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Natural Two-in-One Cleanser and Activated Charcoal Facial Scrub Recipe

DIY Natural Activated Charcoal Facial Scrub and Cleanser Recipe for Acne Prone Skin

If you’ve been paying attention to new beauty trends, then you’ve probably heard about the oil cleansing method. Basically it’s where you use a combination of oils – with properties that suit your skin type – to cleanse your face instead of soap. This works fabulously for removing even waterproof makeup. Something as simple as olive oil or grapeseed oil will have that mascara gone in no time. But you can use it on the rest of your face too. Because it won’t strip your skin of the natural oils it needs, it’s less likely to overproduce oil to make up for the oils that have been stripped away.

This two-in-one cleanser and activated charcoal facial scrub recipe is sort of a catch all product that combines a gentle castile based soap with natural oils as well as activated charcoal and essential oils proven to be effective in fighting acne. Natural fine grain white sugar gently exfoliates facial skin to slough off dead skin cells while shea butter, castor and hazelnut oils clean away makeup and dirt, while the castile soap gives it a little bit of that bubbly action that you’re used to.

Natural Beauty DIY - Homemade Activated Charcoal Face Scrub and Cleanser Recipe for Acne Prone Skin

Natural 2-in-1 Cleanser & Activated Charcoal Facial Scrub Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


4 oz. white sugar
28 grams Dr. Bronner’s 2-in-1 Hemp Unscented Baby Mild Castile Soap
7 grams shea butter
4 grams castor oil
4 grams hazelnut oil
1/2 teaspoon activated charcoal
6 drops tea tree oil
12 drops lavender essential oil
6 drops rosemary essential oil


Using a digital scale weigh out the shea butter into a small glass pyrex measuring cup then heat in the microwave just until melted. Weigh out and add the castor oil, hazelnut oil, and liquid soap.

Using graduated plastic transfer pipettes, measure out and add the essential oils. Mix well.

In a separate container, weigh out the sugar and the activated charcoal. Mix to incorporate then using a fork mix into the liquid mixture of soap and oils until thoroughly combined. Transfer to a 4 oz. plastic or glass jar or container and keep sealed tightly when not in use.

To use, scoop out desired amount with clean hands and gently massage onto wet face and neck until all of the sugar dissolves, then rinse and pat dry. This washes cleanly away so your skin doesn’t feel oily or greasy making it suitable for most skin types prone to occasional acne. Use daily if you’re prone to regular acne breakouts or every other day if prone to occasional acne.

Like this diy beauty recipe? Then be sure to also try my natural activated charcoal liquid soap facial cleanser recipe and my natural lavender scented activated charcoal facial soap recipe. Or try my natural lemongrass exfoliating foaming facial cleanser recipe. You can also discover more fabulous homemade bath and beauty recipes by following my DIY Bath and Body board on Pinterest. Follow me via Blog Lovin’and never miss a post! You can also find me on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!


  • Priyanjana Roy

    March 30, 2014 at 10:57 am

    wow , thanks . i have been meaning to make something related to charcoal anyways !

  • Tea Wells

    April 7, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Hi Rebecca,

    I am concerned about allergies to the hazelnut oil, would hemp oil be a good substitute? I’ve read that it can be used for the oil cleansing method as well. I want to make this for my mom and she’s allergic to all nuts. Thanks.

  • Emma79

    September 21, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Could you leave out the Castile Soap and still obtain the same results?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      September 21, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Without the soap you’d have a scrub and not a cleanser. You could but you’d need to add more oils to avoid having an overly dry product.

  • Jen

    December 1, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Will the consistency remain liquids or firm up when the Shea butter hardens?

  • Carolina

    December 2, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    What about the shelf life of this product? Thanks!!

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      December 3, 2014 at 8:57 am

      It’s always going to be the same as the ingredient you use with the shortest shelf life. This depends on how long you have had your ingredients as well as the manufacturer/supplier. Typically they provide this information.

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