Sometimes I feel like there's no way I can possibly be surprised by a new Activated Charcoal product, because I've really seen it all! But recently that theory has truly been put to the test, so I've put together this guide to the top 5 ways you didn't know you could use Charcoal.
Charcoal really is just one of those natural ingredients that can do almost anything. With so many uses, from an amazing teeth whitener to an effective air purifier, Activated Charcoal is an incredibly versatile natural health supplement which can be safely consumed as well as used on the skin. But what is Activated Charcoal? Sometimes it feels like I have covered almost every Charcoal topic, from the benefits of brushing your teeth with Charcoal to the top 10 uses of Charcoal powder for your body and your home. Even so, every now and then a new Charcoal product turns up and surprises me, and I end up finding out about brand new ways of using this powerful natural ingredient.
1. Filter you water
Morihata Binchotan Kishu Charcoal Water Purifier
Perhaps, the most eco-friendly filter in the world, the Morihata Authentic Kishu Binchotan Water Purifier naturally absorbs chemicals in your water to give it a purer, cleaner and fresher taste. Simple to use, just place it in a jug of water and cool in the fridge to let it work its magic.
Handmade with the purest charcoal available on Earth, from the cuttings of the Japanese Holm Oak Tree, and using an ancient technique to control the oxygen flow, the Binchotan has an ultra-porous structure that assists in removing heavy metals, chlorine and impurities. It contains 98% charcoal and should last for about three months, while each stick should be enough to filter two litres of water. It is recommended that you boil it every two to three weeks to release the absorbed chemicals and freshen it ready for re-use.
2. Detox and deodorise your armpits
Schmidt's Charcoal + Magnesium Mineral-Enriched Deodorant
Formulated to neutralise odour for all-day freshness, the Schmidt's Charcoal + Magnesium Mineral-Enriched Deodorant contains naturally absorbent Activated Charcoal in a base of nourishing Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil. With moisture-absorbing Arrowroot Powder and Baking Soda, this antibacterial formula helps to provide a reliable yet breathable layer of protection while soothing and conditioning skin, and also contains mineral rich Magnesium to help detoxify the underarms. Vegan and Gluten Free, it is non-greasy, non-sticky and can be used daily for effective protection.
Earths Purities Detox-A-Pit
Designed to detox your underarms, the Earths Purities Detox-A-Pit is a specially formulated mask which can be applied to directly to armpits to draw out impurities and restore balance. A seven day treatment, this potent paste contains purifying Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth, Bentonite Clay, Activated Charcoal and Apple Cider Vinegar, as well as soothing and nourishing Coconut Oil to help reduce the redness and rashes often experienced by those with sensitive underarms. Deodorising, antibacterial and pH balancing, this paste can be applied to the underarms, left on for ten minutes then washed off in the shower or bath. Use every day for seven days for best results. To find out more about how to use this treatment, read my blog post here.
Noosa Basics Deodorant Stick with Activated Charcoal
Antibacterial and pH balancing, the Noosa Basics Deodorant Stick with Activated Charcoal is designed to help keep armpits dry and fresh by absorbing moisture and minimising odour. With creamy Shea Butter and hydrating Coconut Oil, this easy to apply deodorant stick is gentle enough for all skin types, and contains absorbent Kaolin Clay, Arrowroot and Bicarb Soda to neutralise odour-causing bacteria. Vegan and non-staining, this balancing formula also has a light, fresh scent from Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lemon Myrtle and Coconut Extracts.
3. Activated Charcoal body wash for acne
Buddy Scrub Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash
Ideal for congested or acne prone skin, the Buddy Scrub Activated Charcoal & Peppermint Body Wash contains a nourishing combination of soothing Aloe Vera, antibacterial Activated Charcoal Powder and botanical extracts, including Rosemary, Lavender and Peppermint for a refreshing and purifying body wash. Invigorating and and detoxifying, this minty formula provides a deep cleanse, with the antibacterial properties of Charcoal helping to remove dirt, grime and build-up from the skin to leave it soft, smooth and clean. To use, apply a small amount of wash directly on hands or body sponge, then gently lather all over body and rinse. Please note that despite its dark appearance, this body wash will not stain showers.
Life Basics Konjac Body Sponge Activated Charcoal
A jumbo size ideal for all-over body use, the Life Basics Konjac Body Sponge Activated Charcoal helps to absorb oil and grime from the skin and is perfect for those with sensitive or problem skin and body breakouts. Made from Japanese Konjac Potato Fibre and infused with Activated Bamboo Charcoal, this cleansing and purifying sponge can be used with soap and body wash or alone to lightly exfoliate skin and leave it feeling soft and refreshed.
4. Remove blackheads with Activated Charcoal
Mineral Fusion Charcoal Gel Cleanser
With detoxifying Activated Charcoal to gently extract impurities, the Mineral Fusion Charcoal Gel Cleanser helps to reduce the appearance of blackheads and acne by deeply cleansing and purifying the complexion. Hypoallergenic and fragrance free, this daily facial cleanser is ideal for all skin types and is best used at night to thoroughly remove makeup and prepare the skin for your favourite overnight treatment. Gluten Free and Vegan, this pore-minimising cleanser can be gently massaged into damp skin and rinsed away with warm water.
Life Basics Konjac Sponge Bamboo Charcoal
Ideal for lightly exfoliating acne prone skin, the Life Basics Konjac Sponge Bamboo Charcoal is infused with Activated Bamboo Charcoal to remove hard-to-reach bacteria, working to revitalise and refresh the complexion. pH neutral, this gentle sponge can be used with or without a facial cleanser to remove grime, makeup and dead skin cells. Light and soft, this absorbent sponge can also help to minimise excess oil production and stimulate circulation and cell turnover. Vegan and biodegradable, it can be disposed of in the compost after it naturally begins to disintegrate.
5. Charcoal for teeth flossing
Noosa Basics Dental Floss with Activated Charcoal
Made from naturally antibacterial Bamboo Charcoal filament, the Noosa Basics Dental Floss with Activated Charcoal is coated with plant based wax and Coconut Oil to thoroughly clean teeth and gums and freshen breath. Infused with natural Myrrh, Clove, Manuka and Spearmint Extracts, this fresh tasting dental floss can be used daily to remove food and plaque as part of a thorough dental care routine. Vegan and Australian Made, it is packaged in a recyclable, plastic-free box and is biodegradable.
Read more about the benefits and uses of different types of Activated Charcoal in my blog post here.