What's Up
With Charcoal? It's Everywhere

What's Up
With Charcoal? It's Everywhere

What's Up
With Charcoal? It's Everywhere

Until recently, when you thought of charcoal you probably thought of your backyard grill. But these days, charcoal (of the activated variety) has become the grooming and wellness ingredient of the moment. From face masks and soaps to toothbrushes and air purifiers, it's popping up everywhere. Why? Well, because it's so damn effective. Activated charcoal, which is carbon that's highly absorbent, isn't new. It's been used in hospital emergency rooms for years to treat alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses. It works by attaching to toxins and absorbing them before they're absorbed by your body. And in these products, the charcoal works like a magnet—attracting all the dirt, oil and other impurities you don't want on your skin or in your body.

Morihata Water Purifying Sticks

Air purifying cube,
$68 by Morihata

Herbivore Botanicals Clarifying Charcoap Soap With Tea Tree

Clarifying charcoal soap with tea tree, $8 by Herbivore Botanicals

Blaq Peel-Off Blackhead Mask

Peel-off blackhead mask, $19 by Blaq

Babe Charcoal Hand Wash

Charcoal hand wash,
$38 by Babe

Morihata Air Purifying Cube

Water purifying sticks, $15 by Morihata

Schoolhouse Electric Charcoal Toothbrush

Charcoal toothbrush, $8 by Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co.

Brickell Purifying Charcoal Face Wash

Purifying charcoal face wash,
$25 by Brickell

Daily Concepts Bamboo Charcoal Konjac Sponge

Bamboo charcoal konjac sponge,
$18 by Daily Concepts

Dirty Lemon Detox Beverage

Detox beverage,
$10 by Dirty Lemon


Activated charcoal is made from substances like bamboo or coconut shell that are treated at a high heat, making it extremely porous at the cellular level.