Homemade Activated Charcoal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

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This easy to craft homemade activated charcoal melt and pour soap recipe fights acne plus soothes and helps to heal skin with natural essential oils.

Want to try your own homemade soap recipe for your acne but aren’t quite ready to delve into cold process soapmaking? Try this quick and easy activated charcoal melt and pour soap recipe instead! This homemade activated charcoal melt and pour soap recipe starts with a quality, all natural yogurt soap base. Four simple ingredients are then added to not only help control acne but to also soothe skin and promote healing. These ingredients are some of my favorites.

Sea Buckthorn Oil – This concentrated oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm aggravated skin. Additionally, it not only helps to fight acne but it also possesses healing properties that will help to prevent acne scars from occurring. Sea Buckthorn oil is probably best praised, however, for its restorative and anti-aging properties.

Activated Charcoal – Activated charcoal naturally helps to detoxify skin of impurities, draw out dirt and oil, and, in melt and pour soap it also acts as a mild exfoliant. It’s also suitable for those prone to eczema and psoriasis.

Patchouli Essential Oil – Patchouli offers its own anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to this soap. It’s commonly used in skin care for its ability to tackle acne prone skin, eczema, inflammation, and cracked or chapped irritated skin. It’s also prized for its cell-rejuvenating properties and its ability to lessen the look of scars. In addition it can also help to balance out oily skin.

Lavender Essential Oil – Lavender is prized for its acne fighting and healing properties as well as its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It serves to treat acne and soothe skin while also helping to prevent scarring.

Yogurt Melt and Pour Soap Base – This melt and pour soap base is all natural and free of SLS and detergents. Plus its made with real yogurt which when applied topically has been shown to fight acne, moisturize and help to prevent premature aging.

This easy to craft homemade activated charcoal melt and pour soap recipe fights acne plus soothes and helps to heal skin with natural essential oils.

Activated Charcoal Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


4.5 oz. natural yogurt melt and pour soap base
2 ml sea buckthorn oil
1 ml patchouli essential oil
2 ml lavender essential oil
1/2 teaspoon activated charcoal powder


This activated charcoal melt and pour soap recipe will yield one bar of soap that weighs about 5 oz.

To make this soap begin by weighing out the soap base using a digital scale. Cube the soap base using a Chef’s knife and combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup then microwave for 30 seconds watching carefully as you don’t want your soap base to boil. Remove and stir then heat again if needed to melt the soap base all the way through.

Using a graduated plastic transfer pipettes measure out the sea buckthorn and essential oils and stir into the melted soap base.

Now measure out the activated charcoal with a measuring spoon and add to the melted soap. Whisk with a fork to incorporate. Pour into your mold of choice.

Once the soap has fully hardened remove from the mold and wrap tightly in foodservice film or use it right away! (I took mine right into the shower with me!)

Activated Charcoal Soap Recipes

If you’re looking for more activated charcoal soap recipes be sure to try out these other recipes I’ve created:

Lavender & Tea Tree Cold Process Soap Recipe with Activated Charcoal
Natural Activated Charcoal Cold Process Facial Soap Recipe
Natural Activated Charcoal Two-in-One Facial Scrub and Cleanser Recipe
Natural Cold Process Carrot Complexion Soap Recipe
Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser Recipe
Patchouli Rose Complexion Melt and Pour Soap Recipe

For more of my homemade soap recipes be sure to visit my soapmaking page at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen as well as my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest Board. You can also keep up with all of my new bath and beauty recipe additions by following Soap Deli News via Blog Lovin’, Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca D. Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can learn more about Rebecca by checking out her bio. Or discover more great skin care & beauty recipes by subscribing to Soap Deli News blog via email.


  1. I would like to know where to find the yogurt M&P soap ? So far only one I’ve found is from Nature’s Garden and not really sure about the quality of that one. Nothing is really said about it other than it’s yogurt.
    Thank you,

  2. Naomi Padilla says

    Hi is there a suitable substitute for the sea buckthorn oil as I noticed it is very expensive? Cant wait to try this soap.

  3. Hi Rebecca,
    Do you know if goat’s milk melt and pour soap base is a good substitute??

    Thank you,
    Sandi Shaw

  4. Regarding the soap base…I noticed the site you linked to wants more than the price of the product to ship!!! Understandable considering it’s 2lbs but still. Otherwise I cannot find a yogurt base. Would goats milk work the same way or did you use the yogurt one specifically for a reason? Thanks for the recipe…one of my favorite soaps from an expensive skin company is a charcoal soap. Can’t wait to try it.

    • You can use any natural melt and pour soap base. I have simply tried and liked the yogurt base and it’s what I decided to use for this recipe. I’ve never found NG’s shipping unreasonable but I typically order many things at once. Plus the bases are less expensive than buying locally and a better quality.

      • I would only be ordering that one thing and the shipping is almost twice the price of the soap base.

  5. Do I need any preservatives in this? How long is the shelf life for this?

    • No it doesn’t need a preservative. The shelf life will always be the shelf life of the ingredient with the shortest shelf life however you can extend the shelf life of oils by using a bit of vitamin E or rosemary extract.

  6. HI can this be used as an all over body soap/ shaving soap or is it just for the face?