This herbal vinegar face soap recipe features sage for its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties, plus chlorella, a nutritious algae that has impressive acne fighting and anti-aging skin benefits.
It’s especially helpful for those with normal to oily, or acne-prone skin.
Sage & Chlorella – for potential skin benefits & natural color
This face soap recipe features sage (Salvia officinalis) for its astringent, bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties. (source)
Sage can also be used in oil and water infusions as a subtle natural colorant. In this recipe, I infuse it in vinegar.
The soap also stars chlorella, an algae that’s been studied for some pretty impressive skin benefits. It also has the added bonus of turning your soap a pretty color that starts off dark green, but lightens over time.
Here’s some reading on Chlorella that demonstrates why it could be a good ingredient for facial soap recipes:
- Inhibits Propionibacterium acnes strains (bacteria linked to acne) & has anti-inflammatory properties (source)
- “Chlorella species can provide promising extracts rich in antioxidants, anti-aging, and skin-whitening ingredients” (source)
Chlorella is one of the first natural colorants I experimented with when I started making soap and it remains a favorite to this day. I use it to replace spirulina in soap recipes since it doesn’t fade as quickly, especially if you cure and store the soaps in a dark area.
You can buy organic chlorella powder (Chlorella vulgaris) from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Sage & Apple Cider Vinegar Face Soap Recipe
Oils & Butters:
- 12 oz (340 g) olive oil
- 6 oz (170 g) coconut oil
- 4 oz (113 g) sunflower oil
- 3 oz (85 g) grapeseed oil
- 3 oz (85 g) jojoba oil
- 3.65 oz (104 g) sodium hydroxide (NaOH)
- 7 oz (198 g) distilled water
- 2 tsp chlorella
- 2 oz (57 g) sage infused vinegar (see below)
Recipe Notes & Tips:
To make this soap, you’ll first need to make a sage infused vinegar: Fill a half-pint or jelly jar about 1/4 to 1/2 of the way with fresh sage, then fill the rest of the way with apple cider vinegar. (If using dried sage, fill 1/8 to 1/4 of the way with dried herb instead.) Infuse for at least one day or up to a week, then strain for use in this recipe. Extra vinegar can be added to bath water, or diluted and used as a hair rinse.
For variety, try using thyme, yarrow or rosemary infused vinegar instead. (All 3 of these could be helpful for acne-prone skin.)
Make the lye solution with just the distilled water. Stir the chlorella into the lye solution while it’s still hot.
Add the infused vinegar to the lye solution after it has cooled, then blend the lye solution/vinegar mixture with the warmed oils.
When made as listed above, this recipe may be helpful for normal to oily, and/or acne prone skin.
Sunflower oil can be replaced with sweet almond, rice bran or safflower oil, while grapeseed oil can be replaced with hemp or avocado oil. Substituting oils will give slightly different properties to the finished soap though.
Allow the soap to cure a minimum of 4 weeks before using. Because of the higher amount of “soft” oils in this recipe, it will harden and improve even more as it ages.
Soap Stamp Source:
I bought the soap stamp shown in the photo from Bramble Berry but it’s since been discontinued.
UPDATE: Thanks to Sally T. we have a new source for the stamp! You can find it listed as “ZF017B Elegant Acrylic Soap Stamp” in the Kudosoap Etsy shop.
You can also find a similar “Swaying Tree” soap stamp in the SoapRepublic Etsy shop. I have that stamp too and love it equally as well!
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