How to Make Detoxifying Charcoal Soap

Melt and pour soaps are a pre-made base that come in a solid form, which you can cut, melt and pour into molds. These bases allow incredible artistic freedom when it comes to coloring, scenting, layering, imbedding and the finished mold.

As these require minimal processing it is a project that you can involve children, with appropriate supervision. The plus side to these soaps is that there is no cure time since they do not contain lye (sodium hydroxide); however the down side is that they are softer in nature and will be consumed that much quicker.

For this project, I wanted to focus on a soap that could help with minor acne and be deodorizing and chose the following ingredients based on those needs:

  • Charcoal: Detoxifies skin, good for acne, soothes skin irritation, gently exfoliates, good for oily skin
  • French Green Clay: Removes impurities from pores, detoxifies skin, exfoliates skin, sooths skin, reduces large pores, nourishes skin cells, good for acne
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil: Good for acne, good for oily skin; antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral
  • Lavender Essential Oil: Good for acne, soothes the skin, good for oily skin; antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial


  • 16 oz Melt & Pour Soap of choice
  • ½ Teaspoon of Activated Charcoal
  • ½ Teaspoon of French Green Clay
  • 0.20 oz Lavender Essential Oil
  • 0.20 oz Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Large measuring Pyrex Cup
  • Small bowl
  • Large kitchen knife
  • Cutting board
  • Spatula
  • Scale
  • Rubbing alcohol


  1. Cut up the soap in to small chunks and place in the measuring cup
  2. Microwave to melt using 30 second to 1 minute bursts, stirring frequently
  3. In a small bowl, mix the charcoal and clay in a small amount of the rubbing alcohol to disburse it
  4. Add the charcoal/clay mixture to the fully melted soap and stir well
  5. Weight out and add the essential oils to the mixture and stir well
  6. Pour into the molds
  7. Spray the soaps with rubbing alcohol to remove bubbles.
  8. Allow to dry
  9. Once thoroughly cooled and set, you can place the molds in the freezer for a few minutes which will allow the soap to contract from the sides, making the unmolding easier

For me this soap turned out to be perfect. I like how it feels on my skin and the scent is just light enough not to bother my sensitive nose. It is a tad drying so I opted to use it as body soap and steered clear of my face.

With the myriad ingredients you can add to melt and pour soap bases, you can tailor these to meet just about any need. They can be left unscented for those with sensitive skin or made with rainbow colored micas and a unicorn type fragrance oil.

Until next time, put your imagination to the test and see what you can create! Got photos of what you’ve already done? Share them with us!

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