Vanilla Peppermint Charcoal Detox Bar

13.11.17


Okay, hear me out. I know that most people are all about moisturizing their skin at this time of the year. The cold weather hits and my skin begins to crack and my hands resemble that of a 92-year-old woman. I know, I get it.

But there is something that I am sucker for all year round. DETOX. And if you're big into detox like myself, you know how amazing activated charcoal is. I brush my teeth with it, I spot treat zits with it, and I will often make a face mask with it. My best friend Zianza and I became obsessed with this charcoal face and body soap and decided to re-create it one day. It was messy and fun and we had such a great day! 

Ingredients:
  • Activated Charcoal* (I bought mine on Amazon)
  • Soap Base* (I bought mine from Michaels) 
  • Fragrance or Essential oil (few drops)
  • Soap mold (or any silicone mold)
  • Large bowl
  • Spoon
  • Whisk

*For 5 lbs of soap base, I used about 1 cup of charcoal. This made A TON of soap though. I will be giving some as gifts. You will be able to spoon in the the charcoal little by little until you create the colour you desire so it is hard for me to pinpoint exactly how much charcoal should be used. It is all based on personal preference! 

Step One:

Follow the instructions for melting down the soap base. I cut mine up into small-ish pieces and then melted at 30 second intervals (stirring in between) until it was completely melted.

Step Two:

Once melted, add in your desired fragrance oils. Then begin adding your charcoal. Start with just a spoonful, then whisk until it is completely combined. Continue to add more charcoal until you reach your desired colour.

Tip: If you want to get the ombre look that I created, follow these steps:
  1. Begin with a very light grey colour. 
  2. Pour a thin layer of the light grey into your mold. 
  3. Add more charcoal to the soap mixture in your bowl until the colour is noticeably darker than the previous layer. 
  4. Then pour a thin layer on top of the lighter layer.
  5. Repeat until your mold is full. Your last colour should be black.

Step Three:

Once your mold is full, let the soap sit overnight. If you're using a soap mold, release the large bar of soap from the mold and cut with a knife into whatever size of soap bar that your desire.

Happy Detoxifying!

Enjoy! xo

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