Lush is all kinds of things wonderful, but affordable it is not. I originally started soap making to save money on my face soap: Coalface. I loved how it made my skin feel, keeping my acne at bay and giving me that squeaky clean look. But, at around $25 a pop that only lasts 1 – 2 months, I found myself wondering if I could replicate it. Turns out, I can make something pretty awesome that does the job! While it (most definitely) not the same recipe as Lush uses as I’m not a wizard or spy, it still leaves my face feeling amazing and costs about $2per bar. And, that’s the expensive way. A tutorial on making charcoal soap from scratch is coming soon!
What you will need:
– stir sticks
– cutting may or board you don’t mind for crafts
– measuring cup (I use an old one with a chip in it as my designated cup. No soapy residue when cooking)
– tea tree oil
– activated charcoal
I like to use goat’s milk or coconut oil as a base soap. You can get melt and pour soaps from Candora on the cheap. I started with melt and pours because it’s easy to dip your toe into soap making, save you some money, and have great soap!
This time around, I used a tea tree oil base and loved it!
Stir well. Make sure the charcoal is mixed in well and there are no chunks floating around. Chunks in the liquid will turn into chunks in your solid soap.
Pour into soap mold. I like to use washed out old milk containers or concentrated juice containers, This time I used plastic wrap to keep it clean, but will most likely just go back to washing them out properly and pouring straight in. It didn’t leave my soap molded as nice as usual.