Why is Everyone Using Charcoal?

It’s a powerhouse ingredient
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Charcoal is known for its ability to draw out unwanted impurities and toxins from water and air, and it can do wonders for your skin and teeth, too!

Unlike the briquettes you use in a barbecue, the charcoal used in skincare products is ground down until it’s super fine. It’s this fine texture that makes powdered charcoal so absorbent, perfect for mattifying skin and removing stains from teeth. Made from a blend of oak, ash, hazel and chestnut wood, our cleansing charcoal is an important component in some of our cleansers, toothy tabs and deodorants.

Charcoal is ground down into a super-fine powder

Super-fine charcoal powder

Where does charcoal come from?

The charcoal we use comes from The Dorset Charcoal Company in the UK. Whereas other suppliers’ charcoal could be derived from clearcut hardwood forests, The Dorset Charcoal Company is part of a sustainable woodland management system.

To ensure the biggest trees grow tall and straight, Dorset thins the forest and then transforms the felled trees into charcoal through an expert process of burning and drying. Thinning also gives younger trees and other plants that grow beneath the forest’s canopy more light—and more light means more plants, more insects, and more birds and animals. This woodland biodiversity is vital to forest ecosystems and the survival of various species.

Which Lush products contain charcoal?


Dark Angels

For a deep-down clean that’ll leave your skin smooth, soft and matte, give yourself a scrub with Dark Angels. With a blend of Rhassoul mud and powdered charcoal, this face and body cleanser is also studded with grains of black sugar to polish away dry skin. And after you’ve rinsed yourself clean, your skin will be beautifully silky thanks to hydrating avocado and sandalwood oils and glycerin, which draws moisture from the air to keep skin soft.


If you prefer a cleanser that lathers, check out Coalface. Made with a palm-free coconut and rapeseed oil soap base, our black facial soap suds up beautifully. As you wash, tiny bits of charcoal gently exfoliate your skin, drawing out impurities and removing excess oil. Keen noses will recognize a subtle anise-y scent from the licorice decoction we add for its moisturizing and clarifying properties. Because Coalface is so cleansing, we’ve also included rosewood and sandalwood oils to soothe and hydrate the skin and leave it balanced.

Boom! Toothy Tabs help keep teeth looking bright

Boom! Toothy Tabs


Beauty bloggers and vloggers have been praising charcoal’s ability to whiten teeth for years, and we’ve harnessed its polishing power in Boom! These cola-flavored tabs are packed full of baking soda, powdered charcoal and kaolin clay to polish teeth clean and get them shining bright. Yes, Boom! makes your mouth gray as you’re brushing, but your sparkling white teeth will be worth it. And if you’re an eco-conscious shopper, these toothy tabs’ 100% recycled packaging will impress, as it’s easily recyclable, so it won’t end up in landfills.

The Guv’ner

When it comes to our deodorants, The Guv’ner is the strongest of the bunch, pairing absorbent charcoal with deodorizing sage, lavender and patchouli to keep your pits fresh and dry all day long. Just pat a palmful of it onto your underarms before heading out for the day and you won’t have to worry about smelling funky.

Learn more about our charcoal-infused products by visiting a Lush store or chatting with our friendly customer care team at 1-888-733-5874.

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