I am back in my kitchen, once again, creating my own soaps. My daughter recently purchased an expensive acne soap which included in the ingredients, activated charcoal. Like any other homesteader I thought to myself, I can make that for less money. So I went to my handy-dandy DIY shelf and got my goat’s milk glycerin soap base and shea butter and I was ready to start creating.
Activated Charcoal has drawing properties and when it is mixed with antibacterial essential oils you can create soaps and salves that will draw toxins out. Creating your own soap is so cheap and easy. Plus it allows you to avoid other chemicals included in the store-bought soaps.
After making my first batch of soaps, I had my daughter try the soap. Her response (trust me she isn’t biased) was that she liked the texture and the earthy smell. However; she didn’t like the fact that it did not lather much. If you are wanting a soap that lathers more then I suggest leaving the shea butter out of the recipe.
Activated Charcoal Acne Soap Recipe:
- 1 lb Goat’s milk glycerin soap base
- 1 oz Shea butter
- 1 tsp Activated charcoal – drawing properties
- Thyme essential oil – used to tone aged skin and for acne outbreaks-20 drops
- Lavender essential oil – used for oily skin, scars, dermatitis and has antibacterial properties-20 drops
- Rosemary essential oil – used to improve circulations, oily skin and acne-20 drops
Melt all the ingredients in a double boiler and pour into your molds. Let it sit until completely cooled and then remove from the molds. Place soap bars into packages to keep dry until you are ready to use.
I used two different molds. First I purchase a bouncing ball from the dollar store and used a utility knife to cut it in half. I also used a small rectangular plastic storage container. Both items inexpensive and easy to use. To keep your soap cost to a minimum look around your home to find a soap container.