Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser Recipe

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Natural Beauty DIY - Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser Recipe

Say goodbye to blemishes with this natural beauty recipe for creating your own homemade activated charcoal facial cleanser recipe! The organic liquid castile soap base gently cleans delicate facial skin while cocoa butter, shea butter and rose hip seed oil nourish and moisturize. Birch tar essential oil and activated charcoal help to balance skin and clear up acne so you’re always blemish free. Plus it’s perfect for all skin types!

Natural DIY Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser for All Skin Types

Natural Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


.5 oz. cocoa butter
.25 oz. shea butter
3.5 oz. organic liquid castile soap
1 teaspoon liquid soy lecithin
2 ml rosehip seed oil
15 drops birch tar essential oil
15 drops rose absolute blend
5 drops non-GMO vitamin E
5 drops rosemary extract
1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder


To create this activated charcoal facial cleanser recipe you’ll begin by using a digital kitchen scale to weigh out the cocoa and shea butters. Melt in either a double boiler or at reduced power in a glass Pyrex Prepware Measuring Cup. Then using a measuring spoon, measure out the soy lecithin and stir into the melted butters until it is thoroughly combined.

Next, weigh out the organic castile soap (Mountain Rose Herbs carries a good one or you can use Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Baby Mild Castile Liquid Soap) and gently stir into the butters and soy lecithin. Now measure out the rosehip seed oil using a Plastic Transfer Pipettes or a glass dropper and stir in. Follow with the essential oils, vitamin E and rosemary extract using a clean dropper for each ingredient.

Natural Organic Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser Recipe for Acne Prone Skin - Suitable for All Skin Types

Finally measure out the activated charcoal powder and whisk into the cleanser. Then using a funnel, pour the facial cleanser into one 4 oz. amber glass bottle with a lotion pump – or use small 1 oz. or 2 oz. amber bottles with screw tops or glass droppers for travel friendly facial cleansers – and allow to cool completely. It will thicken some as it cools.

Organic Beauty DIY - Natural Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser Recipe for All Skin Types

To use simply apply to face and massage onto skin, rinse and pat dry. If you prefer a scrub, simple mix with a small amount of sugar in your hand before use. Use daily for best results and to help keep skin clear of acne.

Like this activated charcoal facial cleanser recipe? Then also be sure to try out my natural lavender scented activated charcoal facial soap recipe! It’s a palm free soap bar that, in addition to activated charcoal, also contains natural antibacterial tea tree essential oil, natural Spirulina Powder (or blue/green algae) which is rich in vitamins and minerals that help to nourish skin and Natural Red Moroccan Clay to help draw out impurities and toxins. There’s also rosehips powder for its natural anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties, chamomile powder to help soothe skin, coconut oil to cleanse and a combination of shea butter and jojoba, grapeseed, olive squalane and evening primrose oils for their skin conditioning properties. You’ll find the recipe here. Also follow me on Pinterest for more great DIY bath & beauty recipes every week!

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About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca Dawn Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can find more of her natural skin care recipes at The Nourished Life blog as well as right here on Soap Deli News. Or learn more about Rebecca through her new blog at Becca Ink.


  1. Is there a difference between birch tar and sweet birch oil?

  2. Can we replace the essential oils? Maybe use Lavender and tea tree instead?
    And what does the soy lecithin do? (does it sooth the skin or produce foam? )

    • You’re welcome to swap the essential oils but I did choose them specifically for their properties. Unless you have super oily skin, the tea tree may be overkill and could cause skin to dry out too much. Soy Lecithin is used to thicken up the product so it isn’t runny as well as acting as an emulsifier so the shea and cocoa butter don’t separate out from the soap. It also serves as a mild preservative, is high in B vitamins and anti-oxidants, and moisturizes & softens skin.

  3. What could I use as an alternative to soy lecithin?

  4. chesca souza says:

    hi! i want to know what is the life span of this product? if ever, what can i add to extend the same?

    • The shelf life will always be the shelf life of the ingredient with the shortest shelf life. You can add rosemary extract and or vitamin e to help extend the shelf life of the oils or use a preservative.

  5. Could you add tumeric to this?