Shades Of Grey: Make This Activated Charcoal + Tea Tree Detox Soap

We are all over the charcoal trend going on right now. We first wrote about the power of charcoal back in 2012, and since then it’s become a green goddess’s go-to in everything from face masks to fresh juice. Stephanie Gerber from Hello Natural has taken our grey fixation to the next level with this easy-as-can be detox soap made from tea tree oil and – what else – activated charcoal! With our skin crying for help in the winter weather, we’ll be whipping up a batch of this clarifying, exfoliating, super easy DIY first thing this weekend. Here’s Stephanie with how to try it yourself…

The hubby recently brought home some activated charcoal soap, and I’ll admit I was skeptical. This gal loves her body wash and foaming hand soap. But now I’m hooked – a totally convert to the simple bar of soap! Activated charcoal soap is detoxifying, exfoliating, clarifying and just plain ol’ feels goods – all without drying out skin (I use it head to toe, face included). Non-lye soap is embarrassingly easy to make (which is why I love it) so here’s an easy, detoxifying activated charcoal soap recipe.

As a kid, my dad pulled out activated charcoal all the time for bee stings and upset stomachs. Now beauty companies are turning to charcoal more and more for masks and cleansers. Charcoal is effective for people with acne-prone skin as it gently exfoliates and draws out dirt, oil and makeup that can clog pores. Adding tea tree oil adds natural antifungal and antiseptic properties.

DIY Tea Tree + Activated Charcoal Soap


1 pound melt & pour shea butter soap base (available here)
5 activated charcoal capsules (if you can’t find at a pharmacy you can buy online)
15-20 drops tea tree essential oil


Cut the soap base into small chunks and melt over a double boiler.

Remove a small amount of soap into a cup, cool slightly, and mix in charcoal, then add back into the rest of the melted soap base.

Add the tea tree oil. If you don’t like the smell of tea tree, you can add peppermint essential oil to hide the scent.

Pour into mold (I used a muffin tin) and let cool.

For more varieties on this DIY soap, plus more all-natural products you can make at home, visit the Hello Natural site by clicking over here!

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