DIY Activated Charcoal Face Wash Bar

Face wash is one of those products I was still buying in plastic bottles and struggling to find plastic free alternatives in the shops.

So, I decided to have a go at making my own. I’m so glad I did!

This soap has helped to keep my pores clear and my skin feeling super soft and clean after every wash!

Why Activated Charcoal?

I wanted to make a bar that contained activated charcoal as it was in my old face wash and I’d read so many benefits of using it on your skin – I also had some powder left over from when I had

The benefits of using activated charcoal in your skin routine are:

  • It absorbs dirt and toxins from your skin clearing out your pores
  • It helps to balance oily skin and absorb excess oils
  • It’s a great exfoliator and removes dead skin cells helping to fight against acne breakouts

Melt and Pour Soap

I’m yet to venture fully into the world of soap making. It’s a journey I’d love to take after attending a course or two and learning more about the science behind it.

For now though, I’m really enjoying using pre-made natural soap bases that I can add ingredients to, creating my own personalised soaps.

I use the Melt & Pour soap base (you can reuse the container they come in) which are about £6 – 8 online or you can get them from most craft shops, I got mine from Hobby Craft.

How to make your own face wash bar


You’ll need:

  • Glass bowl
  • Metal spoon / old spatula
  • Microwave / small pan of water
  • Soap moulds / silicon muffin tray / muffin tray


Makes 6 bars

You’ll need:

  • 3tsp Activated charcoal powder / capsules
  • 200g Soap base (I used Shea butter and oatmeal)
  • 1tbsp Witch hazel

Optional: 30 drops of Essential oils – Tea Tree, Lemon & Frankincense


    Cut up your soap base into cubes and pop them into a glass / heat safe bowl
    If using a pan of water put your bowl on top of the pan, making sure it’s not touching the water and stir until the soap if fully melted. Otherwise, just pop it in the microwave for 2 minuets, Stirling half way through.
    Once melted add in the activated charcoal and witch hazel. Stir until fully combined.
  1. If using, add in the essential oils and stir until combined. I used 15 drops of Tea Tree (antibacterial and helps prevent spots), 10 drops of Frankincense (evens skin tone and improves elasticity) and 5 drops of lemon (helps to cut through oil and grease to clean out your pores).
  2. If you are using a non-silicon tray then wipe the inside of the cases with an oil such as sunflower and line them with a strip of baking paper to help lift them out later. Silicon moulds don’t need any prep.
  3. Pour the soap base into the mould and leave to set for 2 hours.
  4. If you’re using f a metal tray pop it in the freezer for the last 20 mins to help you remove them.
  5. Once set, pop your soaps out of the moulds and leave to cure over night.
    The soaps will be ready to use in your morning face wash routine!

These are great to give as gifts or just keep to yourself!

Let me know you you get on in the comments below!

Emilie x

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