Activated Charcoal Shampoo and Body Scrub

Activated Charcoal in the Shower: Shampoo, Body Scrubs & Konjac Sponges

Where to Buy Activated Charcoal Shampoo

This might come as a bit of a shock, but on the long list of, “Oh my gosh, this stuff is amazing for my ___________ ” - hair is one of them.

Great hair really does start at the scalp and activated charcoal is terrific at removing buildup and dirt from the scalp.

In the same way activated charcoal helps eczema or psoriasis, it can help an itchy scalp.

There are lots of great activated charcoal shampoos on the market. Here are a few brands you can look into.

If you’re into DIY projects here is a recipe from Naturally Curly.

DIY Activated Charcoal Shampoo

  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup warm water
  • ¼ tsp activated charcoal

Mix the baking soda and the water together before adding the charcoal. Work the shampoo into your scalp and hair before rinsing.

Activated Charcoal Body & Facial Scrubs

Photo Credit: Fresh Picked Beauty 

I’ve already talked about how wonderful an activated charcoal scrub is for dry and flakey skin.

This might be the best application of activated charcoal, it does wonders for the skin and leaves it feeling oh-so clean.

The Kitchen Activated Charcoal Scrub

Crunchy Betty’s scrub is a little more high maintenance than the rest of the recipes we’ll share here. It requires quite a few ingredients from the kitchen and a food processor.

  • 1/4 c. finely ground oats
  • 1/4 c. white rice flour
  • 1/8 c. finely ground almonds
  • 2 Tbsp cosmetic clay (fuller’s earth, bentonite, kaolin, french green, or rhassoul)
  • 1 Tbsp ground dried calendula
  • 1 Tbsp ground chamomile
  • 1 tsp activated charcoal
  • 1/4 tsp evening primrose oil
  • 7 drops turmeric resin oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil

This recipe requires more then a few steps, so instead of re-writing her entire post I’m going to direct you over to for her step-by-step directions!

Activated Charcoal Facial Scrub

  • White sugar
  • Dr. Bronner’s 2-in-1 Hemp Unscented Baby Mild Castile Soap
  • Shea butter
  • Castor oil
  • Hazelnut oil
  • Activated charcoal
  • Tea tree oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Rosemary essential oil

This activated charcoal cleanser and facial scrub is terrific for gently removing make up AND dealing with acne.

Shea butter is an incredibly hydrating moisturizer that will help soothe dry, irritated skin. The blend of essential oils is also a nice, luxe touch.

Full Body Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Treatment Cubes

This recipe is super cute (and creative). You’re basically adding a bar of activated charcoal soap to lots of other awesome, natural ingredients to create miniature body scrub cubes.

Each cube is big enough for one full body treatment.  

  • A Bar of Activated Charcoal Soap
  • Coconut Oil
  • Activated Charcoal Powder
  • Bentonite Clay
  • Lemon Essential Oil (or a blend)
  • Cane Sugar
  • Silicon Ice Cube Trey

This requires more than just a quick mix of ingredients; so once again I’ll encourage you to visit Shannon @ Fresh Pick Beauty to get the full step-by-step treatment.

Activated Charcoal Body Polish

  • 3 Tbsp white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp activated charcoal
  • 1 Tbsp bentonite clay 
  • 1 Tsp lavender flower powder
  • 1 Tsp calendula flower powder
  • 1 Tsp Walnut shell powder
  • 1 Tsp Coconut Milk Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Carrot Powder

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and store it in an air tight container. When you're ready to use mix 1 part body polish with 1 part of your favorite liquid. Coconut oil, honey and aloe vera work well.

Baking Soda Activated Charcoal Body & Facial Scrub

  • ¼ Cup Borox
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1/8 Cup Activated Charcoal Powder
  • ¼ cup Bentonite clay powder
  • 10 to 20 drops of Tea tree oil.

This is a quick and easy recipe to make with fairly common ingredients. If you don’t have tea tree oil on hand you can swap it out with your favorite essential oil.  It’s an excellent daily exfoliating scrub that is cheap and quick to make.

Combine all the ingredients, mix thoroughly and store in an air-tight jar!

Activated CharcoaL Cleansing Grains Facial Scrub

  • 2 tsp bentonite clay
  • 1 tsp spirulina powder
  • 1 tsp sea clay
  • 2 tsp activated charcoal
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp dead sea salt, fine ground
  • 1 tbs arrowroot powder or ground oats

These are really cool - you make a small containers of the above ingredients. Rachel uses 8 dram glass vials - when it's time to use one you just added a liquid. That can be manuka honey, your favorite oil or even just water. 

Gently massage the scrub into your skin and wash it away with warm water. These are great for exfoliating your skin in an all natural way.

Charcoal Exfoliating Sponges (Konjac Activated Charcoal Sponge)

Konjac Sponges come from a plant that is found in Asia and it’s made up of 97% water. The sponge itself is created from the fibers of the plant— making it an all-natural sustainable product.

The addition of activated charcoal creates an ideal exfoliating sponge that helps deal with blackheads, dead skin cells and dirt. It makes an excellent addition to your daily shower routine.

I’m partial to these Konjac Sponges made by Riverlightnaturals.comthey last longer and they have a tear-drop shape which makes them more user friendly when scrubbing large areas and small areas.