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How to Make a Surfactant-Free Body Wash Bar

Written by: | May 24, 2021 | 4 responses

Solid bath products are very in–think shampoo bars and bath bombs. Today we have our own take: a cleansing and hydrating body wash bar rich in plant oils and gentle enough for sensitive skin. If you have a mold for this bar, you’re all set!

This solid cleansing bar melts onto your skin like a dream in the shower or bath. The Kaolin Clay gently cleanses skin while the butters and macadamia nut oil leave skin feeling silky soft. Add your own oatmeal to help soothe skin for an all-around body wash bar you and your customers will love! Add scent to customize this recipe and make it your own.

This recipe does not use a surfactant, meaning it is a little more gentle on sensitive skin (though it does use nut butters). If you’d like to learn more about surfactants, what they do, and how they work, check out this blog on surfactants.

Follow along with Teeneke in the video, or jump down to written instructions and links to buy your own luxurious ingredients:

Equipment You’ll Need

• Glass or non-metal Mixing Bowl
• Measuring cups/spoons or scale
• Stovetop safe beaker or pot
• Silicone soap molds – any shape or size – we used 3oz molds

Difficulty Level: Moderate
Approximate yield: 1 Pound (approximately 5 – 6 3oz bars)
Approximate cost per pound: $11.00
Suggested packaging: Soap bar packaging – check out our video –
Suggested retail price: $5 – $8 per bar

Ingredient                        lbs        Kitchen       %

Kaolin Clay                     0.3030      1 ¾ Cup     30%
Cocoa Butter Wafers           0.2020      ¾ Cup       20%
Macadamia Nut Oil            0.1515       1/3 Cup      15%
Goat Milk Powder              0.0909      1/3 Cup      10%
Organic Shea Butter           0.1010       ¼ Cup        10%
Oatmeal                        0.1515       ¾ Cup       15%


Directions – Body Wash Bar

1. In a glass or non-metal bowl, add kaolin clay, goat milk powder, and oatmeal. Mix together using a wooden or non-metal utensil. Set aside and move to the next step.
2. Add the cocoa butter wafers and macadamia nut oil to your beaker or pot. Heat until fully melted then remove from heat and add shea butter. The residual heat should melt the shea butter, but if it isn’t melting, gently heat until fully melted.
3. Pour melted butters and oils onto the dry mixture in your glass or non-metal bowl. Mix slowly and gently with a non-metal utensil until uniform and smooth.
4. Pour into your silicone molds and refrigerate until fully solid. This took about 1 hour for our bars.
5. Use in the bath or shower in place of soap bars!

Please note that this recipe has not been challenge tested for preservation efficacy. Even though the recipe provided is anhydrous, if you use this recipe for market sales, it is up to you to ensure the safety of the product.

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