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Detoxify Your Skin: DIY Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe with Glycerine


About the author: Jinane Doughan is a professional make-up artist with a degree from the French Fashion Institute ESMOD Dubai. She specialized in natural handmade skincare and haircare products.
Her YouTube channel, Jinane World, has 600+ educational videos and 100K+ subscribers.
She is an accredited Master Trainer and gives courses at a reputed academy that has 16 branches worldwide. She sells online courses about natural skincare.
Disclaimer: This article is for educational purposes only and does not constitute professional medical advice. Use any natural skincare or haircare products at your own risk and perform a patch test before use.

Looking for an all-natural way to detoxify your skin? This activated charcoal soap recipe may be just what you need! In this article, we’ll show you how to make your own activated charcoal soap with glycerine.

Using activated charcoal in your soap can help draw out impurities and toxins from your skin, leaving you with a fresh, clean feeling. So, let’s get started with this simple and effective activated charcoal soap recipe that you can easily make at home.

Ingredients Needed

  • Glycerine soap
  • Activated charcoal
  • Gold leaf, if you wish to add some decoration to the soap
  • Medical alcohol 70%

Choose high-quality ingredients to boost the effectiveness and safety of your DIY beauty products. Also, where an essential oil is included in my recipes, I utilize either of two types of essential oils: pure, if added in drops, or diluted, if mixed in grams.

Tools Needed

  • Large beaker
  • Measuring cups
  • Teaspoons
  • Stirring spoon / stick
  • Soap mold

Steps: Charcoal Soap Recipe

1- Add 2 cups of cut glycerine soap to a large beaker.

DIY Charcoal Soap - Adding the glycerine soap
Add the glycerine soap

2- Melt the glycerin soap by placing the beaker in a hot water bath (bain-marie). A hot water bath is done by placing the beaker in a larger pot of hot steaming water. This will gradually melt whatever is inside the beaker without causing it to burn. As the contents melt, make sure to mix every now and then.

You can also melt the glycerin soap by placing the beaker in a microwave for 30 seconds.

DIY Charcoal Soap - We melted the glycerine soap
We melted the glycerine soap

3- Add 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal.

4- Mix the contents for 10-15 seconds.

5- At this stage, it’s important to work quickly so that the mixture doesn’t harden. Pour the soap mix into the soap mold.

6- Spray the mix in the soap mold with medical alcohol 70%. We do this so that bubbles don’t form on the surface of the soap.

7- Wait approximately 2 hours for the soap mix to harden. Alternatively, if you want it to cool and harden fast, you can place the mold in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.

8- Take the soaps out of the mold carefully.

9- Because the soaps are completely black, we can decorate them with gold leaf. This will make the soaps more interesting to use! Just pick up one leaf at a time, and press it down on the surface of a soap. Repeat as you wish. Decorating the soaps with gold leaf is optional.

Activated charcoal soap recipe. Gold leaf for decoration
Gold leaf for decoration
Activated charcoal soap recipe. Final product
Activated charcoal soap recipe. Final product

How To Use: Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe

Start by wetting your skin with lukewarm water.

Next, take the charcoal soap and lather it up in your hands. Then, apply it to your skin. If you’re using the soap for your face, be sure to avoid going near the eye area.

Gently massage the soap on the skin for about 20-30 seconds.

After you’re done, rinse your skin with lukewarm water and pat it dry with a towel. You can now continue with your usual skincare routine.

Note: It’s ideal to use charcoal soap once or twice a day for the best results. However, if you have sensitive skin, it’s better to use it every other day to see how your skin will react to it.

Benefits: Activated Charcoal Soap Recipe

Using charcoal soap provides the following benefits, among others:

  • Cleanses your skin: Charcoal soap has powerful deep cleansing properties that can help absorb dirt and other impurities within your pores. This makes it very effective for people who have acne-prone and oily skin.
  • Soothes your skin: Charcoal soap has anti-inflammatory properties that can help calm and soothe irritated skin. Using it can also reduce the appearance of scars and prevent breakouts.
  • Reduces body odor: By eliminating bacteria that cause sweat, charcoal soap can help reduce body odor. Charcoal soap can absorb sweat, and regularly using it will lead to unpleasant smells in the long run.
  • Has detoxifying properties: This great product can also help detoxify your skin, leaving it feeling revitalized and refreshed. You can attribute this to charcoal’s natural ability to absorb pollutants and toxins from the environment.
  • Improves skin texture: Regularly using charcoal soap can improve your overall skin texture, making it feel softer and smoother.

More articles on DIY natural handmade soaps:

Video How-To on My Channel | Jinane World

The activated charcoal soap recipe is demonstrated in this video.


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