Friday, May 13, 2016

What We Made: Activated Charcoal Face Wash



Recently I heard about Activated Charcoal and its benefits. I thought WHY did I not know about this?! I immediately purchased a bar of soap made with activated charcoal and loved it. It made my skin feel super clean and it has a nice scent to it. I wanted to purchase the face wash as well but it was so expensive! I figured I would just make some myself. So.. why activated charcoal? Activated charcoal is better known for it's use in the stomach but it has many other beneficial uses. One being on the skin. So using it in body care products is a new must for me. When used on the face, it pulls the junk out of your pores and leaves your face feeling super clean and refreshed. 

This is a super easy DIY recipe with only three ingredients. Coconut oil, baking soda, and activated charcoal. You can get these anywhere. At first I couldn't find the charcoal at CVS and I even asked if they had it and they said no. But instead of looking under the "A" section for activated, it was under the "C" section for charcoal, activated. The baking soda adds a bit of exfoliation to the face wash, which is great to get rid of the dead skin cells. 

Here's the supplies you need with the recipe:


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[If you purchase the above ingredients you will have more than enough to make MANY batches, for yourself and family!]

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Measure out your ingredients, luckily the weather is a bit warmer so getting the coconut oil out wasn't a pain as it usually it. The activated charcoal comes in capsules that you will twist open to get the powder. 

Next, add about 1/3 of the coconut oil to a bowl and stir around a bit. Then add in the charcoal powder and stir. 

Add in all of the baking soda then stir.

Add in the remainder of the coconut oil and stir until everything is mixed well. 

Ta-da! Done. Super quick and super easy. Now it's ready to use. Prior to use I would use a warm face cloth to really open those pores up then lather on. I let mine sit for about 10-15 minutes, to get a really good deep clean. For now i'm going to use it every other day then once a week. The coconut oil leaves your skin feeling so soft, I didn't even have to use a moisturizer after. Hadley thought I looked hilarious. 



Get your DIY on and give it a shot! 

12 comments:

  1. Nice!!! it so funny that you posted this today because I've literally been reading about the same stuff and just last night tried making an activated charcoal mask with non-toxic glue to clear my pores and brushed my teeth with it to white them! I will say... neither of those things worked too well for me and I accidentally ripped out part of my eyebrow...lol... BUT your suggestion with coconut oil looks awesome and I'm definitely going to try it!!!

    Thanks for the recipe and be careful to save your eyebrows if you ever decide to do a peel off mask with it!! haha

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    1. I did see that recipe going around, with the elmer's non toxic glue. Seemed a bit much to me so I decided to skip out on that! Ouch. I'll stick to my creamy coconut oil :)

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    2. lol yes! will never do that again! plus it's making me breakout now... gah... lol

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    3. Well what i've found is that when you use the charcoal, it brings out any dirt or grime in the pores, which in turn brings out some pimples for the first few days you do it. So, it could be normal! lol

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    1. I stored it in a 4oz glass container. Any container should work just fine, should keep for a few months :) Keep in mind that the coconut oil will change consistency with the temperature.

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  3. Have you noticed a different since using this?

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    1. I personally have, yes! I have added it into my routine for a few months now. In the beginning I used it a couple times a week, but now I only need to do it once a week. I feel like my face has detoxed, it feels "emptied" of the dirt and grime that was built up.

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  4. going to make half a recipe today.. can't wait to try it .

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  5. Do you now how much Activated Charcoal to use if it is not in pill form?

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