DIY Lavender and Chamomile Charcoal Soap

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If you’ve read my 4 Ways to Recharge & Boost Your Mood post, then you know at-home spa moments are one of my favorite ways to revitalize my body and spirit. A long hot shower with luxurious bath products is an easy way to wash away your worries and indulge in some daily pampering. Everything around you may be a hot mess, but you’ll be feeling so fresh and so clean! Lately, I’ve been using and loving this DIY Lavender and Chamomile Charcoal Soap. 

This soap is a cheat for Bath & Body Works Black Chamomile shower gel. Like the soap it was inspired by, this DIY Lavender and Chamomile Charcoal Soap pairs the calming effects of chamomile with the detoxifying benefits of activated charcoal. But this bar has two added bonuses – the addition of lavender, and the exfoliating power of the chamomile tea. After showering with this soap I love to moisturize with my DIY Whipped Body Butter. The combination of the exfoliating soap and super rich body butter leaves my skin feeling silky smooth. 

Not a seasoned soapologist? This DIY lavender and chamomile charcoal soap is pretty simple to make! The key to its simplicity is the use of melt and pour soap base. If you can melt, stir and pour, you’ve got this DIY in the bag! 



Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap | 1 pound  
Chamomile Tea | 1 teaspoon/1 tea bag 
Lavender Essential Oil | 15-20 drops 
Activated Charcoal | 5 Tablets
Soap Mold

Things To Consider

The more tea you add the more abrasive the soap will be. If you only want it to be lightly exfoliating add 1 tea bag (1 teaspoon) of tea. I used 3 tea bags and my soap is super exfoliating. But since I use this as a body and not a face soap I like it a bit more on the scrubby side. It makes me feel squeaky clean. If you’ll be using this to cleanse your face, definitely go less scrubby. 

Don’t own soap molds? You can buy a variety of different molds from the craft store or online. Using a muffin pan is also a popular option. Or you can use a recycled milk or juice carton (or something similar) like I did. I cut the top off of a tea carton and used it as my mold. Using a recycled carton means one less item to clean up or store away. 

How to Make DIY Lavender and Chamomile Charcoal Soap

Step 1 – Cut soap into pieces and melt in a double boiler or in the microwave. *Use 30-second intervals if microwaving, stirring between each round. 

Step 2 – Pour about 1/3 of the melted soap into a separate bowl/cup and add the activated charcoal. You’ll need to break the tablets open and sprinkle in just the powder. Stir until charcoal is completely dissolved and evenly distributed into soap.

Step 3 – Add the charcoal soap mixture back into the rest of the melted soap. Mix until soap is completely black/gray and there are no white streaks.

Step 4 – Add lavender essential oil and chamomile tea. Stir.

diy lavender and chamomile charcoal soap

Step 5 – Pour into mold. Spray the top with rubbing alcohol to eliminate bubbles. *I wasn’t concerned about the appearance of bubbles in my finished soap (aka, I couldn’t be bothered to find a spray bottle) so I skipped that part. The soap still turned out just fine.

Step 6 – Let harden for at least one hour (or according to the directions on your soap base) then remove from mold and cut into bars.

diy lavender and chamomile charcoal soap

Lather, Rinse and Repeat 

That’s it, you just made soap! Pretty simple, right? Now just lather up and enjoy your homemade treat! Also, consider sharing with your friends since this makes plenty. They’ll be super impressed with your soap making skills (no need to tell them how easy it was)! I gave some to my blog partner/bestie, Monti, and he loves it. Check out his thoughts in this Treat, Eat and Cheat of The Week post. 

If you try this DIY Lavender and Chamomile Charcoal Soap, let me know! Tag any pictures on Instagram with #prettysimplecheats so I can see your lovely creations. You can easily shop this post at the links below for all the supplies you’ll need. Happy soap making! 

xo, keanna 



By Keanna

I'm the crafty half of It's A Pretty Simple Life. I love a quick and easy DIY and live for a good home décor hack. I like to consider myself an amateur wine critic, but professional wine drinker; give me a bottle (or box) of Zinfandel and I'm a happy girl! There's a quote that I love that says "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated". My goal with this blog is to embrace the simple, to focus on the small things that bring a little bit of beauty and joy to an otherwise overwhelming and chaotic life. I hope you stay tuned and come along for the journey! xo, keanna


  1. Reply

    I can’t wait to try this! I want to do one with tea tree oil!

    1. Reply

      Oooh, I like that idea! I may have to try that next time.

  2. Reply

    This looks like a fun project. Do you have DIY to be more or less expensive than store bought options?

    1. Reply

      It usually depends on the project and if you already own some of the supplies or not. The first time you make something tends to be more if you don’t already own some of the ingredients. For beauty DIY’s that you can make in bulk like soap and body butters, I think in the long run it turns out about the same or possibly cheaper depending on what you’re comparing it to. You’ll be able to get a lot out of each batch and the majority of the supplies you purchase you’ll be able to reuse multiple times. Things like essential oils and coconut oil you will be able to use for multiple projects.

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