DIY Tumeric Charcoal Black Soap

Soap-making is possibly the most exciting after infusions in skincare formulation. Over the last couple of months, I’ve had so much fun experimenting with different ingredients. The one thing I’ve always  wanted to add to my raw black soap is TURMERIC and I’m so glad I’ve been able to despite the stains.

So far, I’ve made two kinds of soap – Plain Turmeric black soap and Turmeric Charcoal Black Soap. Of course, the major difference between the two is the addition of activated charcoal. Guys, it turned out amazing. Again, Turmeric and Activated Charcoal are two powders that STAIN LIKE HELL!!! so I was a bit skeptical but eventually decided to try them in small portions. Lo and behold, they turned out stainless. It’s like the addition of raw black soap absorbed the potency of the powders and the results? Nicely mixed soap. I was thrilled! You have no idea how much I’ve been looking for a way around them. In fact, the first thing I did was to use it as a face mask before rinsing out. Awesome, I tell ya!

Anyways, as usual, I’m going be sharing my ingredients and simple method of achieving this soap.


  1. 3 tsp of Raw Black Soap which can be gotten from Natural Nigerian
  2. 1/4 tsp of Turmeric
  3. 1/4 tsp of Activated Charcoal
  4. 2 tsp of Honey
  5. 1 tsp of Lemon Juice

Basic Method

  1. Mix all ingredients together with plastic utensils. Lemon juice serves as the base. It should be the last thing to be added.
  2. Pour mixture in a mason jar or plastic jar with a lid
  3. Cover and leave for about 1-2 weeks to cure.
  4. Use as desired.

There are a few things I’ve learnt during the course of this soap-making process.

  • – The more lemon juice is added, the more liquid the soap will be. Overtime, I’ve come to prefer a semi-solid/creamy consistency so I use as little lemon juice as possible. Just enough to go round the entire ingredients.
  • – As for the powders which stains like I mentioned earlier, you need to add as little as possible. Say 1/4 of your raw black soap. Don’t worry, it will go round.
  • – Usually, the longer it is left to cure, the better it turns out. But if you’re itching to use it like me, two weeks should be the minimum.
  • – This particular raw black soap is mixed with shea butter so I don’t bother adding any oils and it doesn’t dry out my skin but you can if you like.

Happy soap-making!

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  1. If it is not you, who else! From our first meeting at the savvychicsample party you have inspired me. I will soon be making my first DIY black soap and I will keep you posted once its done. I should give you three “gbosas”. Lol.

  2. This so nice.I’m gonna try it.please I want start a skincare biz but do not know where to start from.I don’t mind if I can get tips on it from you.thank you.

    1. Hi Winnie, we apologize for not responding earlier. We have a brand of activated charcoal in our store: “Glitterati Activated charcoal”. It is similar to common charcoa, but is made especially for use as a medicine. To make activated charcoal, manufacturers heat common charcoal in the presence of a gas that causes the charcoal to develop lots of internal spaces or “pores.” These pores help activated charcoal “trap” chemicals.

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