Homemade Chia & Charcoal Soap Recipe

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This homemade chia & charcoal soap recipe is made with soothing and hydrating chia seed oil and naturally detoxifying activated charcoal.

This homemade chia & charcoal soap recipe is palm free and is made with chia seed oil, activated charcoal and Australian midnight black clay.

As I’ve aged – 42 this coming June! – my skin has gotten more particular. Dry and irritated skin has become a more common occurrence. Unfortunately, adult acne is also a thing. And it hates me. Especially when the hormones are going crazy or I’m overly stressed. My chia & charcoal soap recipe is my solution for keeping my skin happy.

I chose to use chia seed oil in this soap recipe as it is rich in essential fatty acids, powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients that are prized in anti-aging skin care products. I also included walnut oil in this soap formulation for it’s value in skin care – specifically its moisturizing and skin soothing properties.

I then combined these ingredients with neem oil and activated charcoal to help fight and prevent acne. A little bit of Australian midnight black clay also plays a role and helps give this homemade soap a boost to it’s beautiful dark gray/black color that I accented with a pink rose.

As my chia & charcoal soap is palm free, I decided to give candelilla wax a place in this recipe for a harder bar. As I know I do have vegan readers, I chose to use this wax over beeswax. It was a little tricky to work with as it’s such a hard wax, but luckily this recipe turned out beautifully.

You’ll find that my chia & charcoal soap recipe yields a medium-hard bar with strong bubbles, but still a lower cleansing level. I bumped the superfat on this one up to 8% to make the bar a little more conditioning. I think this soap is great for those days leading up to and during a break out as a facial soap as well as during hot months when I’m sweating more and producing more oil and struggling with acne in those annoying places like under my chin, around my hairline and across my upper back.

Following is my chia & charcoal soap recipe. I hope you like it!

This chia & charcoal soap recipe is made with chia seed oil, activated charcoal and black clay for maturing, combination and acne prone skin.

Homemade Chia & Charcoal Soap Recipe

© Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

1.6 oz./45 grams (5%) castor oil
3.2 oz./90.7 grams (10%) extra virgin chia seed oil
.65 oz./18.1 grams (2%) candelilla wax
8 oz./226.8 grams (25%) refined coconut oil
3.2 oz./90.7 grams (10%) neem oil
13.75 oz./390 grams (43%) pomace olive oil
1.6 oz./45.3 grams (5%) walnut oil

9.75 oz./276.6 grams distilled water (30.5% of oil weight)
4.2 oz./120 grams lye/sodium hydroxide (8% superfat)

1 oz./28.3 grams sodium lactate (60% solution)
.55 oz./15.5 grams coconut activated charcoal (1 Tbs per pound)
1.1 oz./31.1 grams Australian midnight black clay (.5 Tbs per pound)
.05 oz./1.4 grams fine grain pink Himalayan salt (about 1/4 teaspoon)
up to 2 oz./56.7 grams fragrance oil, optional (1 oz. per pound)

Instructions:

I scented my chia & charcoal soap with a combination of two fragrance oils that were close to empty. I used .95 oz. of cardamom mocha fragrance oil with the last .4 oz. of my chocolate fragrance oil. It basically smells like yummy chocolates without being overpowering, but it was enough that it covered the smell of the neem oil.

I premade the pink roses for this soap using some of the leftover soap batter from my donut soap recipe here and a Wilton small rose silicone mold.

For the main soap bars, I used two Crafter’s Choice basic round soap molds. My chia & charcoal soap recipe yields about nine soap bars weighing just over 5 oz. each with the embeds.

As stated previously, working with the candelilla wax was a little challenging as I’d never worked with it before. Therefore I don’t recommend making my chia & charcoal soap recipe unless you have soapmaking experience under your belt. (If you’re looking to get started making cold process soap for the first time, I recommend you start with a beginner soap recipe.) Otherwise, you’ll follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions to create this soap, but mix the lye/water and soapmaking fats at a higher temperature due to the wax.

Begin by measuring out the amount of water called for in the recipe into a heat safe container. Next, use a digital scale to weigh out the lye.

Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area. Stir the lye until it has dissolved, then set the lye-water aside.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking fats – these are all of the carrier oils and the wax called for in my chia & charcoal soap recipe. I combined these in a stainless steel pot and heated them on the stove over medium heat.

But – this is where it goes a little sideways. I’d never used a wax this hard in soap before. So my oils started to bubble before my candelilla wax melted. When this happened I basically just kept stirring the oil, which prevented it from bubbling and boiling. When the candelilla wax was almost entirely melted, I turned off the heat but left the pot on the stove. I continued to stir until the rest of the wax melted, then removed the pot from heat.

So, two things. First, I really recommend using a stainless steel pot to heat the soapmaking fats and mix the soap batter because of the higher temperature. Secondly, you may find using a double boiler is a much better way to melt the wax. (Or I welcome your suggestions in the comments!)

Allow your soapmaking fats and the lye-water to cool to around 115°F. Once they’ve reached this temperature, you’re ready to make soap.

Weigh out the sodium lactate and the salt and stir it into the cooled lye-water.

Then weigh out the activated charcoal, black clay and the fragrance oil, if desired. Add these ingredients to the melted oils and wax and mix to combine with a stick/hand blender.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the melted oils.

Mix with a stick blender on the lower setting until you reach trace, then keep going. You want a heavy trace for this recipe because of the wax to ensure you don’t get a false trace. Once you’re certain your soap batter has traced, evenly pour the chia & charcoal soap batter into the cavities of your round soap molds.

Now firmly press your premade roses into the tops of the soap in your molds’ cavities.

Cover if desired with plastic film or parchment paper and set aside in a safe location.

Your chia & charcoal soap bars should release easily from your molds the next day even if it doesn’t gel. If they don’t, simply wait another day or two.

This chia & charcoal soap recipe is made with chia seed oil, activated charcoal and black clay for maturing, combination and acne prone skin.

Allow your chia & charcoal soap bars to cure 4-6 weeks. Once your soaps have cured, they are ready for use. Simply wrap and label as desired for personal use or gifting.

If you’re planning to sell your chia & charcoal soaps, be sure to label them according to FDA guidelines. Not sure how to label your creations? I highly recommend the book, Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English, by Marie Gale.

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Exfoliating Microdermabrasion Scrub Recipe for Acne Prone and Combination Skin

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Check out this AMAZING DIY beauty hack for making your own exfoliating microdermabrasion scrub recipe for acne prone and combination skin! It contains just TWO ingredients to save you money over expensive commercial options and it doubles as an anti-acne face mask!

Ever wanted to make your own microdermabrasion scrub recipe but without potentially skin irritating baking soda? Then you need to check out this amazing DIY beauty hack for making your own exfoliating microdermabrasion scrub recipe for acne prone and combination skin! This simple and all natural microdermabrasion scrub recipe contains just TWO ingredients to help you save money over expensive commercial options. Plus it doubles as an anti-acne face mask!

I received a sample of dr. brandt® microdermabrasion skin exfoliant in my Birchbox this past October to try. I really liked it but the retail price on this product is $79 for 2 oz. and terribly out of my price range. So I kind of nixed the idea of microdermabrasion for a while. Then, during a rather pesky routine hormone induced break out, I decided to experiment with the Rocky Mountain Essentials Tuxedo Teeth Whitener and Detoxifier that I had in my bathroom closet.

This all natural, organic teeth whitener contains only coconut shell charcoal, calcium bentonite clay, organic mint and organic orange peel. Activated charcoal, of course, is known for it's detoxifying properties and is a common ingredient in anti-acne masks along with bentonite clay so it can double as an anti-acne face mask!

This all natural, organic teeth whitener contains only coconut shell activated charcoal, calcium bentonite clay, organic mint and organic orange peel. Activated charcoal, of course, is known for it’s detoxifying properties and is a common ingredient in anti-acne masks along with bentonite clay. I figured it’d be perfect as a face mask.

