Purifying Charcoal Mask

Purifying Charcoal Mask

This mask is one of the first ones I made when I first got into this stuff.  It’s just like the ones you buy from Clinique or other department store brands, but you can make it to “order,” and you can customize it to your skin type.  I’ll give you variations for sensitive skin, oily skin, and one for anti-aging. 

Normally I would consider my skin sensitive and tend to err on that or towards anti-aging. But sometimes I’ll still get a pimple, so if that’s your story when you make this, go towards the oily version.  However, no matter how oily your skin is, always follow up a charcoal (or any mud-type) mask with a good moisturizer.  My new favorite moisturizer is Egyptian Magic, which I referenced in Pretty Things:  March 2017.  I read about it in a magazine, and apparently they only do word of mouth advertising, which is pretty cool in my opinion.  You can use Egyptian Magic as an intense moisturizer, night cream, lip balm, or even in your hair.  It’s made of olive oil, and 5 bee products including beeswax, bee pollen, royal jelly, honey, and bee propolis. 

So for all the product variations of this mask.  You can buy activated charcoal here.  Get the calcium betonite clay here or at Whole Foods.  Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar is also at Whole Foods.  Rose water is available here.  You can get all the essential oils at Whole Foods or on Amazon.  Lavender essential oil is calming and great for sensitive skin.  Tea tree oil combats oily skin. Frankincense has anti-aging properties.  I use different ones during different times during the month, and I never use more than one mask per week (unless it’s a moisturizing sheet mask).


Total Time:  20 minutes (including set time)

Makes:  2 masks

Difficulty Level:  Easy


Ingredients for Sensitive Skin Variation

1 teaspoon activated charcoal

4 tablespoons calcium betonite clay

2-3 ounces water

5-6 drops lavender essential oil OR 1 teaspoon rosewater


Ingredients for Oily Skin Variation

ingredients for oily skin variation

1 teaspoon activated charcoal

4 tablespoons calcium betonite clay

2-3 ounces Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar

5-6 drops tea tree essential oil


Ingredients for Anti-Aging Variation

1 teaspoon activated charcoal

4 tablespoons calcium betonite clay

2-3 ounces water

5-6 drops frankincense essential oil



  1. Whisk all ingredients together with a small spoon or fork (or both) until it become the consistency of a clay mask. Start with 2 ounces of water or vinegar and add more if needed.
  2. Apply mask to face and neck. Let it set for 15 minutes or until it’s tingling and mostly hardened.
  3. Wash off with warm water. Complete you regular daily skin care routine, and follow up with an intense moisturizer (such as Egyptian Magic).





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