DIY Charcoal Salt Scrub

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This DIY activated charcoal salt scrub recipe uses sea salt, coconut oil and essential oils to help exfiliate, cleanse and moisturize skin.

DIY activated charcoal salt scrub in a jar

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 salt scrub is a great one that will tick off all three of these requirements.

The addition of the activated charcoal to your typical salt 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:

All of these recipes, including the one I’m sharing today, contain only natural ingredients and include several different essential oils.

Today’s charcoal salt scrub recipe contains ingredients that will leave your skin feeling smooth and moisturized. The sea salt scrubs away dead skin while the charcoal cleanses.

Glass jar of charcoal salt scrub

DIY Skin Smoothing Charcoal Salt Scrub

This DIY activated charcoal salt scrub uses coconut oil and essential oils to help cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize skin.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 1 Jar


  • 1 cup sea salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder
  • 6 drops myrrh essential oil
  • 5 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 7 drops lavender essential oil


  • 8 ounce glass jar


  • Add the sea salt to a large mixing bowl. Check the salt thoroughly for any lumps and push them with the back of a spoon to break them down.
    Pouring sea salt into glass mixing bowl
  • Measure out the coconut oil and and add to the salt 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 salt is wet with coconut oil. It should be all dampened, but not soaking wet.
    Adding coconut oil to bowl with salt
  • 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 essential oil 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 salt blend and be sure the myrrh oil is evenly dispersed. It will color the salt a bit, which helps you tell when it’s blended in well enough.
    Adding essential oils to salt and coconut oil
  • 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 sea salt will still be white. Once the salt is all dark gray or black in color, you are done mixing.
    Adding charcoal powder to bowl with salt and oils
  • You can now add your charcoal salt 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.
    Glass jar of charcoal salt scrub


To Use

  1. You can use this charcoal salt scrub every bath if you like, or just on occasion as needed for rough or dry areas of skin.
  2. 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 salt break down as you do so.
  3. 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.

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