diy activated charcoal body scrub | the plastic-free exfoliant

Ditch the microbeads for a natural, detoxifying body scrub.

After being holed up in jeans and jumpers for a few months, it’s no surprise that by the end of winter our skin needs that extra bit of TLC to get its glow back for the onset of warmer days (at last!).

In commonly available synthetic scrubs, plastic microbeads are used to put more ‘scrub’ in the scrub. These tiny particles make their way into our lakes and oceans and have many devastating effects on the marine ecosystems. Plants become suffocated, fish that ingest the plastic eventually starve to death and the accumulated plastic and its associated toxicity moves all the way up the food chain, even into the fish we eat.

DIY body scrubs are easy to make, inexpensive, plastic free and best of all – you know exactly what goes into them and therefore onto your skin. This homemade scrub will remove dead skin cells and toxins leaving your skin feeling smooth and rejuvenated. As well as being plastic-free, it’s contains no parabens, paraffins, mineral oils, silicone or artificial colours and fragrances.

This scrub is quick to make and uses just a few simple ingredients – sugar is a natural source of glycolic acid which helps encourage new skin production as well as removing dead skin cells.

Activated charcoal has been used for centuries in Asia for its healing properties. Charcoal has a wealth of  uses including water filtration and as an active ingredient in digestion supplements and even toothpaste.

It’s great for the skin and its many purifying, detoxifying, deodorising, and anti-bacterial benefits will wash away impurities. Charcoal works by trapping toxins in it’s tiny pores allowing them to be removed from the body.  The coconut oil base of this scrub ensures that your skin is replenished and hydrated for Spring-ready skin.

You will need:
  • 1/2 cup organic raw sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 tbsp activated charcoal powder
  • Optional – your favourite essential oil/s for scent


How to make:
  1. Simply add the sugar, oil and activated charcoal to a bowl and mix until fully combined.
  2. Transfer to a glass jar for storage.


How to use:

Use in the shower 2-3 times a week. Massage a handful onto your whole body (avoiding your face) and focusing on areas that need some extra exfoliation – heels, elbows, legs etc. Rinse thoroughly using a cloth if required.

Note: this scrub can be a little messy due to the activated charcoal so just ensure you rinse your shower after using.

Extra tips:

Swap the sugar for sea salt to step-up the exfoliant stakes. Whilst not recommended for sensitive skin, salt can be great for the feet especially.

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