Quickie Wellness: The Head-to-Toe Benefits of Charcoal

Removing the mystery behind beauty’s favorite form of black magic…

Activated charcoal is officially having a moment— from beauty products to pizza crusts, it seems to be on every new need-to-know recipe list this season—but what do you actually need to know about the mysterious black powder?

Its general appeal is fairly simple: activated charcoal particles can soak up thousands of times their own weight in chemicals and poisons. This mean that toxins are pulled away from your body, making it an environmentally friendly remedy for tackling environmental aggressors and harmful bacteria day-to-day.

While ingesting too much of the dark dust can disrupt your ability to absorb important vitamins and minerals, harnessing its benefits as a natural Brita-filter is the easiest way to upgrade your morning beauty routine. Whether it’s brightening your teeth or refreshing your bod, we’ve broken down a few of the perks of an activated lifestyle:

Whiten Up

Thanks to its inherent ability to balance the Ph of your mouth, activated charcoal-infused toothbrush bristles have the ability to freshen your breath without the need for harmful chemicals. Match that with the capacity to absorb surface stains from teeth, and you’re left with a whiter smile and none of the dicey ingredients found in the majority of drugstore dental options. The Goodwell Company’s Bamboo + Binchotan toothbrush uses sustainably sourced bamboo for its adorably colorblocked handle, so the first step of your day has an even smaller carbon footprint.

Shower Up

Great for sweeping bacteria and pollutants from skin’s surface for a clearer complexion, the exfoliating power of ultra-fine activated charcoal powder is infused into the fibers of Morihata’s gentle Binchotan Charcoal Body Scrub Towel. Pair it with Moon Rivers Naturals Activated Charcoal & Himalayan Sea Salt Bar Soap’s nourishing blend of vegan oils and magnesium to help speed the healing of any minor cuts and insect bites you might accrue during rugged summer outings (pool parties included).


Freshen Up

The beauty of incorporating charcoal into deodorants lies in its ability not only to draw out toxins trapped in vital areas of your body (like the lymph nodes found directly under your arms), but also to trap odors rather than just mask them. Kaia’s Takesumi Detox Bamboo Charcoal Deodorant stick does both, and encourages you to power through the first weeks of adjustment, which could mean sweating a bit more in the short-term as your body purges harmful chemicals and bacteria in the long-term. Schmidt’s Charcoal + Magnesium formula combines the added bonus of magnesium, which studies show can assist your day-to-day functions. From improving sleep cycles to increasing energy, it’s a recipe for the ultimate refresh.

Drink Up

As you rush out the door with your favorite BPA-free canteen in tow, consider dropping one of Marihata’s Kishu Binchotan Charcoal Sticks into your water for a dose of natural, hyper-portable filtration. Binchotan releases ions that balance H2O’s Ph as well as calcium, magnesium and iron, creating DIY mineral water with zero hassle. And if you’re seeking a bit of luxury during your end-of-day routine, toss a couple of sticks into your bath for an immaculate, restorative soak.

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I was actually just looking at charcoal water the other day, and voila, a post about the benefits of charcoal! It’s really a wonderful component to add to your life!

Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

5 years ago

Wow I didn’t know all of these things about activated charcoal! So interesting & I will definitely be pursuing it! Thanks for sharing fp!


5 years ago

How does charcoal know what is a toxin and what is a mineral or vitamin or good bacteria in the body? It is just a piece of burnt wood that absorbs stuff. So maybe it’s fine if you have an upset stomach, but I would recommend not ingesting this stuff very often.

5 years ago

I never knew that charcoal was used in all these things! The only thing I thought it was good for was your skin. Who knew it could be used to whiten your smile?

Kayla | onyx + quartz

5 years ago

It looks so amazing in your post. I like it.’

4 years ago

Charcoal deodorant is an all-natural way to stay smelling fresh and dry! The activated charcoal neutralizes odor and absorbs moisture, and creates an environment where bacteria cannot thrive, leaving your sweat odorless. Because they don’t rely on irritating baking soda as the only odor-neutralizing ingredient, these deodorants are ideal for individuals with sensitive skin or a baking soda sensitivity.

3 years ago

Wow, I didn’t know that activated charcoal is being used in beauty products today. I think I’ll try to use charcoal for my teeth so that I can whiten it up. Since it has the added benefit of pulling away toxins in my body, I’m sure that it will give me healthier gums.