So, while in the shower the other day, I put a small amount of the Tuxedo Teeth Whitener and Detoxifier in the palm of my hand and added just enough water to make a paste. Then I massaged it onto my face in a circular motion. To both my surprise and my delight the paste felt exactly like a microdermabrasion product! So not only was I able to exfoliate my skin, I was also able to leave the product on my face as a mask for 5-10 minutes to help relieve my acne break out. It was as easy as that.

If, however, you’d like something a little more substantial than water to mix with the tooth powder, you can also mix it with skin friendly anti-aging oils like jojoba, rosehip seed or argan oil. Another good option would be to mix it with soothing (cooled) chamomile tea or aloe vera juice. Then simply use once or twice a week as needed to maintain skin.

If you prefer to premix your microdermabrasion scrub, here’s a simple recipe to get you started. (If you prefer to use aloe vera juice, water, milk or even yogurt don’t pre-mix your microdermabrasion scrub as water based ingredients can lead to bacteria and mold formation.)

Check out this AMAZING DIY beauty hack for making your own exfoliating microdermabrasion scrub recipe for acne prone and combination skin! It contains just TWO ingredients to save you money over expensive commercial options and it doubles as an anti-acne face mask!

Exfoliating Microdermabrasion Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

.1 oz. Rocky Mountain Essentials Tuxedo Teeth Whitener + Detoxifier
.85 oz. jojoba, rosehip seed or argan oil

Instructions:

I weighed out the ingredients using a digital scale. However, you don’t have to weigh the ingredients out. If you don’t have a scale simply add a small amount of oil to the teeth whitener powder until it forms a paste. Otherwise, weigh out the ingredients and mix together. Be sure to use a non-metal utensil and bowl to mix the microdermabrasion scrub recipe as metal deactivates the properties of the bentonite clay (an ingredient in the Tuxedo teeth whitener.).

If desired, you can also mix in up to 12 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) into your microdermabrasion scrub. You can also substitute part of the carrier oil in this recipe with neem oil. In which case I’d recommend using essential oils – a lavender and tea tree essential oil combo would work great for this! – to hide the smell of the neem oil. Neem oil has been known to help to relieve acne, psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, dandruff, skin ulcers, warts, and other skin conditions when applied either directly or into soaps, lotions, and creams.

Hot tip! Add .15 oz. of polysorbate 80 to this recipe to make removal of the product easier. Without it, it’s a little tough to wash off.

Once you’ve mixed up your face scrub, refill your empty jar of Tuxedo teeth whitener and detoxifier with the microdermabrasion scrub. Alternately you can also use a 2 oz. glass salve jar.

You’re new microdermabrasion face scrub is now ready to use!

To use your scrub, simply apply a quarter sized amount to your wet face and massage in a circular motion avoiding your eye area. If desired, leave on skin for 5-10 minutes afterward to use as a mask. Finally, rinse the scrub off completely using warm water and pat dry. Be sure to then follow with your favorite moisturizer or anti-wrinkle face serum.

Created as a dupe to the clariSEA Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask, this activated charcoal detox mask recipe draws out impurities, clears up blackheads and removes excess oil for reduced breakouts and faster healing times.

For more anti-acne skin care recipes that contain activated charcoal including homemade soap, mask and face scrub recipes, visit Soap Deli News blog here.

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Activated Charcoal Detox Mask Recipe with Free Printable Labels

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Created as a dupe to the clariSEA Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask, this activated charcoal detox mask recipe draws out impurities, clears up blackheads and removes excess oil for reduced breakouts and faster healing times.

Created as a dupe to the clariSEA Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask, this activated charcoal detox mask recipe draws out impurities, clears up blackheads and removes excess oil for reduced breakouts and faster healing times.

Like clariSEA’s Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask, my version is made with no preservatives and all natural ingredients that include kaolin clay, sea salt, mineral salt, calendula and activated charcoal. To make it, simply weigh out all of the ingredients needed and mix! It’s great on acne prone skin, or as a spot treatment when you are experiencing acne breakouts. (I found this worked really well for me during hormone related breakouts.)

