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Charcoal Lavender Soap Bars

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Charcoal Lavender Soap Bars are a simple soap recipe that helps draw out toxins and bacteria while soothing the skin with the calming properties of lavender.

Making your own natural body products is the perfect way to take more control over the quality of products you use on your body. By making them yourself, you have complete control over the types of ingredients going into the items you choose to make. While allowing you to be completely selective in all aspects.

Furthermore, by doing so you tend to have a better understanding of the ingredients in particular and the benefits of using them. Over the years I have learned quite a bit about different natural ingredients while making my products and certainly have found my favorites through this process.

Today we are making a beauty bar that utilizes activated charcoal for the benefit of pulling toxins and bacteria from the skin. Activated charcoal is one of my favorite ingredients to use in body products. We will be infusing this charcoal soap bar with a bit of lavender essential oil for the calming benefits associated with lavender oil. This soap is a fun one to make and to try. It is also an excellent one to gift if your one to give homemade gifts.

If you love these bars be sure to try my Lemon Chia Shea Butter Bars as well.

What You Will Need To Make Charcoal Lavender Soap Bars

1 lb melt and pour soap melt

2 tsp activated charcoal

10 drops of lavender essential oil

soap mold

double boiler or bowl over sauce pot

Directions

Begin by cubbing up the soap melt in to 1/2 inch pieces (shown). Place in your double boiler or bowl. Heat over medium heat until the melt and pour soaps are completely melted. Remove from heat, add the activated charcoal and mix well.

cutting up soap mold to make soap
soap melt cubes in a double boiler
cubed soap melt in a bowl
adding activated charcoal to soap base

Once the activated charcoal is mixed in, your bowl of soap will look dark gray in color. Add the essential oil and mix entire contents until completely incorporated.

adding lavender essential oil into charcoal soap
removing charcoal lavender soap bars from soap mold

Pour the mixture into your awaiting soap molds and allow it to set a couple hours at room temperature. When the soap bars are completely set, pop them out and they are ready for use.

charcoal lavender soap bars

Tips

  • You will need to work somewhat quickly as the soap melt begins to harder when removed from heat. Make sure to have everything set up and ready to mix in before beginning.
  • Allow proper time for the soap to set. Otherwise, trying to remove soft soap will result in dents or hand prints on the bars.

Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil for Skincare

The use of lavender essential oil for skincare has proven very beneficial. The antioxidant properties in the lavender oil help to increase collagen production. Moreover, research has shown that applying lavender oil to wounds can help speed up the process of collagen replacement.

Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory properties which make it great for use on skin that is prone to blotchiness or redness. This is why I have added it to this particular soap bar. It is also beneficial for those who suffer from acne as the lavender oil helps to eradicate acne-causing bacteria found on the skin and can help diminish inflammation.

Benefits of Activated Charcoal for Skincare

Activated charcoal is a favorite ingredient amongst the natural beauty world. This black odorless powder comes in many forms and is used in skincare as a soothing exfoliant that works to pull toxins and bacteria from the skin.

What is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been treated with oxygen at very high temperatures to make it more porous. Going through this process its internal structure reduces the size of its pores and increases its surface area which then results in a fine black powder. Activated charcoal has been used since ancient times to treat various ailments. Today we are using it in our soap bars to pull toxins and bacteria specifically from the skin. Thereby creating an exfoliating soap bar.

How Often To Use

Since you are using a soap that pulls toxins from the skin it is recommended to use this bar one to three times per week maximum as using it too often might result in irritation on the skin. In between use, you should use your regular soap.

Where To Use

Normally I wouldn’t mention using bar soap on the face however charcoal soap is different in its usage. Since charcoal soap can help pull toxins from the skin and help rid the skin of acne-causing bacteria using it on the face might be beneficial if you suffer from these issues.

When using it on your face it is important not to directly rub the bar on the face as the activated charcoal is made up of small particles and could be abrasive. To use take the bar in your hand, wet it under some water then create a lather first.

Apply the soap by massaging the soap into the skin to wash in circular motions avoiding your eye area. When using it on the body, you should use the same method to apply the soap by lathering it first and then applying it with your hands. Rinse as usual and moisturize after.

How To Store Charcoal Lavender Soap Bars

Between uses, I like to store mine in a small mason jar or set it in a soap caddy. To store the spare bars prior to use, I wrap them in parchment paper and store them in a room temperature cabinet.

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Charcoal Lavender Soap Bars

Yield: 4- 4oz Bars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

a simple soap recipe made with activated charcoal and lavender

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs goats milk soap base (or you can shea butter, olive oil or castile soap melt and pour soap base)
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 tsp activated charcoal

Instructions

    1. Begin by cubbing up the soap melt into 1/2-inch pieces (shown).
    2. Place in your double boiler or bowl.
    3. Heat over medium heat until the melt and pour soaps are completely melted.
    4. Remove from heat, add the activated charcoal and mix well.
    5. Once the activated charcoal is mixed in, your bowl of soap will look dark gray in color. Add the essential oil and mix the entire contents until completely incorporated.
    6. Pour the mixture into your awaiting soap molds and allow it to set for a couple of hours at room temperature.
    7. When the soap bars are completely set, pop them out and they are ready for use.

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