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This DIY charcoal and clay mask is the perfect homemade face mask for a mom looking to pamper herself at home on a budget. It’s made with simple ingredients including activated charcoal, bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil. This recipe detoxifies and purifies skin making it perfect for acne and blackhead removal.

A charcoal face mask is one of my favorite budget beauty DIY products. This simple homemade charcoal face mask is made from activated charcoal, bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar, and tea tree essential oil. Green beauty is possible on a budget. Save money and make a mask at home. #diybeauty #frugalliving

I don’t know about anyone else, but when I’ve had a hard day with the kids or I’m just not feeling my best, I like to take some time to pamper myself a bit in the evenings after everyone finally falls asleep. My go-to is throwing on a face mask, grabbing a snack and bingeing out on some Netflix. 

I’m excited to share one of my favorite homemade face masks, and it uses 4 simple ingredients that you can use over and over again any time you want to make a face mask. 

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This face mask can be used on any skin type and is great for people who struggle with acne prone skin or blackheads.

Why You Should Make Your Own Face Mask

Outside of the fact that this DIY recipe is non-toxic and full of only natural ingredients, it’s also INSANELY cheap to make. You know that I love a good budget-friendly DIY! Take a look at the price breakdown for this recipe:

  • Bentonite Clay- I paid $4.59 for 10 ounces, but I only used 0.17 ounces = $0.08
  • Activated Charcoal- I paid $6.69 for 90 capsules, but I only use 1 capsule = $0.08
  • Apple Cider Vinegar- I paid $4.99 for 32 ounces, but I only used 0.01 ounces = $0.01
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional)- I only used 2 drops = $0.20

APPROX. TOTAL COST = $0.37 PER USE! You could use this mask 50 times and only spend $18.50.

This recipe is literally as simple as adding all of the ingredients to a bowl, mixing them up, and slathering it on your face. It is not complicated and will take you less than 2 minutes to throw together. 

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You can find everything on Amazon as well, they’ll just be a little bit more expensive. 

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DIY Charcoal Face Mask

About the Ingredients

  • Activated charcoals absorbs toxins and build-up on the skin and helps to naturally detoxify. It binds with environmental toxins and dirt to purify your skin.
  • Bentonite clay tightens and tones the skin and draws out deep impurities.
  • Apple cider vinegar helps unclog blocked pores and improve skin texture. It can also help to balance the pH of your skin.
  • Tea Tree essential oil clarifies the skin and keeps it clear and smooth.

About the Mask

This mask works really well and is safe for all skin types, but there are a few things I want you to know before you get started:

  1. Be careful not to leave it on for too long, because the charcoal can temporarily stain your skin black. If you leave it on for the recommended 5-10 minutes, you shouldn’t have this issue. If you do notice a black tint to your skin, you can use a makeup remover to wipe off the residue. You can also use these DIY Face Wash Pads.
  2. You want to stir this mixture with a wooden spoon. DO NOT use a metal spoon to stir as it changes the composition and effectiveness of the clay.
  3. Use a warm washcloth to remove the mask. You will probably notice that your face is red after removing the mask. This is NORMAL due to increased blood flow to your face and will go away in less than an hour.
  4. If you have very sensitive skin, leave this mask on for 5 minutes rather than 10. You can also only apply it on your nose, chin, or T-zone areas.
  5. This mask is meant to be used immediately. It can’t be mixed and saved for later use.
  6. Your skin will be super soft and smooth after you remove the mask. Enjoy!

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DIY Charcoal Face Mask

Yield: 1 Face Mask
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Active Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

This DIY charcoal and clay mask is the perfect homemade face mask for a mom looking to pamper herself at home on a budget. It's made with simple ingredients including activated charcoal, bentonite clay, apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil. This recipe detoxifies and purifies skin making it perfect for acne and blackhead removal.


  • 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
  • 1 capsule activated charcoal, removed from capsule
  • 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar
  • 2 drops Tea Tree essential oil


  • Small glass bowl
  • Wooden or Plastic Spoon


  1. In a small glass bowl, add the bentonite clay, activated charcoal, apple cider vinegar, and tea tree oil. Stir to combine. If the consistency is thicker than you'd like, add a few drops of water at a time until you reach desired consistency.
  2. Apply in an even layer to your face using your hands. Rinse the bowl and your hands.
  3. Leave the mask on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and a washcloth. If you have trouble getting rid of the black color on your skin, use these DIY Face Wash Pads or other makeup remover to remove the residue.
  4. Moisturize as you normally would.


Skin redness is normal due to increase blood flow and will go away in less than an hour.

My Favorite Resources

Thrive Market: I order most of my pantry and wellness staples from Thrive Market. Think Costco meets Whole Foods with thousands of healthy food and personal care items. Get 1 month free PLUS 25% off your first order when you go through my link.

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Sarah Nichols

Sarah Nichols, founder and content creator for Let's Talk Mom Business, has a background in business, marketing, research, and advocacy. combines her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and experience as a Marketing Expert for B2B tech companies to help moms start and scale an online business or shake up their career after a career gap.

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