Finally, I’ve also created free printable labels for my activated charcoal detox mask recipe. Simply download the free printable labels (found after the recipe) to gift these as DIY bridesmaid gifts so everyone looks pore-fect for the big day! (If you have an upcoming wedding, create an Amazon Wedding Registry! Not only can you save products from other websites to your Amazon Wedding Registry, but you’ll also receive a 10% 0ff coupon good on select items from across Amazon. See their website for details.)

Created as a dupe to the clariSEA Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask, this activated charcoal detox mask recipe draws out impurities, clears up blackheads and removes excess oil for reduced breakouts and faster healing times.

Activated Charcoal Detox Mask Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

2.5 oz. kaolin (white cosmetic) clay
.15 oz. sea salt, fine ground
.1 oz. pink Himalayan (mineral) salt or Celtic sea (mineral blend) salt, fine ground
.1 oz. hardwood activated charcoal powder
.05 oz. calendula flower powder

Instructions:

Using a digital scale, weigh out all the ingredients and combine in a glass bowl. Mix well to combine.

Pour the activated charcoal detox mask into one 8 oz. jar. I specifically used a clear plastic 8 oz. low profile jar and a 200 mL cosmetic style jar from Infinity Jars for this project. (My activated charcoal detox mask recipe fills one 8 oz. container. To fill additional jars, double the recipe as needed.) Alternately, you can fill two 4 oz. jars with this recipe. I also like the 4 oz. glass salve jars for this recipe.

To use your activated charcoal detox mask, simply combine 1 Tablespoon of the mask with 1/2 Tablespoon of water in your hand to form a paste. Then massage the mask onto your skin in a circular motion. Rinse the mask off with warm water once it has dried.

Alternately, rather than mixing your mask with water, you can also mix your mask with aloe vera juice, plain Greek yogurt or rosehip seed oil to suit your skin’s individual needs.

Side Notes:

For more sensitive skin, reduce the amount of salt to no more than .2 oz. total. Additionally, if you have calendula petals, you can simply run them through a coffee grinder to create a powder.

Additionally, while clariSEA’s Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask contains bamboo activated charcoal powder, I chose to use hardwood activated charcoal powder from Rocky Mountain Essentials. It’s both made and packaged in the USA and works well for detoxification and use as an ingredient in high end cosmetic products.

Free Printable Labels.

You can download the free printable activated charcoal mask labels for this recipe here. For the clear plastic low profile jar, I printed my labels onto a full size clear gloss inkjet label sheet. For the beautiful, deep ultraviolet (these jars appear black) light proof jar, I printed my labels onto a full size white label sheet. I acquired both types of my label sheets from WorldLabel who sells quality labels in bulk at reasonable prices.

Can I Buy This Instead?

Don’t want to make your own? You can purchase the clariSEA Deep Pore Detox Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Mask through Birchbox. (Sign up for the Birchbox monthly beauty box here to receive monthly beauty samples and earn points you can use towards free or discounted products!) It’s also currently available at a discounted price with free Prime shipping from Amazon here. (You can sign up for a Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial here.)

Also be sure to check out some of my other bath and body favorites you can buy at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen here.

Want more?

And, if you like my version of this activated charcoal detox mask recipe, you may also like my Exfoliate & Detox Skin Polish Recipe, my Detox Sugar Scrub Recipe, my Ultimate Detox Salt Bar Soap Recipe and my Lush inspired Sea Salt Face & Body Scrub Recipe. Or, for more of my printable projects, visit Soap Deli News blog here.

For even more skin care recipes, printables and DIY ideas, you’ll want to follow my boards on Pinterest. You can also find and follow me on Blog Lovin’Tumblr, FacebookTwitterG+ and Instagram.


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Ultimate Detox Salt Bar Recipe

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This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning.

This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut, castor, and safflower oils as well as mango butter for their lather and conditioning properties.

This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning.

