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Activated Charcoal Soap DIY Recipe: Beginner Soaping & Tools

Hi Friends,

Today we are making Activated Charcoal Soap, using a favorite DIY recipe! Can I just say, I find soap making to be one of my favorite ways to practice self care. You start on with ingredients and eventually you end up with beautiful aromatic soaps to use or to gift. It’s sort of like baking.

The measurements are for a smaller batch of soap but if you would like to make more simply double your recipe. I may try to reduce the recipe to an even smaller batch next time. Activated Charcoal is a great soap to help treat acne prone skin.

So let’s quickly cover the benefits of activated charcoal for skin and acne. Being that Activated Charcoal is capable of thoroughly lifting toxins out of skin, it is an ideal opportunity to use for cleansing your face and body. Activated charcoal soap is well known to fully remove makeup, help treat sunburn, bug bites, and even bee stings.

What is Activated Charcoal exactly? Charcoal that has been heated or medicinally treated to increase it’s adsorption properties. Adsorption means to “pull” from the source. Activated charcoal pulls toxin from the surface of the skin and can be used internally to treat poison ingestion.


8 oz. Distilled Water

3.45 oz. Lye

10 oz. Grapeseed Oil

10 oz. Olive Oil

5 oz. Cocoa Butter

3 Vitamin E Capsules

1 Tbsp. Activated Charcoal Powder

70 Drops of Fragrance Oil (Optional)



Safety first, make sure you are working in a clean space. Be sure to wear a long sleeve shirt, pants, shoes, gloves and safety glasses.

Use a microwave safe glass or ceramic cup to place your distilled water, once the water is added to the glass cup, add the lye to distilled water. Never attempt adding water to lye, it doesn’t work in reverse. Gently mix the lye -water solution with a metal utensil and set aside.

Melt the Cocoa Butter to liquid. I prefer the double boiler method. Add the cocoa butter to a large microwave safe glass or ceramic mixing bowl. Next add in your Grapeseed Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Gently mix all of your oils together with your stirring utensil.

Plug in your stick blender and slowly add the lye-water solution to the oil mixture. Stick blend the mixture until the mixture reaches trace. Soap at trace has a texture similar to pudding or yogurt.

Empty the vitamin E capsules into the mixture, add the activated charcoal and the fragrance oil. continue to blend the mixture with a stick blender until all ingredients are equally incorporated.

You can now pour your soap mixture into molds. I prefer to recycle empty  wax based milk cartons. Cover your molds with saran wrap and a blanket to help insulate the soap mixture and set aside for 48 hours.

After 48 hours you can remove your soap from it’s mold and store the soap. Since I use milk cartons as a mold I cut my soap using  a dough scraper.


Stainless Steel Scraper/Chopper

Other Nifty Tools:

Metal Stick Blender:

Conair Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender (Brushed Chrome)

stick blender

My favorite brand of Lye:

2 lb Sodium Hydroxide Food Grade Red Hot Devil Lye Caustic Soda Beads


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Watch the Video below for a walk through of soap making start to finish:



  1. Krystal says

    Hi Bran! Nice DIY! But I have a question for you: Why don’t you heat your lye to the same temperature as the oils before you mixed everything together? Isn’t that a crucial step?

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    • Hi Krystal, Sometimes I do, but as long as the temp is at least 10 degrees apart; I will proceed. Thank you for commenting. Stay well.-Bran


  2. coco says

    Can You Start Using The Soap After The 48 hours. Or how long does it have to set.


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