Charcoal and Rose Clay Spa Bar

I’ve been so absorbed with cold process recipes because of the Soap Crafting book I thought it would be nice to change things up and get back to melt & pour soap. In this episode of Soap Queen TV, I make an incredibly luxurious soap which I named the Spa Bar. For the base I used our Shea melt & pour soap and then I used Activated Charcoal and Rose Clay for their purifying and cleansing properties – plus they look gorgeous together. To scent the bars I used Sandalwood, Rose Absolute, and Red Brazilian Mandarin Essential Oils for a natural finish to this tiny spa in a bar of soap project.

To make this soap you will need:

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52 Responses to “Charcoal and Rose Clay Spa Bar”

  1. Gwendolyn Webster says:

    Just when I thought I’d had everything I need! I just love these tutorials and cannot wait to make them all. Thank you so much, Anne Marie!

  2. Leanna H. says:

    Awesome! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for another tutorial! And the fact that it was melt and pour was the foaming bath whip on top of the soap cake for me! :)

    I definitely will blog about it sometime this week on my wordpress blog! I’m so excited!

  3. Jane says:

    Hithere! This looks great. Could you please print instructions for those of us who don’t want to use our monthly usage allowance on viewing videos? I’d appreciate it! :) Jane

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Jane! At the moment we are unable to provide printed copies of our instructions but we are in the process of writing transcripts for our videos! So keep your eyes out for those :) Happy Soaping!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  4. Kim says:

    So pretty! If I don’t need so many bars could I cut the recipe in half?

  5. Laney says:

    I am a fan, I have some suggestions like Oreo soap, Cinnamon Rolls, or maybe eggnog soap? If you like these ideas I’m sure maybe you can find a recipe for one of them. Thanks! Bye

  6. Laney says:

    I love this soap, the way it feels it is amazing!

  7. Tina Deniz says:

    Dear Anne Marie,
    This is so nice, the perfect home spa treat, just one question is there any alternative ingredient to the black activated charcoal, some other nice color combination ingredient apart from the black

  8. Sara M. says:

    This looks great! I am wondering, if this were to be used as a facial soap, would you still recommend using essential oils?

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  10. Julie K. says:

    Hello Brambleberry! I’m fairly new to soaping – and am just having a blast trying new recipes…So,thanks for all the ideas! I just purchased the ‘kit’ for the Spa Bar and am confused about the Rose and Sandlewood oil measurements.

    When my cart was populated with the items for the soap, these oils (as part of the ‘kit,’ both came in 5/8 dram or 0.08 oz size, which is = to 2.4 ml, not 6ml as the recipe calls for. Am I missing something?

    Thanks again so very much –

    Julie Konkle

  11. Alyssa Pflaumer says:

    Hello, I just made this Charcoal and Rose Clay Soap last night. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice that instead of receiving the Rose Absolute Fragrance, I rec’d the Fragrance that goes with the deodorant recipe (Cucumber Melon)I believe. But, all in all I am happy with the results. I love the silicon molds and my new mini mixer.

    I have only been soaping for under a year, but am totally hooked on this hobby.

    Thanks for the tutorial. So helpful.


    • Anne-Marie says:

      Hi Alyssa – The Cucumber Melon is your free sample. The Rose Essential Oil would have been included in a little soap box. If you go through all your packaging and still don’t find it, please contact customer service and they’ll get you sorted out. 1-87-SOAP-STUF I’m so glad that you’re loving the silicone molds and the mini mixer. They are so fabulous to work with – both of them. =) Thank you for your business.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Alyssa!
      I’m so happy to hear you gave this soap a try! It’s one of my favorites! I’m sorry to hear you didn’t receive your Rose Absolute Fragrance, did you order it? Despite not having it, I’m glad the Cucumber Melon worked out well for you :) It’s such a nice fresh scent.

      We would love to see your soaps on our Facebook page if you get a chance to take pictures! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  12. Tatiana says:

    Dear Anne-Marie, this is a wonderful tutorial and beautiful soap! I just had a few questions about it. The tool that you use to disperse the activated charcoal in rubbing alcohol – what is it called? Can I substitute it with a mini-blender? Will it do the same? Also, the rose clay you use – the colour is so bright and pink, the one they sell at my local pharmacy and soapmaking supplies store (I’m in Moscow, Russia) is so dull, it’s almost grey. I’m wondering if it’s a different clay? It’s called rose clay though too. Thank you! Oh, what countries does Brambleberry ship to?

  13. Alyssa says:

    Thanks for the responses. Now, I see that I did receive all that I ordered. I must have been in a hurry the evening I made this soap. It is extra scented. I will post a pic on your facebook page. It isn’t as perfect as Anne-Marie’ picture, but I learned a bit in the process.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Alyssa!

      Oh I totally understand, so glad you were able to give this soap a try! Practice definitely makes perfect when it comes to soap, I’m looking forward to seeing your picture! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  14. Charlie says:

    OMG I love this soap. Its my home color palette also. Very glamorous. Can I use recipe.

