Key Ingredient: Charcoal

Valued for centuries in Asian cultures for its ability to remove impurities and toxins from the body, charcoal is currently having a substantial impact on the beauty industry.

The practical benefits of charcoal have long been recognized by Western culture in the more familiar forms of ingestible supplements or handcrafted soaps, but charcoal is now transitioning into an in-demand active ingredient; successfully crossing over into all areas of skincare and personal care

In this rundown we share some of the most relevant products to employ charcoal as a highly effective primary ingredient. From water bottles to skincare, as well as one or two unexpected surprises, charcoal based products appear to have become a mainstay in beauty.

Beauty Blender – Blendercleanser Solid Soap

The award-winning, professionally endorsed Beauty Blender now offers a charcoal-activated cleansing soap. This incredible cleanser thoroughly removes makeup and impurities  from the Beauty Blender sponge and is also ideal for cleaning makeup brushes. Truly a must for ensuring a clean makeup application!

Black and Blum – Eau Good Glass

Perhaps the simplest and most effective use of charcoal is in drinking water. The Black + Blum Eau Good Glass is the perfect and most convenient solution for obtaining the purifying benefits of charcoal on a daily basis. Simply drop the charcoal into the tactile glass bottle, fill with water, and leave overnight. You’ll be amazed at how fresh the water will taste!



In our research, fewer brands overall utilize charcoal as a key ingredient as diversely as Boscia. With an emphasis on sensitive skin and with roots in Japanese botanical philosophies, Boscia offers an impressive array of purifying charcoal-based products. Including cleansers, masks and much more – each product has been formulated without preservatives and with the highest standards of Boscia’s ‘Clean-Room’ state of the art manufacturing, which ensures bacteria-free formulations. We love the Black Charcoal Blotting Linens, Charcoal Makeup Melter, and White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Spray!

Briut Essentials Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste

Charcoal toothpaste is likely to be the most prominent of all the product categories mentioned via numerous videos on social media, shedding much-needed light on the toxic ingredients that are used in traditional toothpaste formulas. We discovered online eco-brand Briut, who are gaining notoriety in this category, with their 100% organic Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste and biodegradable bamboo toothbrush. The formula has been endorsed by dentists and remineralizes teeth. The results are visibly noticeable. Overall, we are extremely impressed with the eco-friendly brand philosophy.

Brooklyn Botany – Activated Charcoal Scrub

Brooklyn Botany’s Activated Charcoal Body and Face Scrub contains a very small list of 100% natural, botanical, and recognizable ingredients. Pure, simple, and so effective, this is the ideal time of year for a great dual- purpose scrub to detoxify your skin from head to toe, and this is our selection for the best charcoal scrub!

Sephora Deluxe Charcoal Antibacterial Brushes 

Makeup brushes are one of the most common places for bacteria to accumulate. And while it’s a great practice to cleanse makeup brushes after each use – yes, after each use, it’s fair to assume that most do not! Infused with antimicrobial charcoal powder, Sephora’s six-piece Deluxe Charcoal Antibacterial Brushes address every makeup application need and will stay cleaner for a longer period of time.

Schmidt’s Charcoal and Magnesium Deodorant

Schmidt’s Naturals are rapidly becoming recognized for their highly effective, 100% natural formulations. The Charcoal + Magnesium Deodorant is no exception to the brand’s standard of excellence. And each vegan and cruelty-free formula thoroughly absorbs wetness and odor, receiving our highest ratings.

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