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Tea Tree and Charcoal Soap
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DIY Detox Tea Tree + Charcoal Soap

This detoxifying (and oh-so-easy) activated charcoal soap recipe is great for acne-prone skin!
Prep Time20 mins
Cooling Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins
Course: Bath and Body Soap
Keyword: charcoal, DIY, soap
Yield: 6 small soaps
Author: Stephanie Gerber
Cost: $10


  • Microwave-safe bowl or double boiler
  • Soap mold



  • Cut the soap base into small chunks and place in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in 30-second intervals until completely melted.
  • Remove a small amount of soap into a cup and let cool slightly. Open the charcoal capsules, and mix charcoal into slightly cooled soap until blended and no lumps remain. Add back into the rest of the melted soap base and stir well to fully disperse charcoal.
  • Add the tea tree oil. If you don't like the smell of tea tree, you can add peppermint essential oil to hide the scent.
  • Pour into mold (I used a silicon mold I had lying around, but a muffin tin works great) and let cool completely before removing.


Adding charcoal to a small portion of slightly cooled soap should help it mix better. If you’re having problems with clumping, use a wire whisk to break it up. Only when you’ve gotten rid of all clumps should you add the charcoal soap to the rest of the soap base.
This soap should last about 6 months.