October 13, 2020 2 min read

Activated Charcoal & Tea Tree Soap

 

This is a spin on the classic skin-detoxing charcoal and tea tree soap, but using some luxurious oils and butters to really ramp up the skin conditioning properties.

 

25g  castor oil (5%)

125g  coconut oil (25%)

200g  olive oil (40%)

50g  shea butter (10%)

25g  tamanu oil (5%)

75g  cocoa butter (15%)

90g  sodium hydroxide lye

190g distilled water

16g  tea tree essential oil (or do a combination of tea tree and lavender)

2 T  activated charcoal

 

Before you do anything, please ensure you are wearing the appropriate protective clothing, including gloves and  goggles. Do not let the lye mixture or the finished soap mixture touch your skin or you may get a lye burn. Keep pets and young children away. Work in a well ventilated area.

 

Slowly add the lye into the water and stir until dissolved. Set aside to cool. While your lye mixture is cooling, melt all your oils and butters together. Let the oil mixture also cool. Once both the lye mixture and the oils mixture have cooled down to around 50℃ (or lower but ideally within 10℃  of each other), slowly add the lye to the oils and blend with a stock blender until trace is reached. Add the activated charcoal and blend to incorporate, then add the essential oil and blend. If you like you can also add in some clay (this will make the soap lovely and creamy) but this is optional. Pour the soap batter into molds, tapping them to release any trapped air bubbles. Then insulate your soaps for at least 2-3 days, allowing them to harden up. Once they are hard you can remove them from their molds and leave to cure for at least 6 weeks. 


11 Responses

Juliette
Juliette

December 06, 2021

Hi Debra, this recipe doesn’t call for any clay :)
But any clay can be used in soaps – I typically use kaolin clay at about 1 tablespoon per 500g soap.

Debra
Debra

December 06, 2021

Hi Juliette,
Which clay might one use, and what percentage/portion?

Juliette
Juliette

September 22, 2021

Hi Chantel, it will depend on the size of your soap mold or how big you cut your soap bars. The recipe adds up to 800g

Chantel
Chantel

September 22, 2021

How many soap bars do the ingredients make?

Juliette
Juliette

August 10, 2021

Hi Abigail, oh dear! If you left out the coconut oil you may end up with a lye heavy soap as there will be less oil available to use up in the lye reaction. I’m not too sure if the soap will be usable as the coconut oil made up 25% which is quite a lot.. you may need to start over. But you can always let the soap cure and then see.

Abigail Thwala
Abigail Thwala

August 10, 2021

what can i do if i forgot to add coconut oil?
and how does the soap look like at the end, i feel like i did something wrong

Juliette
Juliette

July 27, 2021

Hi Faye, you can try argan oil instead of the tamanu, and sure, you can use clay instead but then it won’t be an activated charcoal soap, it will just be a clay soap. We do have some recipes for clay soaps so perhaps check those out for more recipes :)

Faye Gounder
Faye Gounder

July 27, 2021

what can i substitue tamanu oil with in this recipe
and can i use kaolin clay instead of activated charcoal

Juliette
Juliette

April 15, 2021

Hi Spindarella, unfortunately we don’t have any samples to give away, sorry. But all the best with your business!

Spindarella Motloung
Spindarella Motloung

April 15, 2021

Good day. I’m starting a small business. May I please have samples of the soap ingredients if you have any. Thank you

Rachel
Rachel

April 14, 2021

perfect oil

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