4 ways to harness the power of charcoal in your beauty routine

4 ways to harness the power of charcoal in your beauty routine

It seems like charcoal is popping up everywhere these days. From personal care products like face masks and toothpastes, to consumable food products like lattes and lemonades, charcoal is making the rounds in the health and wellness industry.


Now, before you grab a briquette from your barbeque, it’s important to note that charcoal and activated charcoal are two very different things.

Charcoal and activated charcoal are two different things.

The charcoal used in food and bath & body products is activated charcoal, also known as activated carbon, which means it has been heat-treated and finely ground to increase its surface area and absorbency. Activated charcoal has been used for thousands of years for water filtration, gas purification and poisoning treatment/medicine. Activated charcoal is also known to bind to other substances and remove stains and impurities from the teeth and skin, which is why we’ve seen it show up in all sorts of products.

From toothpaste to bar soap, there’s a little something for anyone looking to add this powerful ingredient to their beauty routine!


Here are a few of our favourite charcoal products that you can find in our store:

An Apothecary employee smiles with a jar of Nelson Naturals Activated Charcoal Toothpaste in her hand

Nelson Naturals Activated Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste

It’s summer 2021, and after over a year of diligent masking and ever flowing work-from-home coffee pots, we won’t judge you if your teeth are a little bit stained. To get those charming pearly whites back, Nelson Naturals Activated Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste and the Charcoal Mint Crush & Brush Toothpaste Tabs are fantastic plastic-free solutions. Our staff love to mix up their brushing with a daily non-charcoal toothpaste (Nelsons Naturals' Moringa is a staff fav!) and charcoal toothpaste or tabs 2-3 times a week for a brighter smile.

Routine Charcoal Deodorant

Routine’s Moon Sisters and Superstar natural deodorants contain charcoal, magnesium, and prebiotics to give your pits the love and attention they deserve. The charcoal works to draw out stinky toxins, leaving you feeling super fresh and clean for even longer throughout the day. Magnesium helps to relax your underarms to reduce stress sweating, while prebiotics keep your skin strong and healthy.

We have both scents available in brand new jars and on refill in store, so you can buy your jar once and keep coming back for more!

Charcoal Konjac Sponge

Bamboo charcoal acts as a magnet to draw out dirt and sebum in this compostable exfoliating facial sponge, which is perfect for oily and acne-prone skin. The best part? You can use these gently exfoliating konjac sponges without a cleanser, which makes them a handy minimalist bathroom essential.

Charcoal Mint Bar Soap

Handcrafted in small batches using stimulating peppermint and antiseptic tea tree essential oils along with nutrient-rich oils and butters, our Charcoal + Mint Bar Soap will leave you squeaky clean and all revved up for whatever the day has in store. Blended with detoxifying charcoal powder, this peppy bar is especially good for acne prone skin.

Whether you’re a brush and go type person, or a 20-step beauty routine queen, there are plenty of ways to bring charcoal into your bathroom. And if you’re worried about the state of your bathroom sink after using charcoal products, we’ve got plenty of cleaning products to help you out with that too!

Posted by Rosie on 7/13/2021 to Promotions