How to Make Rosehip Butter Soap for Skin With Rosacea

Updated on March 29, 2018

I created this rosehip butter facial and body soap in reaction to my sister’s rosacea. It's also the answer to one of the most frequently asked questions by my customers: "What can you suggest that's gentle for people with sensitive rosacea skin?"

There are still several theories out there as to what causes acne and rosacea to begin with—it's been a puzzle, even for doctors. But one of the theories is that rosacea is caused by bacteria that gets under the skin... so, that was the theory I based my approach on when creating this rosacea care soap.

Rosehip Butter Rosacea Soap Bar
Rosehip Butter Rosacea Soap Bar

Alleviate Symptoms of Rosacea With Soap

Rosacea—the frustrating burning pink blush that affects delicate, sensitive skin—is greatly improved by cleansing the face with a mild, natural soap. This soap-making tutorial is not recommended as a treatment to heal rosacea, only to alleviate symptoms of the skin condition by using 100% natural ingredients like organic dried chamomile powder for chamomile water, and oils like rosehip, butters, and pure essential oils that are known to help skin with symptoms of rosacea.

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Benefits of Rosehip Oil

  • It's a great natural skin moisturizer.
  • Research has indicated that it may have benefits for reducing some scars.
  • It aids in reducing redness associated with facial rosacea.
  • It improves the appearance of psoriasis scars.
  • Many acne sufferers find that it can improve the quality of their skin.
  • It reduces the appearance of premature aging skin as it can reduce wrinkles, crow's feet, and fine lines.
  • It's a great treatment for dry skin.
  • It's good for your after-sun skincare regime.

Handling Lye Safely

New to Soap-Making?

If you are new to soap-making, you might want to check this video by 'Essential Soap' on safely handling lye. The are many video tutorials on YouTube that can get you started on making your own natural soaps and later on creating your own recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 300g [50/50 – cold distilled water/chamomile water (Boil distilled water and simmer it with chamomile flowers or powdered chamomile for 15-20 minutes, e.g. 1:4 proportions, 25g chamomile powder or dried chamomile flowers:100g distilled water.)]
  • 120g chamomile water + *natural preservatives
  • 1/8 tsp sodium bicarbonate
  • 6g (0.5%) potassium sorbate
  • 166.5g lye or caustic soda
  • 360g virgin olive oil
  • 300g coconut oil (VCO is preferred)
  • 234g palm oil (from a sustainable source)
  • 120g castor oil
  • 60g shea butter (organic unrefined)
  • 60g cocoa butter (organic unrefined)
  • 60g rosehip oil (organic is preferred)
  • 6g stearic acid
  • 19g lemongrass essential oil
  • 6g tea tree essential oil
  • 5g peppermint essential oil

You may use pure chamomile teabags for convenience.
You may use pure chamomile teabags for convenience.

Let's Start Making Soap!

Step 1

First, weigh out all of your ingredients.

Combine palm oil and stearic acid in a microwave safe or heat-safe pot, and warm oils in the microwave or a double boiler to melt all solid oils.

  • 234g palm oil (from a sustainable source)
  • 6g stearic acid

When melted, remove from the microwave or double boiler. Add in the other base oils. Then, pour on your crockpot set on 'High' and cover.

  • 360g virgin olive oil
  • 300g coconut oil (VCO is preferred)
  • 120g castor oil
  • 60g shea butter (organic unrefined)
  • 60g cocoa butter (organic unrefined)
  • 60g rosehip oil (organic is preferred)

Step 2

Weigh out your lye.

Add lye/caustic soda here-for lye-chamomile-water solution.

  • 300g (50/50 – cold purified or distilled water/chamomile water or chamomile tea.) Stir until clear and all is lye dissolved.

We don't need to cool the temperature of our lye-chamomile solution. Once all your base oils and butters are completely melted, proceed to the next step.

Step 3

The temperature of both oils and lye-chamomile water solution by this time should be in the same range. The temperature of the new lye solution will rise up and this should give the same temperature on heated oils in your crockpot.

Then, add the lye-chamomile-water solution to your mixed oils in the soap pot. Stirring manually and stick blending in on and off technique. Bring to light trace.

Step 4

Light Trace: Add in below, stirring manually and stick blending in on and off technique (alternating this technique).

  • 120g chamomile water + *natural preservatives

Step 5

Bring the soap mixture to trace. Cover your crock pot. This is the time where we neutralize our soap and wait for the translucent stage to complete. Your soap mixture will turn from opaque to translucent.

Do not leave your cooking soap. In just a matter of minutes it will rise up and, if it's left unattended, you'll end up with soap mixture all over your work counter. Check once in a while a give it a stir, and cover, stir, cover, until the translucent stage is done.

Step 6

Upon reaching the neutral stage (translucent stage), turn crock pot on 'low' and add the following, mix well, then turn crock pot 'off'.

  • 19g lemongrass essential oil
  • 6g tea tree essential oil
  • 5g peppermint essential oil

Then, glop on your mould and cover.

Step 7

Unmould after 24 hours or as soon as the soap is no longer hot. Cut, stamp if desired, and let cure for 4-6 weeks. Your soap can actually be used right away, but the longer it cures, the milder and more economical your soap bars will be.

The Finished Product

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