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Make Your Own Activated Charcoal Soap

Make Your Own Activated Charcoal Soap

We are celebrating Valentine’s Day this year with these gorgeous heart-shaped activated charcoal soaps. Not only are these soaps fun and a bit unconventional, but they are also great for your skin!

Activated charcoal has many health benefits for your skin. It cleans your skin deeply, detoxifying pores and balancing the oils in your skin. It soothes skin irritations and can even minimize pores. We think activated charcoal is a great natural tool to add to your skincare routine!

To make these heart-shaped soaps, you will need the following:

  • Soap base blocks: We used two glycerin soap base blocks for this project. If you want to achieve a deep black color, be sure to use a base that is clear. If you want a lighter grey color, use an opaque soap base such as cocoa butter or goat milk.
  • Food grade activated charcoal
  • Essential oils for fragrance (1-2 teaspoons)
  • Cosmetic grade glitter (if you like sparkles)
  • Silicone heart-shaped mold: We used this mold from Amazon. If you use a mold made out of something other than silicone, make sure the mold you use is heat resistant.

Start by cutting the soap base blocks into cubes and melting it on the stove on medium heat in a small pan (or purchase one of these pour pots from our website). You can also melt the soap cubes in a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. Melt in 30-second intervals and stir in between, continuing until fully liquid.

Once melted, remove from heat and add one heaping tablespoon of activated charcoal. Mix thoroughly. You should begin to see the color and texture become more consistent as the charcoal dissolves. Stir in the fragrance and glitter if desired. Pour the soap into your silicone mold and let it cool down to harden. To speed up this process, you can put the soap in your freezer for 20-30 minutes. However, we suggest letting it set for a few minutes until a skin starts to harden on the surface to make it safer to move into the freezer. Be sure to keep it level while it is cooling.

Remove soap from molds and enjoy!

Valentine’s Day DIY Heart Shaped Gift Box

Valentine’s Day DIY Heart Shaped Gift Box

Looking for the perfect DIY project to impress your Valentine? With this free printable & tutorial, you’ll learn how to make the cutest heart-shaped box that is ready to fill up with sweets and treats!


Click on the links to download, then save and print!

Page 1 // Page 2

We printed these templates on cardstock so that the box would be sturdy enough to hold chocolate truffles, but you could print it on regular paper too.



Once you have everything printed, decorate the pages!  Make sure to create your designs on the blank side of the pages so that the lines do not show. Carefully cut each pattern out with scissors or an x-acto knife.



The long rectangular strips will make up the sides of your boxes. Pre-fold these strips along the dotted lines.

Tape or glue the notched edge to the heart lid, using the interior solid lines as guides. Once done, tape the top and bottom corners of the heart together.

Repeat the process for the top and bottom lids, then fill and enjoy!