DIY Charcoal Detox Soap

4 Materials
5 Minutes

Activated charcoal is used for all kinds of detoxification. This Charcoal Detox Soap is refreshing and cleansing and a great pick-me-up in the morning or to get the grime off at the end of the day. It’s also super easy to make.

I love making soap! I want my homemade soap to be free of lye (a dangerous process to make), and made with all natural ingredients. It took a while to research different recipes and soap making techniques, but once I figured it out, I was shocked at how easy it is!

Activated charcoal (not the kind in your grill) is the secret ingredient. It comes with the good, the bad, and also the ugly.

First, the good. Charcoal is a natural detoxifier. It helps to bind to toxins and flush them out of your body. It’s been used in emergency rooms and for trauma for years. Many who subscribe to a more natural or alternative health lifestyle use it to help with detox and to reduce bloating.

Second, the bad. It will stain. Don’t wear your nice clothes when you make this soap.

Even though you are bathing with this and not consuming, it’s still important to discuss… Activated Charcoal can interfere with medications and existing health conditions. The Mayo Clinic has a whole list of drug interactions for you to review and discuss with your doctor before using or consuming charcoal. Here are a few:

  • Naltrexone (used for alcohol and opioid dependence)
  • Acrivastine
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone
  • Methadone
  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone
  • Acetaminophin
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Theophylline

The ingredients here will make 6 bars of Charcoal Detox Soap. You can add or subtract the quantities as needed for the number and size of bars that you use.

We have a lot of vegans in the Pink Fortitude family, so you can use shea butter suspension. Or goats milk suspension is lovely too for anyone else. The choice is yours. I personally like shea butter for this soap.

You will want about 6-8 drops of Essential Oil per bar of soap.

**It’s also very important to note that the charcoal will still stain while in the shower. Be sure to use only dark colored washcloths or scrubbies!**

Don’t forget… It will stain. Don’t wear your nice clothes when you make this soap!

The directions look lengthy, but I spelled it out so you can follow the directions easy peezy charcoal breezy. I recommend reading through the directions first before making this, so you know what to do.


  1.  Cut the soap into smaller pieces to make it easier to melt.
  2. Empty out your charcoal pills into a tablespoon until 3/4 or full. Set aside.
  3. Queue up the castor oil, essential oils, and soap mold.
  4. Heat ALL of the soap in a glass measuring cup until melted. Depending on your microwave, this should take about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the castor oil and essential oils and stir.
  6. Pour HALF of the melted soap into the molds.
  7. Add the charcoal to the remaining soap in the measuring cup and stir.
  8. Pour this on top of the soap already in the molds. You want to do this quickly so the soap doesn’t settle.
  9. Take a toothpick or something similar and stir. NOTE – you want an easy stir to get that pretty marbled pattern. If you mix it, you’ll end up with a boring and blah gray soap.
  10. Let sit for four hours at room temperature.
  11. Gently remove from the silicone molds.

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