Ultimate Detox Salt Bar Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

12.8 oz. refined coconut oil
1.6 oz. mango butter
.8 oz. castor oil
.8 oz. safflower oil

5.6 oz. distilled water
2.2 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

8 oz. pink Himalayan salt, finely ground
.5 oz. activated charcoal powder
1 oz. fragrance oil or .5 oz. essential oil, if desired

Soap Notes:

This salt bar recipe follows the rule of 50% salt, 80% coconut oil, 10% butter and 10% (liquid at room temperature) oil. I chose to use finely ground pink Himalayan salt in lieu of sea salt for it’s higher mineral content. Castor oil was used at 5% to boost the bubbles, and safflower and mango butter were used for their skin conditioning and moisturizing properties in addition to the 20% superfat. (The higher superfat counteracts the cleansing effect of the coconut oil so it doesn’t over dry skin and it helps the soap to lather well in the presence of so much salt.)

The activated charcoal, should you desire to re-size my detox salt bar recipe, was used at 3.125% of the total oil weight. I specifically used the coconut activated charcoal powder from Rocky Mountain Essentials for this salt bar recipe. However, they also offer hardwood activated charcoal powder that you may also use based on your preference.

This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning.

This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut, castor, and safflower oils as well as mango butter for their lather and conditioning properties.

In addition, because salt creates such a hard bar, I discounted my water to 35% rather than 33% which is what I typically use. This will make you soap easier to cut once unmolded if you are using a loaf mold. For silicone molds – I used a combination of Wilton’s 6-Cavity Silicone Heart Mold and Crafter’s Choice Basic Guest Round Silicone Soap Mold – wait an extra day or two to unmold to ensure the soaps come cleanly out of the mold especially if your detox salt bar soaps do not gel. (My ultimate detox salt bar recipe yielded six heart shaped soaps and four mini round guest soaps.)

Following is a screenshot from SoapCalc’s lye calculator which I used to determine the amount of lye and water needed for my ultimate detox salt bar recipe. (To learn how to use a lye calculator to create your own custom cold process soap recipes, visit this blog post.)

Ultimate Detox Salt Bar Recipe - Learn how to make it now at Soap Deli News blog!

Instructions:

You will need to follow your basic cold process soapmaking instructions found here to create your own ultimate detox salt bars.  (If you’ve never made cold process soap before here’s a good, inexpensive beginner’s cold process soap recipe.) Be sure to take all proper safety precautions when working with lye including goggles and gloves.

Begin by measuring out the distilled water in fluid ounces. Pour into a heat safe pitcher. Next, using a digital scale weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water in a well ventilated area and stir until all the lye has dissolved completely. Set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and butters using a digital scale. Combine in a stainless steel pot then heat over medium heat on the stove until all the oils and butters have melted. Once melted, remove the soapmaking oils and butters from heat and set aside.

You can mix the lye/water and soapmaking oils at any point in which your lye solution and soapmaking oils have cooled to around 95°F. I chose to add my salt and activated charcoal to my soapmaking oils before I added the lye/water to ensure it was evenly distributed, along with the fragrance oil as this is such a small batch. Alternately you may also add them at a light trace. Simply weigh out the charcoal powder and salt and use a stick blender to mix them into the soapmaking oils. Now pour in the lye/water and mix until you reach trace.

Once your soap has traced, pour the soap batter into your prepared mold. (If you’re using a wooden loaf mold you will need to line it.) Once poured, cover the soap to insulate. I used silicon molds so I covered the tops of them with foodservice film.  (For a wooden loaf mold, you can cover the mold with a piece of cardboard cut to fit.)

This ultimate detox salt bar recipe combines pink Himalayan salt with coconut derived activated charcoal for the ultimate detox salt bath! Superfatted at 20%, this detox salt bar recipe also contains coconut oil, castor oil, safflower oil and mango butter for lather and conditioning.

After 24 – 48 hours have passed, you can unmold your detox salt bar soaps. Set your soaps aside in a cool, dry location to cure for 4 – 6 weeks prior to use.

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Detox Sugar Scrub Recipe

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This detox sugar scrub recipe creates lovely gemstone shaped solid sugar scrubs that contain activated charcoal to help keep skin acne free and vibrant!

This detox sugar scrub recipe creates lovely solid sugar scrub shaped gemstones that contain activated charcoal to help keep skin acne free and vibrant! In addition to naturally detoxifying activated charcoal, this detox sugar scrub recipe also incorporates anti-acne/anti-aging sea buckthorn oil as well as lavender and tea tree essential oils. (Just like my lavender and tea tree soap recipe with activated charcoal!)

