The Best DIY Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser

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The Best DIY Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser

As many of our long term followers know, I am IN LOVE with witch hazel and tea tree oil. I find any and every excuse to use it because it leaves my skin feeling clean, clear and gorgeous…not to mention blemish and bump free.

I use it in my facial spray, face masks, to reduce razor burn and so many other skincare related things. I truly did not think the combination could get better until I discovered active charcoal.

There’s a pharmacy company in Thailand (where I lived for several years!) called Boots that makes their own line o skincare and beauty products. While perusing the shelves there one day I discovered a tea tree oil and activated charcoal facial wash. Obviously I felt compelled to try it.

For those of you who don’t know, activated charcoal is a great natural remedy for ridding your body of toxins. You can take it orally to remove toxins like booze from your tummy, turn it into a paste and use it to help whiten your teeth and so much more.

It is incredibly porous and works by pulling molecules, atoms and ions towards its surface and sticking to it. This process is called adsorption; not to be confused with absorption.

As far as your skin is concerned, the activated charcoal seduces all the nasty bacteria and toxins away from your skin, holding tight onto them until you wash them away. The result – a clean, clear, bright complexion.

Since I began running out of my new fave cleanser and was no longer in Thailand to purchase more, I decided to give it a little DIY loving with a twist of Sabrina. After all, we love a good DIY around these parts.

My DIY Activated Charcoal Facial Cleanser Recipe

All you need is:

  • 1 part Powdered Activated Charcoal (not the tablets)
  • 1 part Witch hazel
  • 1 part Pure Aloe Vera gel
  • 3 drops Tea Tree Oil

Each ingredient is mixed in equal parts so you can make bigger or smaller batches depending on how you like it. In a little bowl, mix together all of your ingredients until thoroughly blended.

You will notice that the activated charcoal tends to separate from the other ingredients, but I’ll share a quick fix for that in a minute.

To use this facial cleanser all you need to do is:

  • Start by splashing your face and neck with water
  • Give your cleanser a good stir then scoop a quarter-sized amount up and rub it between your fingers **this helps keep the ingredients together
  • Rub the cleanser all over your face and gently massage it into areas where you experience regular breakouts and black heads. Do this for at least 1 minute
  • Rinse and pat your face dry with a clean towel
  • Apply your favourite moisturizer

My skin felt immediately fresh after using this DIY activated charcoal facial cleanser. After just a week I noticed my pores tightening and blackheads (especially on my nose) disappearing. It was pretty amazing. I was also amused daily by the black colour of the cleanser because most cleansers are clear or a very girly colour. This felt bad ass and like it was ready for some serious skin cleansing action. I’m easy to amuse, what can I say!

So go on and give it a try. Be sure to share your experience in the comment section below.

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12 comments… add one

  • This sounds right up my alley. what brand of charcoal do you recommend? thanks.

  • I use a local Thai organic activated charcoal, but would recommend something like this!

  • Where can activated charcoal be purchased at a reasonable price ?

  • You can find it on Amazon for nice and cheap. Try this!

  • what’s the shelf life like if i mix it in a large batch? and second question, is that the texture of the cleanser (i am referring to the pic on top of the article)? it doesn’t look like the charcoal is separating, kinda look well blended.

  • The mixture should keep for at least 4-6 weeks because of the Tea Tree Oil. If you shake the cleanser up real good before you squeeze some in your hand it will look like the picture and be a smooth texture, but if you forget you will notice that the charcoal separates.

  • Would it make a difference if I used aloe vera juice rather than the gel? That’s what I have on hand.

  • It would change the consistency, but if you’re using 100% aloe juice (no added sugar or anything) then in theory, it should work the same! Let us know how it turns out!

  • Wondering if you could use this everyday as in a daily face wash (like once a day kind of thing)???

  • For sure. I use it AM and PM and it hasn’t dried out my skin or had any other negative side effects!

  • Yes!! 😀 that’s great!…
    By the way could i use just the charcoal and aloe vera?, since that is what I have right now or do I have to add in the witch hazel and tea tree? or at least omit tea tree?

    I know I am asking so much, I’m sorry.

  • The witch hazel and tea tree oil will really give it that good cleansing and toning, so I would suggest using both. But there’s nothing wrong with trying out just charcoal and aloe vera too. Maybe it will work great for you, in which case you are one savvy DIYer 😉


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