There are a few soap recipes that I make every week, because they have become staples in my hygiene regimen and my family’s. These are soaps that I cannot live without and I highly suggest you give them a try.

1. Bring the heat!

Capsaicin, the spicy component of cayenne pepper, is a well documented anti-inflammatory. It has been used to treat a whole range of skin conditions, including psoriasis and eczema. In fact, my son can testify to the effectiveness of cayenne pepper to treat his psoriasis. He’s had psoriasis all of his life and when I heard about the potential of cayenne pepper, I decided to make some for him to try.  According to him, it is great for managing mild flare ups and actually feels great on the skin.  There’s no burning sensation and it has a mild fruity smell to it. Although, he has stated that it doesn’t do well for severe flare ups, but I’m sure everyone will have different results.

2. The Great Absorber

Charcoal has been used as a teeth whitener and face mask, as it is great at absorbing toxins and tannings. However, I was unsure of how it would turn out as a body soap. Fortunately, it turned out to be one of my favorite soaps and it’s one I make sure to always have in the shower. It leaves your skin feeling almost scary smooth and it leaves no residue, something I was initially worried about. I also don’t add any fragrance to my charcoal soap formula, because it makes your skin smell wonderful. It makes your skin smell like… nice skin. It’s difficult to explain and it may not be for everyone, but I love it!

3. Play in some Clay!

I recommend green clay soap to everyone, but especially people who have oily skin. It does a fantastic job at removing excess oil, but leaving the skin moisturized and clean. It’s great for minor breakouts, redness and inflammation. It draws out toxins and impurities, and contains skin-nourishing minerals such as calcium, potassium, silicon and copper. It’s also been known to be helpful to treat rosacea and make the skin look brighter and even-toned.

4. Olive oil you!

I bet you could have guessed this one, but olive oil is fantastic for the skin and has many vitamins to help nourish your skin. It includes antioxidants vitamins E and A, which fight free radicals — and the benefits are there regardless of whether the oil is ingested or rubbed into your skin in the form of soap. Olive oil soap cleanses your skin without stripping away the natural oils — so you don’t end up dry and flaky. Also, olive oil soap is hypoallergenic, so you are less likely to experience an allergic reaction when using it.