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

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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

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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!

DIY Liquid Soap Recipe with Neem Oil for Dogs and People with Problem Skin

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DIY Homemade Liquid Soap Recipe with Neem Oil and Shea Butter for Dogs and People with Problem Skin - Great for Skin Conditions Like Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Dandruff and Athlete's Foot

I have a miniature dachshund who is, unfortunately, prone to some not so pleasant skin conditions much like eczema in people. With this of course there is itching and some flaking. Often times giving poor Jasper a bath actually makes his skin worse. So I decided to try a natural dog shampoo with neem oil. While I initially concocted this liquid soap recipe for my dog, it also works well on people. You can use it as a facial wash or a body wash to help with conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff – even athlete’s foot. The neem oil is super effective at combating these skin conditions, however, it does stink to high heaven so be prepared.

DIY Natural Homemade Dog & People Body Wash with Neem Oil

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8 fluid oz. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Unscented Baby-Mild Pure Liquid Castile Soap
2 Tablespoons Organic Neem Oil
.5 oz. Shea Butter (or about 1 1/2 Tablespoons)


Using a digital kitchen scale, weigh out the shea butter. Melt the shea butter in the microwave, then combine with the liquid soap and neem oil and gently stir until thoroughly combined. Then use a funnel to pour into a container. I upcycled a Method liquid soap bottle for this purpose. (And yes, I buy soap even though I make soap. I just fell in love with the Orla Kiely designs. Allow to cool completely then use as you would a regular dog shampoo, face or body wash.

If you can’t stand the scent of the neem oil, you can tone it down by adding a small amount – up to .16 oz. (or 2%) – of another essential oil such as lavender or lemongrass. This recipe is specifically for treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and athlete’s foot. For dandruff or acne, use up to .4 oz. (by weight) or up to 5%  per 8 oz. (by weight) of liquid soap or shampoo. Neem oil is also excellent at deterring fleas.

To help soothe eczema and psoriasis out of the tub or shower, be sure to try my natural lanolin and neem salve recipe. I gifted some of this to someone at work who suffers from severe psoriasis and he found it did a lot to help his psoriasis. He also found it very soothing.

DIY Handmade Liquid Soap Recipe – How to Make Liquid Soap the Easy Way

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Love liquid soap but having trouble finding a handmade version? You can make your own handmade liquid soap and not only save money, but use your favorite handmade soap for the recipe. Just one bar of handmade soap can be converted into almost 1 liter of a DIY liquid soap you’re sure to love!

I have heard that finding a handmade liquid soap is difficult. I, for one, tried making a liquid soap after various requests when I used to sell on the Roanoke City Market. However, it just didn’t sell and it’s more tedious to ship. However, you can create your own liquid soap using your favorite bar of handmade soap courtesy of instructions from Savvy Housekeeping. Simply grate a bar of your favorite handmade soap to yield 1 cup of soap flakes. Add water and a bit of glycerin and get to cooking until your soap flakes dissolve. Then allow to cool and pour into containers. For your full ingredient and material list, along with directions for this project, visit Savvy Housekeeping. And be sure to consider the shea butter soaps available from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen for your liquid soap recipe.
With one bar of handmade soap and a few other easy to find ingredients, you can also make your own homemade liquid laundry detergent or powdered laundry detergent.