Charcoal is gaining attention for being the latest and greatest in detoxifying beauty products, popping up everywhere these days from face washes to toothbrushes. When an ingredient fad endures the scrutiny of the organic beauty community and then becomes accepted and praised, you know it’s the real deal.
What Exactly Is Charcoal And How Does It Work?
Activated charcoal, or activated carbon, is actually carbon that has been infused with oxygen in order to make it more porous. Because of its porosity, it is able to absorb toxins extremely well. Activated charcoal is what’s used in water purification, absorbing chlorine and other nasties that do not belong in your water. If charcoal has been purifying our water for ages, it’s only time that we harness it to purify our skin, too!
Since activated charcoal is a completely alkaline substance, it has a negative ionic charge which in turn attracts toxins with a positive ionic charge. Essentially, activated charcoal acts as a magnet to draw out toxins from deep within the skin (or teeth!). It also kills bacteria, making it great for clearing acne and eliminating bad breath. Bonus? It removes plaque caused by acidic substances super well too, whitening your teeth as it works its [carbon] black magic. Below you find our charcoal product tips sure to help you detox, detox, detox!
Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar Soap, $12 USD
According to Herbivore Botanicals, this soap is not just detoxifying but also gently exfoliating. For a super deep clean, this bar soap is all you need!
Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Toothbrush, $8 USD
Toothbrushes that don’t work as hard as your toothpaste are now a thing of the past. This Morihata toothbrush whitens teeth, deodorizes, and prevents bacteria breeding during its downtime all due to the charcoal.
Little Barn Apothecary Charcoal + Aloe Face Cleanser, $22 USD
Pore-tightening and inflammation-reducing, this foaming face cleanser is ideal for preventing acne breakouts. Thank the charcoal for drawing out skin pollutants, and the essential oils for eliminating bacteria even further. Aloe keeps all the detoxing in check by keeping your skin hydrated and supple.
One Love Organics Cleansing Sponge – Charcoal Heart Shape, $10 USD
Heart-shaped to get into crevices like around the nose, this sponge works wonders to remove dirt and grime on oily or acne-prone faces. It grows in water and becomes super soft so it won’t irritate skin either.
Cocovit Coconut Charcoal Face Mask, $38 USD
Charcoal doesn’t just detoxify skin, it also balances dry patches of skin as well. Cocovit’s mask is loaded with additional antioxidants and balancing ingredients too, making this product your new go-to for detoxing even the driest skin.
Rebel’s Refinery Black Skull Soap – 3 pack, $16 USD
Of course, I can’t end without mentioning how badass the black products look thanks to activated charcoal. This skull soap is the ideal gift for that person in your life that loves organic ingredients with an edge.
What do you think of activated charcoal in beauty products? Let us know in the comments below!
Callie is a recent post-grad living in Atlanta with a passion for all things organic, sustainable, eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and ethical. After making the switch to vegan in January 2014, she decided to be a more conscious consumer all around. A long-time makeup enthusiast, Callie created her blog Beyond Beauty (BeyondBeautyBlg.com) to share what she has learned in her search for healthy and ethical products.