DIY Beauty Products with Charcoal Powder

DIY Beauty Products with Charcoal Powder
Hello, old friend. 

There is a reason why activated charcoal powder saw a popularity boom a few years ago. As a detoxifying substance, activated charcoal has been used in oral care, skin care, detox drinks, deodorant, and more. The powder’s benefits and ability to help draw out bacteria, toxins and dirt from your body has made this a game changer in the beauty industry. 

You may have been a part of the movement or perhaps you just witnessed it, but we’re here to help you use up your charcoal with some DIY beauty remedies. So go ahead, grab it off your shelf, and let’s bring back some charcoal.

(Note: With any product, please review the ingredient list before using to ensure you are not sensitive or allergic to any of its ingredients). 

Make a Detoxifying Face Mask

Need a new face mask? Look no further than your kitchen and bathroom. The same charcoal powder used for whitening your teeth can be used for a face mask with these simple steps.


  1. Mix 2 tsp. of water with 1 drop of lemon oil and/or tea tree oil in a bowl. 

  2. Add 1 tsp. bentonite clay to the mix and let it sit for a few minutes. Optional

  3. Add 1 tsp. of activated charcoal powder and raw honey or aloe gel to the bowl.

  4. Mix all ingredients until a paste is formed. 

 How to Apply: 

  1. Wash your face with a facial cleanser to remove any dirt, make up and oils. 

  2. Use your fingertips to spread the mask evenly across your including forehead, nose, cheeks and chin (avoid your eyes and mouth). 

  3. Massage the face mask into your skin. 

  4. Leave to dry for 15 minutes, rinse with warm water and dry your face. Apply a moisturizer on your skin after.   

This DIY face mask can be applied once or twice a week for best results without over drying your skin. We recommend reviewing the ingredients in your activated charcoal powder and testing on a small patch of skin prior to using.  

Add to Your Shampoo

This one is easy. 

To help you get rid of oily, flat and dirty feeling hair, just mix in a teaspoon of activated charcoal powder into your favorite shampoo or conditioner. Then you will wash and rinse your hair as you normally would, all while reaping the benefits of added volume and cleanliness. 

Working in the same way as the mask, the charcoal powder will pull out the toxins and purify your hair and possibly reduce dandruff and itchiness. You’re welcome, scalp.

Make a Deep Cleansing Body Scrub

This charcoal based body scrub will deeply cleanse, exfoliate and detoxify your skin. It can be used 2-3 times a week and the best part is, this scrub can be made at home, is all natural and you see exactly what ingredients you’re putting on your body!


  1. Gather ½ cup of organic sugar, 4 tbsp of olive oil, ½ tbsp of activated charcoal powder, ½ tbsp of bentonite clay and 16 drops of essential oils (grapefruit, lemon, orange, lavender).
  2. Add all ingredients into a bowl and mix with a spoon until well blended.
  3. Place into a 240ml glass jar and seal.

How to Apply: 

  1. Massage spread into your body and focusing on areas that need exfoliation. Be sure to avoid the eyes and mouth when dispersing the scrub. 
  2. Rinse off the scrub with warm water and dry with a towel (scrub can be messy but it will be worth it!) 
  3.  Use the scrub in the shower 2-3 times a week.

Whiten your Teeth 

Last but not least, our activated charcoal powder can be used in its most natural form, as a teeth whitening solution! With no substitutions or alterations needed, our charcoal powder removes bad breath and gently polishes away stains quickly and easily. 

Just follow these 3 simple steps and you’re on your way to a brighter smile:

  1. Wet your toothbrush and dip it in charcoal powder. 
  2. Gently brush for 1-2 minutes. 
  3. Rinse thoroughly and spit close to the drain with water running.

And there you have it – a whiter and healthier smile, the natural way!

If you’ve tried any of these DIY home remedies or set up a detox home spa, we’d love to see! Send us a DM on Instagram or post a photo and tag us @activewow! 


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