So if you don’t already know, activated charcoal is pretty amazing stuff.
It acts as a natural way to remove impurities from the skin, absorb oil, eliminate blackheads and acne, and stimulate blood flow, resulting in a smooth, youthful complexion.
But plain, charcoal colored soap? Boring. This recipe mixes in goat milk, shea and peppermint essential oil for a pretty cool looking bar of soap.
I LOVE the way it turned out!
Wanna make it? Get all the ingredients here!
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 lbs. Goat Milk MP Base
¼ to ½ lb. Shea Butter MP Base
1-2 TBS. Activated Charcoal
½ to 1 tsp. Peppermint Essential Oil
Start by melting down the goat milk soap base. I cut mine into evenly sized cubes and heat it in the microwave (short intervals, stir in between) until it’s a nice, smooth liquid.
Stir in the essential oil. You can adjust this to suit your preference but always start with a small amount and reassess before adding more.
Now for the charcoal!
Be warned- this stuff will get everywhere if you’re not careful! Even during cleanup when I wiped down my counters that looked clean, there was a layer of black dust on my paper towel.
Stir until the charcoal is completely incorporated into the soap base. Be sure to scoop form the bottom in case some of the powder settles. When you’re done it should be a nice, dark charcoal color!
Carefully pour the mixture evenly into each square of the soap mold.
Melt the shea soap base the same way we melted the goat milk base. If you only want a light swirl, use ¼ lb. If you want a heavier swirl in each soap, melt the full ½ lb.
Working with one soap at a time, pour a small amount of shea soap slowly into the charcoal soap. Since this step is more decorative, I didn’t add any fragrance to it.
Using a wooden skewer, slowly swirl the shea soap around to create a marble look. Don’t over-swirl the soaps or you’ll end up blending the white soap onto the gray soap completely (we don’t want that- we want a pretty swirled look!).
Repeat the swirling step on each soap. Every bar will look different- which is what I love! No two bars are the same!
Allow the soap bars to cool and harden completely before popping them out of the molds.
Package them up in clear cello bags so that the beautiful patterns show, or use one right away!
Peppermint Charcoal Soap Recipe