I’m going to show you how to make this easy homemade charcoal in soap facial bar. This is an incredibly easy way to make your own melt and pour bar soap with just three main ingredients, including essential oils. If you suffer from mild acne, using this charcoal in soap could be better for your skin than other harsher cleaning products.
What You’ll Need for DIY Charcoal in Soap with Clay and Essential Oils:
- 2 lb block of Goats Milk Glycerin Melt & Pour Soap Base – this is enough for 12 bars
- Silicone Mold
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- 1 Tbsp activated charcoal
- 1 tbsp of Indian Healing Clay
- Royalty Golden Mica Powder
- 2 cup glass measuring cup
- Glass spray bottle with 50/50 isopropyl alcohol and water
One note about the goat’s milk glycerin melt: you can find cheaper blocks of goat’s milk soap online, but let me caution you. Since I always try to save money, I’ve tried them and they do NOT work as well.
The cheaper blocks of goat’s milk soap don’t melt as smoothly and they are not as natural. Take my word for it; pay the extra couple of dollars and get Dr. Adorables Goat’s milk soap base! (Not a sponsored opinion either!)
The large block of the goat’s milk soap base is smooth and silky, and it cuts easily with a kitchen knife. Slice the soap base into strips, then cubes, and place them inside the microwave-safe measuring cup.
My Pyrex glass measuring cup holds about half of the soap – so I made these charcoal and clay soap bars in 2 different batches.
Microwave your first batch of soap cubes for 1 minute. Take it out and stir; you’ll see that it’s starting to melt. Put it back in the microwave for another 30 seconds and stir again.
Repeat until all the solid soap is melted. It will be about 3 minutes total of cooking time.
Then add 1 tbsp of activated charcoal powder.
Have you noticed that charcoal is creeping its way into so many of our personal skin care products? Especially face masks?
The reason is that charcoal is superior when it comes to binding to impurities that can be on our skin. That is why we want charcoal in soaps! (That’s also why its the main ingredient in water filters!)
Both excess oil or environmental toxins will bind to the charcoal and will be washed down the drain. This will help you if you suffer from mild acne or even clogged pores. The dirt and oil combo that is in clogged pores can be bound to the charcoal first before it builds up in your pores.
Then add 1 tablespoon of Indian Healing Clay. It’s made up of natural sodium bentonite clay. This clay is known for deep pore cleansing, and for detoxifying & rejuvenating skin, which is why I wanted to add it to this soap!
After you add your powdered clay and charcoal, it will take a few minutes of stirring to get a smooth consistency without any charcoal or clay lumps.
Let the soap rest in between stirrings and you’ll see more small clumps of charcoal float to the top. Then stir those back in.
Continue stirring until you don’t see any more small clumps of charcoal or clay powder.
The three essential oils I chose for this are lavender, tea tree and peppermint.
You will want to add 15-20 drops of each essential oil to your melted soap base. If you like a stronger smell, especially of just one of them, then add up to 30 drops.
I chose lavender to add to this soap because it is so healthy and healing for your skin. It helps promote healing of any blemishes on your face.
Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and a tissue regenerator, also making it phenomenal for skin healing. Peppermint is cooling on your face and brings a nice cool tone the scent of the bar.
This next stage is completely optional, but I like the shiny and shimmery addition of mica powder to this soap. I started by just adding 1/4 of a teaspoon, but ended up doubling that to 1/2 a teaspoon to get the shimmery effect I was looking for.
Make sure your soap is well mixed with no clumps of charcoal, clay or mica powder. If your soap starts to cool and harden around the edges while stirring, go ahead and stick it back in the microwave for 30 seconds to re-melt all of it before you pour it into the mold.
You’ll probably notice some bubbles as you pour your soap into your molds. If you want a smooth bar of soap on the bottom with no bubbles, spritz it with a mixture of 50/50 isopropyl alcohol and water. That will make the bubbles pop and you’ll get a nice smooth finish to your soap as it cools and hardens.
Wait a good couple of hours for your charcoal soap to fully cool before you pop it out of the molds.
You’ll end up with 12 charcoal in soap bars after you use the full 2 pounds of soap base. So you can keep a few, or add some decorative ribbon and give them as gifts! (especially with Mother’s Day right around the corner!)
Or you can fill out your info below and get some free printable soap labels that you can cut out and wrap around each charcoal soap bar before adding them to a gift basket!
Looking for more homemade soap making ideas? Check these out:
Easy Melt & Pour Lavender & Rose Soap with Gold Mica Powder – includes FREE printable soap labels
Easy Melt & Pour Rose Scented Soap with Glycerin & Goats Milk – includes FREE printable soap labels
Easy Melt & Pour Orange Creamsicle Scented Soap – includes FREE printable soap labels
Lemon Poppy Seed Homemade Soap Recipe – includes FREE printable soap labels
Easy Melt & Pour Ginger and Lime Soap – includes FREE printable soap labels
Can I use glycerin Melt and pour soap base instead of goats milk glycerin melt and pour?
Yes Brittany you can! That’s what I love about these soaps – you can mix and match bases with different oils and create your own custom bar!
Could I also use Shea Butter or cocoa butter?
Could I also use Shea butter or cocoa butter?
Yes! Any melt soap bases will work!
Mike Daw says
I was wondering, you said you did half of the soap base at a time, should I use 1/2 tbsp of charcoal and clay in each batch?
Yes – that’s correct! Sorry for the delayed response – I have taken a few days off for the holidays!
Sandy Walden says
I didn’t see a supply list of where you got your products. My grandson & my girlfriends granddaughter are at the age where they are getting acne. 40 yrs ago I had a party with my girlfriends & we made soap using tallow which I rendered myself but haven’t done anything like this. I also added oatmeal.
If you look at the blog post directly, I have a list of materials needed to make it – all with links of where to buy! Hope that helps!