We like to think of charcoal as a magnet that draws out toxins (oil, gunk and sweat), leaving skin smooth and cleansed. This powerhouse ingredient is known for its ability to deeply pull out impurities and cleanse without drying. Naturally, I made the extra effort to get my hands on all the best charcoal products out there to fact check this claim. Because my weekends have become a sea of nothingness, you can now catch me slathered in charcoal products from head to toe. Below, you will find 10 of the best beauty products out there than contain (or smell like) charcoal.
Charcoal Smoothie Jelly Body Scrub
Smooth body skin is only a scrub away. This smoothie for your skin detoxifies and smooths (with physical and chemical exfoliation) and hydrates the skin (without making it oily). Unlike most scrubs that use plant by-products or sugar for grit which can be abrasive, the biodegradable wax in Charcoal Smoothie allows for more thorough physical exfoliation and gradually melts as it is massaged into the skin. I like to use it on my arms and shins where skin is bumpy and has some pigmentation. And my favorite strong peppermint scent will definitely wake me up.
Megababe Happy Pits Detox
No better time like the present to get your stank on. While detoxing might lead to increased sweat production for a few days, Megababe makes it easy and manageable to switch over to aluminum-free deodorant. Just brush on a generous layer to clean, dry pits and leave on for around five minutes. (Use 2-3 times a week) It can often take weeks or longer to flush out the toxins, but it does not have to, you can read about my experience here. Charcoal and kaolin clay combine their powers to help draw out any impurities, and glycolic acid, tea tree oil and willow bark both exfoliate and clarify.
Kopari Beauty Coconut Charcoal Deodorant
Post-detox, you will need a good natural deodorant. One that smells good, preferably after weeks of going aú natural. Kopari uses activated charcoal to aid in the absorption of sweat and odor-causing bacteria and a blend of coconut and sage oil to soothe even the most sensitive pits. This is the good stuff… not the artificial coconut-scented products of your youth.
Keeko Superclean Charcoal Toothpaste
It is so hard to achieve a pearly white smile when you drink as much coffee as I do. I have shifted to sipping on hot coffee with a straw, which renders me a sociopath but gets the job done. Another way to remove surface stains is to use a toothpaste with activated charcoal. This powerful toothpaste uses vegan-friendly ingredients like coconut oil and diatomaceous earth to clean, whiten and polish — all without damaging the enamel or irritating the gums.
Boka Electric Charcoal Toothbrush
Do you ever feel like nothing happened after you brushed your teeth? That Oxi-Clean-but-for-your-mouth feeling? After doing some Google searching, I decided that the problem may lie with my toothbrush. The Boke Brush uses activated charcoal bristles to five you that gentle anti-bacterial massage you have been looking for. With 30,000 vibrations per minute, you will enjoy getting through the “Happy Birthday” song.
Boscia Black Charcoal Strips
One of life’s greatest pleasures is gently peeling off a pore strip. They were the first “skincare” item I was “allowed” to place my pre-teen hands on. Take that experience to the next level with these purifying activated black charcoal strips. Each strip absorbs excess oil and impurities, while removing pore clogging dirt to clarify the appearance of pores. Baby soft and smooth nose coming right up!
Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Body Scrub
There are luxury cars, bags and skincare. But what about luxury towels? You are in luck, as Morihata’s luxurious body scrub towel was made to gently exfoliate the body in style. Each towel is infused with ultra-fine activated binchotan charcoal to draw out impurities and leave your skin soft and glowing. While in the shower, use the coarse side to exfoliate and the softer side for sensitive areas on the skin.
G.Tox Detox 5 Salt Bath Soak
I have been struggling to fall asleep each night which probably has a lot to do with my increased cortisol and outrageous screen time levels. Which is why a nice, rosemary and peppermint scented soak in the tub has been such a godsend. To upgrade this ritual, I apply a hair serum and some bath salts. This G.Tox promises to “cleanse the body after regular exposure to the stresses of daily life,” which was the first selling point. The second is that it uses activated charcoal to draw out toxins and impurities naturally. Cleansing both the body and mind at once… and the bathtub, for it may stain!
Too Cool for School DinoPlatz Blotting Paper
Go outside, sweat profusely, blot and repeat. These 100% natural blotting sheets are infused with detoxifying charcoal to tighten the look of pores. To think, we are all just a few blots away from matte, soft skin.
Apotheke Charcoal Candle
While this product does not contain charcoal, it sure as hell transforms the space you are in with its strong charcoal scent. This moody candle makes a statement in your home and contains notes of cedarwood, sandalwood, smoky amber, and oud. Each candle is hand-poured and made of a high-quality soy blend wax. The perfect accompaniment to all your late-night brooding sessions.
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