Purifying Charcoal Face Mask

Here's a purifying clay based mask that your skin is going to love! Incredibly simple, quick to whip up and effective. This mask features activated coconut charcoal, kaolin clay, rosemary essential oil and grapefruit essential oil, a clarifying blend of ingredients to leave your skin smooth, clear and healthy looking.

Ingredient spotlight:

Activated Coconut Charcoal: Commonly found in natural water filtering systems due to it's ability to draw impurities from it's surrounding, activated charcoal is a lovely ingredient for your skin for the same reason. This purifying ingredient is useful for managing body odor, acne and bug bites. Note, when your purchasing Activated Charcoal, make sure that it's from Coconut Shells. Firstly, this variety is much gentler on your skin... secondly, a lot of the Activated Charcoal with no mention of where it's derived from is actually made from coal... Not the greatest option to be using on your body. This ingredient can be messy! A little bit goes a long way, a lot, while it wont hurt your skin, will be a hassle to clean off of your sink or bath tub. I like to remove my charcoal masks in the kitchen sink, which I find much easier to clean. Don't let this scare you off from activated charcoal, a bit of cleanser is all you need to wash it off... for me, the benefits far outweigh the mess!

White Kaolin Clay: Commonly found in the soil of hot and moist climates, e.g. rain forests. This versatile clay is also known as China clay and found in a wide variety of cosmetic products, including facial masks, deodorants and body powders. White Kaolin Clay is a nice gentle purifier, not harsh on sensitive skin types like some of the other clays, e.g. bentonite. As a result, white kaolin clay is one of my top recommendations for most skin types. Note, if you can't get a hold of this clay, bentonite clay (e.g. Redmonds Clay) will do the job well. This ingredient is more purifying but also a bit harsher. If you have sensitive or dry skin, try incorporating a bit of oil into your mix if your using bentonite clay.

Rosemary Essential Oil: This herb has a woody and evergreen aroma and is a part of the mint family. Primarily due to it's carnosol content,  it has a very high antioxidant ORAC value of 3,300, aiding to it's potent anti-inflammatory properties. It's also quite antiseptic and antimicrobial. While extensively used in hair care, rosemary essential oil is very useful in your skincare routine for oily skin, acne, eczema, duller complexions and puffiness.

Grapefruit Essential Oil: Like the rest of the citrus oils,  grapefruit essential oil is natural purifier with potent antiseptic effects, making it a great go-to for oily and acne prone skin types as well as for cuts and bug bites. Also known to be energizing and invigorating, not a bad side bonus to your DIY mask! Note, citrus oils (except sweet orange) tend to cause photosensitivity when used before going out in the sun. Avoid UV ray for a up to 12 hours after using this essential oil on your skin. If you want to use your face mask before a day on the beach, opt for sweet orange essential oil!

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  • 1-2 tbsp Water
  • 1 tbsp White Kaolin Clay
  • 1tbsp carrier oil of choice
  • 1/2 tsp Activated Coconut Charcoal
  • 2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
  • 2 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil


1. Put your White Kaolin Clay, Activated Coconut Charcoal and Essential Oils in a small cup.

2. Add 1 tbsp of water to your mix and stir. Your mixture should start to form a smooth paste. If your happy with the consistency of your mixture, stop here. Otherwise, add 1 more tbsp to your mix and stir. You can add more water if you like, but for me, 2 tbsp's gives me my ideal consistency (up to you though :)!)

3. Apply your mask you your face (I use a spoon so I don't get my hands full of charcoal), let dry for 10-15 minutes and rinse off! If you still have a bit of grey on your face, follow up with a cleanser.




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