soap colorant, and apple fragrance oil. Stir to combine and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cornstarch, Epsom salt, baking soda, and citric acid. Stir well. Add cinnamon, oatmeal, and apple pie spice. Slowly add oil mixture, whisking constantly. Lightly spritz witch hazel into the mixture and continue to whisk until slightly damp and pliable in your hands.
Pour bath fizzies into a glass jar, and store for up to one month. Add a teaspoon or more into your next warm bath.
*To make this soap, you’ll first need to make sage-infused vinegar.
-1/2 pt./jelly jar
-Apple cider vinegar
Fill a 1/2-pint or jelly jar about one-fourth to one-half of the way with fresh sage. Fill the rest of the jar with apple cider vinegar. If using dried sage, fill one-eighth to one-fourth of the way with the dried herb instead. Infuse for at least one day or up to a week. Strain out the sage for use in this recipe. Extra vinegar can be added to bathwater, or diluted and used as a hair rinse. For variety, try using thyme-, yarrow-, or rosemary-infused vinegar instead, all three of which could be helpful for acne-prone skin.
-3.65 oz. sodium hydroxide
-7 oz. distilled water
-2 tsp. chlorella
-2 oz. sage-infused vinegar
-12 oz. olive oil
-6 oz. coconut oil
-4 oz. sunflower oil
-3 oz. grapeseed oil
-3 oz. jojoba oil
-Loaf mold: (Crafter’s Choice Regular Loaf Mold 1501)
Put on safety gear and work outside or in a well-ventilated area. Make the lye solution with the sodium hydroxide and distilled water. Don’t breathe in the fumes. Stir the chlorella into the lye solution while it’s still hot. Add the sage-infused vinegar to the lye solution after it has cooled. Warm the olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil, and jojoba oil to mix together. Blend mixture into the loaf mold, and stamp with a design. Allow the soap to cure a minimum of four weeks before using. Because of the higher amount of “soft” oils in this recipe, it will harden and improve even more as it ages.
Note: Sunflower oil can be replaced with sweet almond, rice bran, or safflower oil, while grapeseed oil can be replaced with hemp or avocado oil. Remember, substituting oils will give slightly different properties to the finished soap.