DIY Beauty: Activated Charcoal

By Katrina Johns, recipe & story; make-up & hair, Brodine, Judy Inc.

Photos By Richard Dubois

As our awareness of natural ingredients has grown, so has the use of charcoal in many beauty products. We’ve created four DIY beauty products to help keep your skin looking fresh and glowing as we transition into the colder months.

What is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal is a very finely ground, black powder, typically made from coconut husks. This powerful detoxifier is odourless, tasteless and nontoxic.

What is it used for?

In traditional medicine, activated charcoal is used to remove toxins from the body. It is also used in air and water purifiers. It has gained much repute as a multipurpose ingredient, essential to a natural beauty routine. It is often used to relieve bloating and indigestion, as well as a face mask, teeth whitener, or natural mascara.




  • 1 cup castile soap
  • 2 tbs. grape seed oil
  • 1⁄4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1 tsp. activated charcoal
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a glass jar and shake until thoroughly mixed.
To use, shake jar and pour mixture onto loofa. Lather on skin and rinse well.


  • tsp. stevia (liquid)
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbs. coconut oil
  • 10 drops peppermint oil 03
  • 2 tbs. bentonite clay
  • 1 tsp. activated charcoal

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Slowly add water as needed. Once mixed, thoroughly store in an airtight container.

To use, place a small pea size dollop on your toothbrush and brush as you would with regular toothpaste. Rinse well and brush again if necessary.


  • 1 tbs. activated charcoal
  • 1 tbs. grey clay
  • 1 tbs. honey

Mix all the ingredients together and paint an even layer onto your face. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, then rinse. Following your detox mask, wash your face with your favourite cleanser.


  • 1⁄2 cup fine Dead Sea salt
  • 1⁄2 cup course Dead Sea salt
  • 2 tsp. activated charcoal
  • 2 tbs. jojoba oil
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix the fine and course salt together. Add the rest of the ingredients and put the scrub in an airtight container. To use, rub the mixture in circular motions and let sit on skin for 3–5 minutes.

Rinse off skin and scrub left over oils with a lightly scented soap. It leaves skin moisturized and smelling amazing.