Activated Charcoal Facial Mask Recipe
Today I am going to demonstrate my activated charcoal facial mask recipe. This formula is comprised of 8 quality SMR ingredients including jojoba oil (golden), activated charcoal (powder), bentonite clay, yellow beeswax (pastilles), lavender (premium) essential oil, patchouli essential oil (premium), bergamot mint essential oil and rosemary oleoresin antioxidant. This mask is perfect to package and sell as part of your natural beauty care line or, of course, to use personally within your own skincare and beauty routine!
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Get the activated charcoal facial mask recipe kit today and receive all the ingredients you need to create our activated charcoal facial mask as shown within the tutorial below. Each kit will include 12 ounces of jojoba oil (golden), 1/2 pound of activated charcoal (powder), 2 ounces of bentonite clay, 1 ounce of yellow beeswax (pastilles), 1/2 ounce of lavender (premium) essential oil, 3 small vials (about 1/20 ounce each) of patchouli essential oil (premium), 2 small vials (about 1/20 ounce each) of bergamot mint essential oil and 1/20 ounce of rosemary oleoresin antioxidant.
You will receive more than enough of each ingredient within this kit to complete the activated charcoal facial mask recipe as demonstrated within the tutorial below. Finally, each kit will come with full written instructions explaining step by step how to complete our activated charcoal facial mask recipe.
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Our activated charcoal facial mask recipe requires 8 quality SMR ingredients:
- Jojoba oil (golden) = 10.35 ounces (about 293 grams) - approximately 61.8% of total batch ingredients
- Activated charcoal (powder) = 4.70 ounces (about 133 grams) - approximately 28.1% of total batch ingredients
- Bentonite clay = 0.94 ounces (about 27 grams) - approximately 5.7% of total batch ingredients
- Yellow beeswax (pastilles) = 0.48 ounces (about 14 grams) - approximately 3% of total batch ingredients
- Lavender (premium) essential oil = 0.14 ounces (about 4 grams) - approximately 0.8% of total batch ingredients
- Patchouli essential oil (premium) = 0.07 ounces (about 2 grams) - approximately 0.4% of total batch ingredients
- Bergamot mint essential oil = 0.035 ounces (about 1 gram) - approximately 0.2% of total batch ingredients
- Rosemary oleoresin antioxidant = 2 - 3 drops (from a standard pipette) per pound
* The above formula will make a batch of finished product that weighs slightly more than 1 pound once the essential oils, yellow beeswax (used as a binder within our batch) and rosemary oleoresin antioxidant have been incorporated. Keep in mind that you can easily make a larger batch by multiplying out each ingredient portion within this formula equally.
* You can replace our essential oil blend with any "face safe" essential oil or essential oil blend that you like! We decided to keep it simple with this lovely 3 oil blend. The ingredients included within this unique blend of essential oils have many advantageous skincare properties and is the perfect addition to our luxurious epidermal mask. This blend also produces a wonderful aroma!
Below are the step by step instructions for completing our activated charcoal facial mask recipe:
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Step 1) First, carefully measure out your 4.70 ounces (approximately 133 grams) of SMR's activated charcoal powder into a non-reactive container.
Activated charcoal powder is very light in weight. When you pour this ingredient into your mixing container, residual dust may be produced if you do not pour very "gently". The key is to go slow and steady when working with activated charcoal powder. Also, be sure to protect your work area with disposable coverings like butcher paper or Kraft paper so that if there is a spill, or excess charcoal dust production (which will eventually settle onto your surfaces!) your work area will be protected.
Step 2) Next, measure out and thoroughly mix in the 0.94 ounces (approximately 27 grams) of SMR's bentonite clay that is required for this activated charcoal facial mask recipe.
Bentonite clay is an important component within this formula for achieving the desired consistency within our finished activated charcoal facial mask recipe. Bentonite clay is also fantastic for your skin, especially oily complexions, and is said to help unclog pores, absorb toxins and draw out epidermal impurities.
Step 3) Now, measure out .48 ounces (approximately 14 grams) of SMR's yellow beeswax (pastilles) into a small saucepan.
Don't allow this ingredient mixture of yellow beeswax and golden jojoba oil to become too hot. You should use a heat setting on your burner that is just warm enough to gradually melt the yellow beeswax. Yellow beeswax has a typical melting point of 144 degrees Fahrenheit to 147 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once melted, be sure to give these warm ingredients a quick stir to ensure that they are thoroughly mixed together.
We melted down the yellow beeswax into the golden jojoba oil for a few specific reasons. First of all, it is vital that the small portion of yellow beeswax (the binder) is integrated within the larger portion of golden jojoba oil so that the yellow beeswax integrates thoroughly throughout all the facial mask ingredients essentially binding them together. Secondly, when testing this formula, we found it to be difficult (if not impossible) to successfully combine the yellow beeswax with the golden jojoba oil when we melted the wax separately and then poured it into the room temperature golden jojoba oil. As would be expected, some of the yellow beeswax instantly hardened before it had a chance to integrate with the golden jojoba oil. Combining the yellow beeswax and golden jojoba oil and then heating these two ingredients together completely mitigated this issue and is probably the simplest way to combine these two ingredients.
Keep in mind that you can omit the yellow beeswax portion from this formula if you desire, but your finished product will need to be stirred before use. Yellow beeswax is optional within this formula, but I highly recommend that you include it. If you decide to omit this natural binder from your batch, expect your product to separate!
It may take several minutes of mixing before the warm liquid ingredients and powdered ingredients begin to integrate. Be sure to mix extremely gently at first to keep the activated charcoal powder from clouding, or altogether flying out of your mixing bowl!
