Charcoal is a popular ingredient in beauty and self-care right now, and for good reason—this naturally scrubby powder is a great cleanser for skin, teeth and more.
Unlike the briquettes you use in a barbecue, the charcoal used in personal care products is ground down until it’s super fine. This light and airy texture makes it absorbent and perfect for mattifying skin and removing stains from teeth. Made from a blend of oak, ash, hazel and chestnut wood, our charcoal is an important component in some of our cleansers, toothy tabs and deodorants.
Which Lush products contain charcoal?
Dark Angels Face And Body Cleanser
For a deep-down clean that’ll leave your skin smooth, soft and matte, there’s Dark Angels. With a blend of Rhassoul mud and powdered charcoal, this gentle scrubber is also studded with grains of black sugar to polish dry, flaky skin. Use it as a cleanser or build up a paste with water and leave it on as a mask for 10-15 minutes. However you choose to use it, after you’ve rinsed yourself clean, your skin will feel silky thanks to hydrating avocado oil.
If you prefer a little more lather, check out Coalface Cleansing Charcoal Bar. Made with a palm-free soap base filled with coconut and rapeseed oils, this black facial soap suds up beautifully but still leaves skin soft. As you wash, tiny bits of charcoal gently exfoliate and remove excess oil. Keen noses will recognize a subtle anise-y scent from the licorice decoction we add for to moisturize and clarify. Because Coalface is so cleansing, we’ve also included rosewood and sandalwood oils to soothe and hydrate the skin—leaving it clear and balanced.
Scrub Scrub Scrub
Charcoal’s scrubby properties can also be put to work from the neck down when you polish up with Scrub Scrub Scrub. This all-over body buffer is filled with fine sea salt and powdered charcoal to slough away the rough bits, while with toning lime puree and rosemary oil help keep oily and troubled skin feeling squeaky-clean and soft to the touch.
Beauty bloggers and vloggers have been praising charcoal’s ability to whiten teeth for years. We’ve harnessed that beloved polishing powder in Boom! Toothy Tabs. This cola-flavored toothpaste is a solid choice packed full of baking soda, powdered charcoal and kaolin clay to polish teeth clean and get them shining bright.
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. Pat a palmful of it onto your underarms before heading out for the day and don’t worry about smelling funky.
Where do we get our charcoal?
A lot of the charcoal used in beauty products is derived from clear-cut hardwood forests. But we source charcoal from The Dorset Charcoal Company in the UK, 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, insects, birds and animals. This woodland biodiversity is vital to forest ecosystems and the survival of various species.