Thursday, March 12, 2015

Activated Charcoal Soap

I really needed a shower after clearing out my storage room. 
 Wading through the junk and spider webs,
 I asked myself, "Self, why do you have this crap?" 

Self decided that we really didn't need this crap, and made numerous
 trips to the recycle outlet and dump....yes some of it was just plain crap!

Anyways, back to the shower. 
 I needed a bar that could scrub off basement renos

This batch of soap I will title
 "Activated Charcoal Cleaning out the Storage Room Sweaty Dust Bustin Soap"
Please follow all safe soaping procedures with the right safety
 equipment if you are going to make this soap!

1 oz. Pumpkin Seed Oil
1 oz. Cocoa Butter
2 oz. Shea Butter
3 oz. Castor Oil
9 oz. Coconut oil
2 oz. Hemp Oil
8 oz Olive Oil
7 oz Palm Oil
2 oz. Beeswax
2 Tsp. activated Charcoal
1.5 oz Lavender Essential Oil
1.5 ounces Peppermint EO
7 oz Water
4 oz. Coconut Milk
4.8 oz Lye

I mixed my coconut milk with water in a 500 ml. canning jar in the sink.  I slowly added the lye to the water/milk mix and stirred with a wooden skewer.  I was wearing my gloves, long sleeves and safety glasses!

I added all of the hard fats into the bowl.  I used to use stainless steel bowls but found these
 Betty Crocker bowls at our local Dollarama as they have pouring spouts.

The lye solution is poured into the hard fats and stirred until it is all melted wearing all my safety gear.

The liquid oils are added to the lye / hard fat solution.  Using this method, I no longer have to melt the hard oils as the heat from the lye solution does that job for me!  After I stirred it so that the oils were mixed with the lye thoroughly, it was separated into two bowls.  I added  lavender EO to one half, and peppermint EO and charcoal to the other half.  I layered my mix as I poured it into the mold.....again, still wearing all my safety gear!

and this is the result!

need more soap recipes?


  1. I can't wait to get my hands on one of these bars. I've heard great things about the charcoal. Good job on the tutorial too:)

  2. I've heard of it I think, but never tried any

  3. You are too much, Karen! Love how you made and decorated your soap. It looks great! I called myself doing something the other day by showing the ladies in my craft class how to make "melt and pour soap." Ha! Yours is the real deal and I bet it smells soooooo good!

  4. looks lovely! For a second poor lil' me was afraid that little chick was used in the soap :((((

  5. I'm so envious of your soap making talents. I love natural handmade soaps. There's just no comparison to the regular store brands. I need to have a talk with myself and get rid of some crap too.

  6. Now, I just have one question...while you were making this soap, did you happen to be wearing any sort of, oh, I don't know, safety gear?

  7. I have a friend that makes wonderful soaps, too. It is really almost an art form, I think.
    Good for you for clearing stuff out and getting rid of it. I am in the process of doing some of that myself. xo Diana

  8. We'll be doing some decluttering in a few weeks. I am going to be in need of some good soap, too. I always hate how icky I get afterwards. Pinning. This sounds like a very interesting soap recipe!

  9. Beautiful! They're so pretty Karen! We definitely have to try making this. After "self "gets caught up on these never ending projects we've got going on. I desperately need to get rid of crap too. How long does it take to make a batch of soap?

  10. Oh, there have been many times for me to get good use of one of your Activated Charcoal Cleaning out the storage room sweaty Dust Bustin Soap! :) You always impress me with your soap making abilities! Hey Karen, I just noticed your Etsy shop, visited it, and felt in love with your Hemp soap in that cute Christmas bag, have to save it for my Christmas presents this year.

  11. 'Scuse me. Would like a photo of you in your safety gear ensemble. Do you coordinate your gloves with your rubber boots like Danni does?

  12. Charcoal that a new one to me, but it looks lovely. I, also, would have loved to see you in your safety gear--LOL! ;)

  13. Awesome! I make my own bar and laundry soap as well. You just can't beat it. This is the gift I give everytime I need to give a gift. Pretty bar soap. Now everyone expects a bar or two from me. Thanks for the new recipe. sk

  14. Your soaps are gorgeous! I bet they smell heavenly too! I am always amazed at the crap I find when I deep clean. And I do mean! I need to go through my house and get rid of a couple truckloads of! But, instead, I just keep dragging more! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  15. Hi Karen, this soap looks and sounds wonderful. Love how you packaged them too. Cleaning out a store room can be so freeing. I did mine and got rid of lots of stuff I didn't need. Only thing, I didn't have your soap afterwards for my shower!! LOL
    Have a great weekend and thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Hugs, CM

  16. Been decluttering around here, too, but I didn't realize that I should have been wearing my safety gear, I mean I have my safety gear on right now, because you need it while perusing awesome homemade soap recipes and directions, but... Your newest blend looks so enticing and pretty. I bet it smells soooo good. Now I'm off to check out your Etsy shop. Happy weekend, Karen xo

  17. I've never tried charcoal soap, though I've heard of it. On the plus side, I like how it turned out two-coloured.

  18. Wow, you sure know how to have fun, Karen! The soaps looks amazing, but I've never before heard of charcoal in soap. Hope you were able to get all of those spider webs out of your hair!

  19. to the spiders, sweat and spider eggs and dust, but YES to the pretty soap! I'm with time a picture of you in your HAZMAT suit!

  20. I love the soap you made. Thanks for the sweet comment on the spring wreath I made!

  21. Your soap is so pretty. I tried many years ago to make soap and mine never got hard, it was this gray liquid that I kept in a plastic bucket and ended up using for laundry. It did a great job of cleaning, but also made me realize that the art of soap making should be left to someone else, LOL. Lavender and peppermint . . . it must smell like heaven.

  22. I am STILL using a bar of your soap. It's not that I don't ever shower, but I use it sparingly so it will last forever. I want to make lye soap, I really do, but I was watching Youtube and this man was using drain cleaner - which is lye - and.................I think I peed my pants just a little.

  23. You're full of surprises Karen! Why do I feel like I'm the only one who didn't know about this hidden talent of yours? I buy pretty soaps just for the hell of it...I never use them, much to Fishermans chagrin.

  24. Do you put the spiderwebs in the soap? Ewwww.... I'm stunned at all the cool (and time-consuming) things you come up with!!


  25. This is fabulous, Karen! I have always wanted to make soap.......but never have :) Maybe I will try yours. Hugs!

  26. Hi Karen, stopping by to say hello and love seeing your soap tutorial again. Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice weekend.
    Hugs, CM

  27. What you're saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I'm sure you'll reach so many people with what you've got to say.


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