Are you into making your own natural bath products at home? Whether it's just for the fun of it, to save money or because you like to know what ingredients are going into your products, then this charcoal sugar scrub is a great one that will tick off all three of these requirements.
The addition of the activated charcoal to your typical sugar scrub may sound like a pricey one, but you only use one teaspoon in this recipe. So when you buy a container of it, you will have lots left for other products.
I have tons of great beauty recipes for you to try with activated charcoal powder:
- Activated Charcoal Detox Soap
- Activated Charcoal Drawing Salve
- Activated Charcoal Face Mask
- Shimmering + Soothing Bath Fizzies
- Detoxifying Activated Charcoal Body Scrub
- Charcoal Coffee Scrub
- Activated Charcoal Detox Bath Soak
All of these recipes, including the one I'm sharing today, contain only natural ingredients and include several essential oils.
Today's charcoal sugar scrub recipe contains ingredients that will leave your skin feeling nourished and moisturized. The charcoal and the oils both clean and detoxify, while helping you achieve a nice balance to your skin.
While this recipe calls for an 8-ounce glass jar, if you have a larger jar, you can calculate the proper ratio for the ingredients to work for the size jar you have. So, for a 16-ounce jar, double the recipe. Or you could use two 4-ounce jars for a couple of nice gifts!
Ready for smooth, clean skin? Get your supplies ready to make this skin healing charcoal sugar scrub.
DIY Skin Healing Charcoal Sugar Scrub
- 8 ounce glass jar with lid
- 1 cup organic sugar
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder
- 6 drops myrrh essential oil
- 5 drops frankincense essential oil
- 7 drops lavender essential oil
- Be sure your jar is clean and dry before you begin. I am constantly upcycling glass jars, so I like to double check that they aren't damp and don't have any residue in them.
- Add the sugar to a large mixing bowl. Check the sugar thoroughly for any lumps and push them with the back of a spoon to break them down.
- Measure out the coconut oil and and add to the sugar in the mixing bowl. Use a rubber spatula or a whisk to blend together really well. You want to be sure to get all of the sugar is wet with coconut oil. It should be all dampened, but not soaking wet.
- Next, you can add in your essential oils. The frankincense oil and lavender oil are both thinner, so add the drops carefully. The myrrh oil, on the other hand, is the opposite. I only use myrrh oil occasionally, and sometimes I can barely get my lid off because it has stuck. Myrrh EO is a thick resin and it may help to take the orifice out of the bottle and use a dropper to get the right amount out if you're struggling to get the drops from the bottle.
- Mix the essential oils well into the sugar blend and be sure the myrrh oil is evenly dispersed. It will color the sugar a bit, which helps you tell when it’s blended in well enough.
- Now, measure and add the activated charcoal powder, blending it in all the way. You will know when it is fully mixed because until it is, some parts of the sugar will still be white. Once the granulated sugar is all dark gray or black in color, you are done mixing.
- You can now add your charcoal sugar scrub to your glass jar. Get the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl scraped clean with a rubber spatula so you can be sure to add all of the scrub mixture to the jar. I typically use a spoon to transfer it into jars with smaller mouths to prevent making a huge mess as I transfer it.
- Place the lid on your jar and add a cute hand-drawn label and some twine or ribbon if you'd like, and you are all set.
- You can use this charcoal sugar scrub every bath if you like, or just on occasion as needed for rough or dry areas of skin.
- Place a small amount on a couple of fingertips and rub in a circular motion into dampened skin. Keep rubbing it in and you will feel the sugar break down as you do so.
- Once it has broken all down, go ahead and rinse well until the black is gone. You may need to rinse the tub or shower when you're done a bit too so you can get the black residue off.