Introduction: Activated Charcoal & Tea Tree Oil Shaving Soap
Activated charcoal has long been used as a home remedy for bee stings, poisonings, and to remove toxins from the body, but did you know it make a great addition to bar soap or shaving soap. Activated Charcoal in soap is detoxifying, exfoliating, clarifying and makes your skin feel great without drying out your skin. If you are prone to break outs or acne Activated Charcoal Soap can helps gently exfoliate and draws out dirt and oil that can clog pores.
Adding tea tree oil adds natural antifungal and antiseptic properties and has long been known to help with clearing up acne by limiting the growth of bacteria. This soap can also be used to everyday bathing or face washing routines.
Using a Shaving brush and soap is by far a better way to shave than a can of chemical cream or gel. The alcohol and propelant used in compressed cans can dry out your skin and doesn't provide the best shave you can get. A brush will gently raise the hair and exfoliate dead skin helping to prevent ingrown hairs and razor burn. Adding a Brush and Soap to your shaving routine will help if you are prone to acne and it is great for the environment. Shaving soap last longer than any can of chemical cream and with no can or waste to throw in the trash can.
Step 1: You Will Need
If you can't find any of these ingredients at your local stores you can buy them online.
Step 2: Glycerin Soap Base
There are many varieties of glycerin soap base from goats milk, honey, olive oil, or with the shea butter included. The important part is choosing a soap with a high glycerin base, because the glycerin improves the razors ability to glide accross the face. This will prevent razor burn and limit cutting the skin. I prefer to add shea butter seperately so that I can choose the amount of shea butter that goes into my shaving soap.
Remove one pound of Glycerin Soap Base and cut it into small cubes for quicker melting. Add 1/2 ounce of shea butter. Melt with a double boiler, or in the microwave starting at 40 seconds and adding 10 seconds at a time until the soap is completely melted.
Step 3: Activated Charcoal
Using 10 charcoal caplets, seperate the capsels and pour the activated charcoal powder into a bowl. Pour about 1 cup of melted glycerin soap base into the mixing bowl and stir. Once the charcoal powder is blended pour the cup of mixed charcoal soap into the rest of the melted soap base and stir.
Step 4: Charcoal and Tea Tree Oil
Add 10-15 drops of tea tree oil to your mixed charcoal soap and stir. (you can add peppermint oil if you don't like the smell of tea tree oil)
Pour the Mixture into cupcake molds and allow at least 1 hour to cool.
Step 5: Shaving Puck
After the shaving mold hardens you can remove a perfectly shaped shaving puck that will fit in your shaving bowl or mug. Use a brush to lather up and enjoy.