Activated Charcoal Face Mask With Essential Oils!

Activated charcoal is one of the items that we always have on hand at the house! We use it internally to soothe stomach discomfort and bloating, and to aid in our body’s natural detoxing. It’s also great for teeth whitening, water filtration, deodorant, and SKIN CARE!

What is Activated Charcoal?

“Activated charcoal is a special form of carbon that can bind other substances on its surface (adsorption). That is why it is used for water filtration. It is also used to adsorb drugs in the gut so the drugs don’t enter the body. Activated charcoal is made by burning carbon-rich materials, such as wood, at very high temperatures to create charcoal. The resulting product is a black, odorless powder. The charcoal is then “activated” through a special process that makes lots of holes and crevices on the charcoal particles to increase surface area and available binding sites. One teaspoonful of activated charcoal has about the same total surface area as a football field! In the emergency room, the black powder is mixed with a liquid and given to a poisoned patient to drink.” – Poison Control

Activated Charcoal for Skin Health

Activated charcoal actually binds to dirt in our pores, pulls it out, and helps to make our pores less visible!

Activated charcoal also helps to balance oily skin by pulling the excess oils out. 

It makes a great face mask for those who deal with acne because dirt + excess oil on the skin is a contributing factor and activated charcoal helps with both!

Activated Charcoal Face Mask

Making an activated charcoal face mask is super easy and leaves your face feeling AMAZING! I would only recommend using this mask 2-3 times per week.

What you’ll need (makes a mask for 1 person):

– 1/2 tsp. Activated Charcoal
– 1/2 tsp. Bentonite Clay (optional, but I love adding it!)
– 1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
– 4-8 drops of your favorite essential oils for skin health (see suggestions below)

What to do:

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and apply to face. Let dry and then rinse off.

Essential Oils for Skin Health

Essential oils for Dry Skin:

Myrrh, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood

Essential oils for Oily Skin:

Clary Sage, Rosemary, Frankincense, Geranium, Neroli, Citrus oils, Juniper

Essential oils for Sensitive Skin:

Lavender, Frankincense, Sandalwood

Essential oils for Acne-prone Skin:

Helichrysum, Lemon, Cinnamon, Tea Tree, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Juniper

Essential oils for Aging Skin:

Frankincense, Rose, Sandalwood, Carrot Seed, Neroli, Myrrh

This Essential Oil Diffuser Recipe Will Make Your House Smell Like Snickerdoodles!

We all want our homes to smell good, but at what cost?

The “fragrances” that are in just about everything from air fresheners to soaps to laundry and household products are potentially extremely hazardous to our health. Even things labeled as “fragrance free” can have fragrance added just to cover up bad chemical smells to make the product smell “neutral”.

The overwhelming majority (95%!) of the chemicals in fragrances are made from petrochemicals that are known to be a huge factor in cancer, birth defects, allergies, and more. Things like phthalates, benzene derivatives, aldehydes, and other known toxins can be used to create a fragrance, and all the company has to put on the label is the word “FRAGRANCE” because they argue that to list the actual chemicals out would be giving away their trade secrets.

Our family has completely banned anything with “fragrance” from our house, and I would encourage others to do the same! You can easily make or buy products without ANY artificial fragrance!

One of the ways we do that is through essential oils. When you purchase essential oils though, you have to keep in mind that the FDA does *not* distinguish between synthetic ingredients and ingredients that are 100% from plants. A company can say that a synthetic blend of chemicals made to smell like an essential oil is 100% pure. Blech!

After years of research, we chose to use only Young Living Essential Oils in our house. The quality and Seed To Seal guarantee just can’t be beat!

Over the past seven years, we’ve tried so many different diffuser recipes with essential oils and this one makes our house smell just like Snickeredoodles in the oven!

Here’s how to make it…

In your essential oil diffuser put:

  • 4 drops of Vanilla Essential Oil
  • 2 drops of Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drop of Nutmeg

If you don’t have the Vanilla Essential Oil yet, you can use 4 drops of the Stress Away blend instead.