Learn how to make this easy detox sugar scrub recipe now for a natural approach to skin care and to help keep acne from occurring. These fun black diamond and gemstone shaped solid sugar scrubs can be use on your face daily or as needed as well as to oily and acne prone areas of your body.

This detox sugar scrub recipe creates lovely solid sugar scrub shaped gemstones that contain activated charcoal to help keep skin acne free and vibrant! In addition to naturally detoxifying activated charcoal, this detox sugar scrub recipe also incorporates anti-acne/anti-aging sea buckthorn oil as well as lavender and tea tree essential oils.

Detox Sugar Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1.25 oz. clear melt and pour soap base
2 oz. shea butter (or sal butter)
.35 oz. rosehip seed oil (or safflower oil)
.15 oz. castor oil
1 mL sea buckthorn oil (or tamanu oil)
1 mL + 5 drops lavender essential oil
1 mL tea tree oil

4.75 oz. granulated white sugar (or caster sugar)
.25 oz. activated charcoal powder

Instructions:

To create a variety of gemstone shaped solid sugar scrubs you’ll need two Cool Jewels Diamond Ice Trays. (Alternately you can also use an all diamond silicone mold or ice cube tray of your choice.)

Begin by weighing out the shea butter (or sal butter) using a digital scale. Place it in a double boiler and allow to melt. (Alternately you can melt the butter in your microwave at 50%-60% power. Be sure to use a lower setting to prevent your butter from becoming grainy.)

Now weigh out the clear soap base and cut into small chunks. Combine in the double boiler with the melted butter. Stir the mixture until the soap melts completely then remove from heat.

Weigh out the rosehip seed oil (or safflower oil) and the castor oil. Stir into the melted sugar scrub mixture.

Next, you a graduated plastic transfer pipette to measure out the sea buckthorn oil (or tamanu oil.) Stir into the melted ingredients.

Do the same with the lavender and tea tree essential oils, using a fresh pipette for each ingredient.

Now weigh out the granulated white sugar and the activated charcoal powder into a 2-cup glass Pyrex measuring cup. (You can use caster sugar for less exfoliation or for more sensitive skin.) Mix with a fork to incorporate the two ingredients together.

Slowly pour the melted sugar scrub base into the dry sugar and activated charcoal mixture. Whisk the melted ingredients into the sugar and activated charcoal until thoroughly combined, then pour the sugar scrub mixture into your mold cavities. You will have enough sugar scrub to make 9-10 gemstone shaped solid sugar scrubs.

Learn how to make this easy detox sugar scrub recipe now for a natural approach to skin care and to help keep acne from occurring. These fun black diamond and gem shaped solid sugar scrubs can be use on your face daily or as needed as well as to oily and acne prone areas of your body.

Place your molds into the refrigerator until the solid sugar scrubs have hardened completely, then pop out of the mold cavities and package as desired.

(Please note that if you live in a warmer climate or will be selling and/or shipping these gemstone shaped solid sugar scrubs, these could melt. You can avoid this by increasing the amount of melt and pour soap base slightly or and/or decreasing the amount of liquid at room temperature oil called for in this detox sugar scrub recipe. During fall/winter or for personal use in a climate controlled environment, this detox sugar scrub recipe can be kept as is.)

To use your detox sugar scrubs, simply mash part of one gemstone shaped solid sugar scrub in very wet hands and massage onto wet skin. Then simply rinse and pat dry.

Easy Homemade Activated Charcoal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe for Acne Prone or Combination Skin

If you like my detox sugar scrub recipe then you may also like some of my other natural skin care recipes that contain activated charcoal. They include the following: Homemade Activated Charcoal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe (pictured above), Homemade Lavender and Tea Tree Soap Recipe with Activated Charcoal, Natural Two-in-One Cleanser and Activated Charcoal Facial Scrub Recipe, Homemade Exfoliate and Detox Skin Polish Recipe, and my Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser Recipe.

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