I don’t recommend using soap for the face because it is so effective at removing oil from the skin, which can cause the skin to dry out and become irritated. This oil removal is at times beneficial for very oily skin. However, stripping the skin of its oils with harsh soaps can also cause irritation and further increase oil production. If you are inclined to use soap, try the gentle formula that follows.
Lime Sage Liquid Soap Oily/Acne
A gentle but effective cleanser that cuts grease. This soap has a delicious, subtle aroma of lime with a hint of sage.
Use the following dried and crushed 3 oz. castile soap herbs: 2 teaspoons comfrey root, 1 30 drops lime essential oil teaspoon sage, 1 teaspoon yarrow 20 drops sage essential oil 1 cup water 10 drops tea tree essential oil Make an infusion with herbs and water, then let steep for 8 hours or overnight and strain. Pour strained infusion and liquid castile soap into jar or squeeze bottle. Add essential oils, cap and shake. It is ready for use. Shake before each use. Store in the refrigerator if not used up within a few weeks. Makes about 9 oz. (See notes and variation on following page.)
Note: For a less drying soap decrease the castile soap and/or add less essential oils, and for a more drying soap increase the castile soap.
Variation: You can use plain water in place of the herbal infusion, although the resulting soap will be less cleansing and toning to the skin.