The integration of SMR's jojoba oil (golden) into our activated charcoal facial mask recipe is absolutely vital to create a user-friendly and clean finished product with a desirable consistency and texture. Without the inclusion of a carrier oil within this formula, the finished product would be light and powdery producing an abundance of charcoal "dust" as the consumer prepares the mask for use. A bona fide mess!
We are incorporating enough golden jojoba oil and yellow beeswax within this formula to successfully bind the finished product together and mitigate copious amounts of dust production. We also used the ideal portions to create a finished product that has a "spreadable" consistency. This will help make preparing and applying the activated charcoal facial mask a fantastic experience for your customer as it will be user-friendly and virtually mess free! As an added bonus, SMR's golden jojoba oil is a highly popular nutrient rich ingredient that is a great addition to our epidermal mask formulation to add additional nourishing skincare benefits.
Below is a picture of our batch after the golden jojoba oil and yellow beeswax mixture has been fully integrated. Make sure you mix thoroughly until all your ingredients are completely bound together.
Step 7) Now that your product is bound together by the addition of the golden jojoba oil and yellow beeswax mixture, it is time to incorporate your essential oil blend. Simply measure out 0.14 ounces (approximately 4 grams) of SMR's lavender (premium) essential oil, 0.07 ounces (approximately 2 grams) of SMR's patchouli essential oil (premium) and 0.035 ounces (approximately 1 gram) of SMR's bergamot mint essential oil and thoroughly mix this blend into your batch.
As you will see, it is now much easier to mix ingredients into your facial mask batch since all the powdery components are bound together and the activated charcoal powder is no longer able to produce dust.
Step 8) Next, add 2 - 3 drops of SMR's rosemary oleoresin antioxidant to your batch.
SMR's rosemary oleoresin antioxidant will help extend the shelf life of your finished product by preventing it from oxidizing. It also adds the skincare benefits of a highly potent antioxidant to your finished product.
As you can see from our usage rate, a little rosemary oleoresin goes a very long way. In fact, for this 1 pound batch, you need such a miniscule amount that, unless you have a specialized scale that can weigh in very small increments, you really can't weigh it out accurately. For this reason, we are calculating our rosemary oleoresin antioxidant portion using drops instead of grams. 2 - 3 drops of SMR's rosemary oleoresin antioxidant per pound of facial mask will do it!
Step 9) Finally, give your batch one final good mixing, ensuring that all components have been thoroughly integrated.
Your finished product should have the consistency of a very thick pudding or soft icing. You can see our product's final consistency in the picture below. What a beautiful "black as night" color our formula produced!
Congratulations! You have officially completed SMR's activated charcoal facial mask recipe. Now all you need to do is package it!
As I said before, a product like this one is typically packaged in 2 ounce to 8 ounce non-reactive open mouth jars or cosmetic tins. To manually fill your container with your finished facial mask, simply use a finger (be sure to wear the appropriate protective gloves!) to coat the inside of your packaging of choice with the activated charcoal facial mask recipe. Keep repeating this process, working your way from the outside of the container towards the center.
Once your packaging is filled to capacity, give the container a light tap on a hard work surface to allow your product to settle within your vessel. Add additional product if needed!
This "outside in" method for filling your jars with this relatively thick product will effectively prevent air pockets from forming within your packaging. It's a much better method than just "glopping" your activated charcoal facial mask into a container!
Below is a picture of our finished product, packaged in our chosen 2 ounce glass packaging. Isn't it beautiful!
If you make the facial mask exactly as described within this activated charcoal facial mask recipe, there are many benefits that you can promote when selling the finished product. Be sure to let your customers know that, unlike some facial masks out there on the market today, they are getting an all-natural product that is 100% preservative free. Also let them know that your facial mask formula is oil-based, not water-based and be sure to mark clearly on your label that golden jojoba oil is the oil that you are using. Many consumers LOVE this premium nutrient rich ingredient! Finally, be sure to promote this product's convenience and ease-of-use. No mixing with water to create your own paste and no dealing with dusty residue. Our activated charcoal facial mask recipe produces a product that is 100% ready to use right out of the jar.
I hope you enjoyed this activated charcoal facial mask recipe. Thanks for taking a look at it! We certainly enjoyed making it for you; and I can say that I personally enjoyed using the finished product that we produced. We think your customers will like it too!
By the way, using this product is SUPER SIMPLE. Just coat your entire face (avoiding the eyes and around the eye area) with a thin layer of your activated charcoal facial mask. Make sure your face has been thoroughly cleaned and dried before applying the mask. You can use your fingers (thoroughly washed) to put on the mask or an old foundation brush that you no longer want to use. Some people even use a small paint brush to simply paint the mask onto their face.
Once applied, leave the activated charcoal facial mask on your skin for 15 - 20 minutes. Then wash it off using warm water. You can use a soft wash cloth to help thoroughly remove the mask and if needed some mild facial soap. This activated charcoal facial mask will not stain your face, but it can take a few minutes to thoroughly remove. Once washed off, you will reveal a new beautiful complexion. Over several weeks of use, this mask may really do wonders in improving your skin, zapping zits and removing stubborn blackheads!
Keep in mind that this activated charcoal facial mask may stain your towel or washcloth and can potentially stain your sink; depending on what your sink is made out of. Just be sure to thoroughly wash everything that has come into contact with your facial mask right away. I personally haven't had any issues with staining, but I wanted to give you this quick advisory just in case. It's better to be safe than sorry! This activated charcoal facial mask, of course, should not stain your face.
Also, as with all leave on products, please be sure to test the facial mask on a small area of skin before applying the mask to your entire face. You should encourage your customers to do the same thing. This will help determine if there are any ingredients within the formula that you are sensitive or allergic to. Remember, people can be allergic to just about anything, so it is always a good idea to test the product out in small amounts before applying it to a large area of skin.
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