Benefits of Activated Charcoal

I use activated charcoal in my best selling soap as it has amazing absorption abilities. It will help remove built up dirt and grease on the face, leaving it silky smooth. It has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes, but today it has many other uses including

  • The absorption of gases and toxins
  • Lining gas masks
  • Antidote to poison
  • Purifies drinking water
  • Removes odours (used as a body deodorant, shoe and fridge deodorant)
  • Treats overdoses
  • Teeth whitening and oral health
  • Wound cleaning
  • Relieves itching caused by bites and stings
  • Relieves bloating and flatulence

It’s amazing stuff!

I get mine from Baldwin’s who source theirs from coconut shells rather than wood. This means that no trees or food sources are wasted to produce it.

“The charcoal undergoes a process called “activation”. This is achieved by firstly burning the shells in the absence of air and then placing the carbonized shells in a kiln full of steam at a temperature above 800 C for between 12-24 hours. The steam opens up the pores of the charcoal and thereby enlarges them. It is this process of “activation” that creates an enormous internal surface area (over 1000 sq meters per gram of charcoal!) which makes the charcoal such an effective adsorbent. ‘Activisation’ enlarges the pores of the charcoal so much that a teaspoonful has a surface area about the size of a football pitch!.”

😳 A football pitch!!  Can you imagine trying to clean that up!

Getting the most out of your soap bar

♥  Use it every other day on the face otherwise it will dry your skin out, over-producing natural oils.

♥  I lather up the soap in my hands, wash my face then rinse straight away.  

♥  You can leave it on for a few minutes so it acts like a face mask.  Rinse off.

♥  Like all my soaps, the bar needs to drain freely to dry otherwise it will go all squidgy.

bar soap, vegan soap, organic soap, handmade haven, black soap, pore cleanser

Natural makeup Remover – Week 4

Well here we are at week 4 – olive oil week.  I kept pouring into a bowl as my olive oil comes in a 5 litre tin but that worked well.  The oil is quite dense so it sat on top of the pads, long enough that it worked just as well as the coconut oil.  I wonder whether using thinner pads (flannel or muslin) for the sunflower oil would help.  My eyes felt fine, no excessive rubbing.

The pads washed perfectly fine…as did the sunflower oil ones from last week.

Price per bottle of 500 ml, £2.35 from Tesco.  Again, I would normally shop in Aldi so this would be cheaper.  (My 5 litre came from Suma – £32 per 5 litre – was actually out of date so I’ll be getting more from Aldi 😉 )

Next up is the only cosmetic oil – sweet almond.  This is a light oil so I’ll definitely be grabbing some thinner, flannel pads.

Natural Makeup Remover – Week 3

Well, this week has been the sunflower oil week.  After using the coconut oil last week I must admit to being a little apprehensive about this as the coconut oil was so fab.

I’ve just being using the bottle straight out of my oils rack, rather than decanting as it was quite low.  The first thing I noticed was how it soaked straight through the pad, just like a conventional makeup remover, meaning I would be using more over the week.  It felt messy.  On first look it seemed to work as well as the coconut oil, but when I checked there were still tiny bits of mascara round the eye.  I think, because it soaks straight into the pad, rather than sitting on the top like the coconut oil, then more of the oil is needed. The extra rubbing made my eye tender at the time, but OK later on.  The skin was not as ‘baby soft’ as the previous week.

Handmade Haven, sunflower oil, natural makeup remover, cleansing pads, makeup remover padsI haven’t washed the pads yet, as I stupidly put the whites in without the pads, so I’m not sure how it will clean.  I shall keep you posted though.

This bottle was £1.10 for 1 litre from Tesco, although I would usually shop in Aldi so it would be cheaper still.

Next up is the olive oil.

Natural Makeup Remover Experiment – Week 2

Handmade Haven, michelle Good, natural makeup Remover Experiment

So it’s the end of week 1 – organic coconut oil week. I’ve not had makeup on everyday, and the above picture was taken on the day where I had the most makeup on, so still not a lot, but plenty for me 😉. I reckon I used less than a third of a teaspoon’s worth of the coconut oil on my pad to remove that days makeup. Not much at all!

Handmade Haven Hemp make up remover pad, organic

My eyes haven’t felt dry, but I’ve not used it everyday so that’s helped. The skin underneath them actually feels quite soft. I love the fact that the oil is solid, then there’s no excessive soaking of the oil into the pad first.  I’d always seem to use too much of the Boots one as it soaks through so much.  The pads washed perfectly fine, although I do wash as 60 degrees when I do all my whites.  I don’t mind the smell either…not sure I’ll be saying that every week 😉

The jar, from Aldi, was £2.29 for 300 ml.

In short, I’ve loved using the coconut oil.  Not sure I want to switch 😉 but next up is the sunflower oil.

Natural Makeup Remover Experiment – Week 1

handmade haven makeup remover, boots no 7

Holding my hands up now and admitting to using a high street bought makeup remover.  It seems a bit hypocritical using this as the reason I started making my soaps was to cut out the nasties.  I’d tried the Body Shop makeup remover, and to be perfectly honest, it was just a bit shit, so I went back to using the boots one.

My lovely friend over at Sylvan Stories has used olive oil for years, but I was a little sceptical.  Surely it couldn’t be that easy?  Why doesn’t everyone do it?  It would be so much cheaper too!

Today (yes, I couldn’t be arsed to take my bit of makeup off last night) I started with organic coconut oil.  I don’t wear a lot of makeup, mascara and eyeliner this time, so there wasn’t a lot to come off…but come off it did!  Amazing!  The coconut oil is obviously solid, but as it has such a low melting point, as soon as it was on my eyelid it melted.  I’ll be trying this over the next week to see how we go, as coconut oil can be drying.

So, I’m setting myself an experiment for the next 4 weeks.

Week 1 will be organic coconut oil  (so this week 😉 )

Week 2 will be sunflower oil,

Week 3 will be olive oil, and

Week 4 will be sweet almond oil.

The first 3 are all ‘food’ oils which are available in any supermarket.  The sweet almond it a cosmetic oil.  I’ll be reporting back each week, with how they’ve worked, how my eyes felt and how well the makeup remover pads washed afterwards.

Eek, quite excited!