  15. Kerri says:

    These are beautiful! Can witch hazel be used instead of alcohol to mix with the charcoal or rose clay? If not, about how long does it take for the alcohol to all evaporate and for the smell of it to all go away?

    Thank you!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Kerri!

      The smell of the alcohol goes away pretty quickly, by the time you mix it into the soap itself you won’t be able to smell it. We haven’t tried using witch hazel before, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. That being said, it’s a good idea to have isopropyl alcohol on hand when making melt and pour to spray between layers and on top to get rid of bubbles :). If you give it a try, let us know how it turns out!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  16. Laney says:

    Can you start doing more m&p, I love cold process. However I love m&p too!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Laney!

      We certainly can! We actually have a really cute Valentine’s Day M&P tutorial in the works! Keep your eyes out for that :) Thanks for your input.

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  17. Jennifer says:

    Hi! I love this soap, it’s one of my new favorites. It has such a rich and creamy lather and such a beautiful color combination. I noticed that my suds are black from the charcoal. It doesn’t stain, rinses right off so I still use it but wondering if by accidentally using too much charcoal that is the reason. I cut the recipe in half to make only 6 bars but I think I accidentally kept the charcoal amount the same instead of cutting that in half. I know that by using too much with oxides it can come out in the suds like that as well, is that the same for charcoal? Thanks for the recipe! Other than my first time user error I love love love this soap :)

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Jennifer!

      Your guess is probably correct, using too much colorant will result in a colored lather and the same is true for charcoal. It sounds like that is what happened. I’m so glad you gave this recipe a try, it’s one of my favorites! If you ever get pictures of your soap, we would love to see them on our Facebook page :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  18. Keyne Dadulla says:

    Hi SoapQueen Tv. I’m newbie to a soap world, and i really feel in love to soap with this recipe, I would like to make an all organic type of soap, can i consider this recipe as an organic soap? I’d really love to know. Thank You!

  19. Charlie says:

    Hi Amanda
    Thank you for all of the information you have on-line. I am just getting into the handmade soap business and very excited. I have spent a month researching and feel I can have fun and sell some at the same time. I am focusing on pet and spa soaps and would love to use this idea in CP soap. How or can you change a recipe from M & P to a CP? And can you recommend a good book on how to blend essential oils and what benefits if any they would have.
    Thank you.

  20. Toni says:

    This bar is so pretty! I never thought these colors would go as well as they did! I made a single bar, guesstimating the charcoal and clay. But it’s just for me so no big deal. I might try this in a cp recipe.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Toni!

      Isn’t this bar beautiful? It’s one of my favorites…I was definitely surprised about how much I loved the color combination as well! If you get a photo of your bar, I would love to see it on our Facebook page! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  21. Ceme says:

    I love watching this video. I tried this and did something wrong. My activated charcoal came out with tiny white specks throughout, what did I do wrong?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Ceme!

      Oh no! I’m actually now quite sure. Can you tell me a little bit more about your project in terms of your recipe and methods? :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  22. Louvieve says:

    I loved the idea of the charcoal and clay combo but I decided to turn it up a notch when I made my version of this soap.

    I used Morocan clay because I didn’t have red Brazilian clay and I also used sea green clay and colloidal oatmeal, along with the charcoal. Then I added 7 skin loving EOs to the mix and I think I just came up with the ultimate facial soap for dry and mature skin. :)

    But I didn’t stop there, instead of pouring in two layers, I did a swirl with four distinct colors. I would post a picture but not sure how to do that. Any whoo, thanks for the inspiration.

  23. Samantha says:

    Hello, just a lil confused. I read through all the comments here and didn’t see my particular question. So, I feel a lil dumb :-( but do you let the charcoal layer completely dry and harden before adding the other layer?? Or only a lil bit while its still warm?? :-/

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Samantha!

      Definitely not a stupid question :). You can certainly wait until the bottom layer has completely cooled, or you can wait until it has partially cooled. You just want to be sure the bottom layer is hard and strong enough to support the top! I usually like to wiggle my mold a bit, and if the melt and pour ripples or jiggles at all, I know that it is still too liquid to pour my top layer :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  24. Hope says:

    Hello! I just came across this tutorial, as I recently got into soap making and want to try these out. I didn’t see it in any of the other comments but was wondering if I could use the goat milk melt and pour instead of the shea butter? :)

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Hope!

      You definitely could use the Goat Milk Melt and Pour Base instead! In all melt and pour recipes, you can switch out bases if you’d like, just keep in mind that white bases (like goat milk or shea) will look different than with clear soap.

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  25. Gina G. says:

    I made a cold process recipe with patchouli and rose. One half was rose clay and the other was Indigo Powder. My charcoal recipes come out way blacker then the picture looks here, and I know it was used for it’s benefits. Thanks!

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