DIY Charcoal Face Mask Recipe (Only 3 Ingredients!)

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You may have seen my video on how to whiten your teeth with charcoal, but did you know that its great for your skin too? With only a few simple ingredients, this charcoal face mask is quick and easy. You can get clearer skin, detox, and soften your skin with this simple DIY recipe.

How to Make a Charcoal Face Mask

You can make a beauty treatment at home that rivals expensive natural beauty brands with only a few simple ingredients:

Bentonite Clay for Cleansing

Bentonite clay comes from aged volcanic ash sediment, and is used to attract, trap and remove toxins from the body. It’s the perfect addition to a cleansing face mask, as once mixed with water it will help to remove any impurities on the skin. On its own it can be a little drying, which is one reason why I’ve included raw honey in the recipe too.

Raw Honey for Soft Skin

If you’re a regular here at Wellness Mama, then you’ll already know how big a fan I am of raw honey. It can naturally sweeten desserts, soothe a burn, and is antibacterial. It’s useful for a face mask as it softens and soothes skin, and is antibacterial for anyone suffering from acne or blemishes. You can read more recipes and info on raw honey here.

Activated Charcoal to Detoxify

And now we come to the key ingredient. Charcoal is widely used in emergency settings if internal poisoning is suspected for its ability to absorb toxins. When applied to the face, charcoal will help to absorb toxins and impurities on the skin.

Essential Oils for Skin Health

Essential oils can be a helpful addition to DIY skincare recipes and play a variety of roles. This recipe uses tea tree and lavender essential oil in particular for their ability to purify the skin. Tea tree is commonly used for acne because of its antimicrobial properties. Lavender is commonly recommended for skin health. The overall concentration is low and there’s only ½ drop of each essential oil per face mask, but it’s enough to get results.

Charcoal Face Mask Recipe

Use your natural medicine cabinet supplies to whip up a gentle but detoxifying face mask suitable for most skin types.

Charcoal Mask Ingredients

Charcoal Mask Instructions

  1. In a small glass bowl add the water and essential oil.
  2. Sprinkle the bentonite clay over the top of the water mixture in the bow. Allow it to absorb for about 10 seconds before adding the rest of the ingredients. This makes the mixture easier to combine.
  3. Use a small rubber spatula to mash and mix everything together. The clay will want to stay lumpy, so this takes a few minutes to mix thoroughly. You’ll have enough mixture here for two face masks.
  4. Once your mask is mixed, apply it liberally to your face. Allow it to dry, about 10 minutes, before washing off with soap and warm water.

Note: This mask is meant to be used in one use and will not store well, as it does not contain preservatives.


  • Charcoal can and will stain light-colored fabrics, and possibly your sink. Be sure to avoid getting it on your clothes, and immediately clean it off of your sink when using.
  • This mask can be tough to get off, and gentle soap helps to get the rest of the charcoal off of your skin. Using a washcloth helps too, but it may permanently stain, so use an old one. A washcloth also scrubs the charcoal across the skin, which may be too irritating for some skin types.
  • This charcoal face mask may be too drying for some skin types, especially after using soap to remove it. If you find your skin needs it, then apply a thin layer of oil, like sweet almond or pumpkin seed oil, or your favorite natural face lotion afterward.

What natural methods do you use to purify and detox your skin? Do you have a favorite detox face mask recipe?

Make your own charcoal face mask with bentonite clay, activated charcoal powder, and raw honey for smoother skin and fewer breakouts!

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


81 responses to “DIY Charcoal Face Mask Recipe (Only 3 Ingredients!)”

  1. Annie Avatar

    Could you make this face mask store well by adding vitamin E to it or some sort of natural preservative?

  2. Brittany Avatar

    How do we make this mask so it can be stored? I’d love to be able to gift it but have them use it over time 🙂

  3. Rachel Avatar

    How much longer is the shelf life if you replace the water with aloe or vinegar?

  4. Marta Avatar

    Thank you for this recipe. I have charcoal powder I need to use! How often can I do this mask? Once a week? Also the recipe calls for 2masks but doesn’t store well,so should I make 2 masks on the same day? Thanks!

  5. Lindsey Avatar

    Can you just negate the honey? What could be an alternative to the honey?

  6. Susie Avatar

    3 ingredients? I counted four ingredients with an optional 5th. Update title maybe?

  7. Susie Avatar

    Hi Katie. Wonderful face mask! I’m interested in charcoal face mask but it may be drying for some skin types. However, my friends and I will check our skin types before applying the charcoal face mask. From my experience, I have using Korean face masks which shows a visible result. By the way, my friends and I also want to try the charcoal. Thanks for sharing new experience to us.

  8. Laura Avatar

    Hi Katie, this looks great, I’m going to try it! I think it also looks like something I could put together as a sort of kit to send my sister for her birthday. Is there something I could replace the honey with? Maybe a soothing oil? My sister is vegan so honey is a no-go for her.

  9. Timetra Avatar

    Hi there may I use honey water and the charcoal for the face mask?

  10. Shubha Avatar

    Hi ,
    Charcoal mask was definitely tough to get off . Ive used a tea tree herbal facewash to get rid off those charcoal stains. Is it okay ? Does still charcoal works after removing from facewash?

  11. Kerri Avatar

    So there is one important note that I didn’t see in your write up. You should not use a metal container or spoon with bentonite clay because the metallic ions in the spoon or container will be attracted to the clay and the clay will become useless. Another helpful tip would be to use half water and half apple cider vinegar. ACV helps dissolve bentonite clay beautifully without clumping.

  12. Ida Avatar

    Hi, I tried to use charocal on my face today. I dont know if I did it wrong. But it is the worst thing I have ever tried on my skin. It was not possible to wash off at all, so I had to use soap to wash it off :/ Now I have red and irritated skin.

  13. aditya Avatar

    i made this facemask but its very hard to remove , what to add to that to rinse of easily

  14. Nayna Avatar

    Thanks for the super simple recipe 🙂 Can’t wait to try it!

  15. Alex Avatar

    Sort of related to this post. Do you have any recipes or tips you can share for making a charcoal face wash? That would be in liquid form. I have never made soap before and would like to start out with liquid before I delve into soap making. I’ve got items like activated charcoal capsules, bentonite clay, red Moroccan clay, tea tree Castile soap, jojoba oil and various essential oils. I’m thinking I may have leaky gut (cystic acne) and am currently pregnant. I know internal help may benefit me more than external but I would like to incorporate charcoal into my daily skin care routine.

    1. Katie - Wellness Mama Avatar

      The easiest way is to add charcoal to a natural pre-made face wash you already have on hand. Other than that, I’d experiment with mixing liquid castille soap and charcoal and see how your skin does.

  16. Melissa Avatar

    Do you have a recipe to make a facial cleanser using some of the ingredients used in the mask? I’ve seen some recipes use baking soda and coconut oil along with essential oils. Any suggestions? Thank you 🙂

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