Welcome to the dark side! Charcoal-everything is all the rage these days but besides its chic blacker-than-black colour, its benefits seriously make it worth all the hype. With a list of pros the length of your arm like it’s detoxifying and skin soothing properties and avail in products from lemonade to bath salts and everything in between, we can’t get enough of the stuff!
With a zillion options out there, we’re sharing our faves (in all different price points) because who doesn’t love having options? Keep reading for 21 of our top picks for the best charcoal beauty products you need on your shelfie right now:
Charcoal Bath Soak
Who doesn’t love a hot bath at the end of a long day? We know we do. Do yourself a favour and pick up one of these babies for a little self-care treat but buyer beware – get ready to scrub out your tub after because this stuff might turn your pearly white tub a sweet shade of noir.
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Goop G.Tox Bath Soak, $45
The ultimate splurge bath product, Goop’s new G.Tox Bath Soak is perfect for whenever you need a little extra TLC. With glacial marine clay and activated charcoal in the mix, prepare to feel totally relaxed and detoxified!
Kaia Naturals Charcoal Hot Bath, $12
One of our fave local TO brands, Kaia Naturals has done it again with their Charcoal Detox Hot Bath that draws out toxins plus with apple cider vinegar in the mix, it helps to neutralize odours and keep you feeling fresh!
Body On Demand 20 Minute Detox Bath Prep Bath Salts, $12
Looking for that #glowup? These Body On Demand 20 Minute Detox Bath Prep Bath Salts infused with activated charcoal not only detoxify but also rid your body of excess moisture that in turn reduces bloating–sign us up!
Charcoal Bar Soap
Bar soap is one of the most OG beauty products out there but it’s definitely received a makeover thanks to charcoal. These soaps all work to cleanse the face without dehydrating it and also help to prevent breakouts!
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Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar, $15
Perf for us with all sorts of skin types, this Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Bar thoroughly cleans while moisturizing with the addition of bamboo. We love that this bar not only helps prevent breakouts but also treats existing ones with bergamont oil!
Yes to Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar, $7
This drugstore fave, Yes To has done it again with their Activated Charcoal Bar that’s not only wallet-friendly but seriously works wonders too. Leaving skin super soft while deep cleaning ain’t no easy feat but prepare to be amazed with this beauty buy!
Origins Purifying Charcoal Bar Soap, $21
A little higher in price but def worth the splurge is Origins Purifying Charcoal Bar Soap that promises an invigorating clean with a minty fresh scent. This bar is perf for hot summer days where all you want is to feel super refreshed!
Charcoal Face Masks
Over here at #TeamE7, we take face masks very seriously so you know we ain’t joking when it comes to these 3 picks. With our faves at different price points, there truly is something out there for everyone!
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Le Labo Fragrances Charcoal Face Mask, $56
This vegan and cruelty free Charcoal Face Mask from Le Labo is also unscented and (bonus points!) totally plant based! With ingredients like bitter almond to cleanse and wild radish to help repair, this mask is definitely one we’ll be adding to our #shelfie!
L’Oreal Energizing & Brightening Pure Clay Mask, $18
Working to combat the harmful effects of pollution is this L’Oreal Energizing & Brightening Pure Clay Mask and for us city girls, you know this is a real issue. We adore this drugstore find for not only its deep cleaning factors but also how it promises brighter more radiant skin!
The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Face Mask, $28
Infused with bamboo charcoal, tea tree and green tea, this Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Face Mask from The Body Shop is bound to help restore your skins glow. Leaving you refreshed and invigorated, this gem absorbs any excess oil giving you that gorgeous clean feeling!
As major coffee drinkers, we’re down to try anything that’ll guarantee our pearly whites will be, well, white. While you might be nervous about the blacker-than-black colour of these products, have no fear- these babies not only promise a whiter smile but also a pleasant flavour to boot!
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Lush Boom! Toothy Tabs, $11
These so strange but they work Boom! Toothy Tabs are a bit out there but if it comes from Lush, you know we’re in. Simply crunch one tab in your teeth and brush away – we can’t wait to try that cola flavour too!
Hello Activated Charcoal Toothpaste, $8
Whiten naturally with Hello Products’ Activated Charcoal Toothpaste that’s also cruelty free, vegan and is also gluten free! Working to not only whiten teeth but also remove plaque and kill any odour is bamboo all with a fresh minty flavour to get the job done and keep you feelin’ fresh!
Carbon Coco Tooth Polish, $102
This pitch-black powder has become an internet craze and for good reason – it seriously works wonders. Carbon Coco’s Tooth Polish helps remove stains, and also changes the pH in the mouth which in turn reduces cavities, gum disease and bad breath – epic win!
Charcoal Hair Care
With all the heat styling, colouring and product build-up our hair suffers through, it deserves a break and a little extra TLC don’t you think? We know as busy ladies that finding the time can be tricky but these products make it quick and easy!
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Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment, $41
Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp so don’t skimp on the scalp self-care! Briogeo’s Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment not only helps restore hair’s moisture but Binchotan charcoal works to draw impurities from the scalp!
IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo, $32
Perf for all hair types, IGK’s powerful First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo is capable of cleansing even the most oily hair and scalp with, of course – charcoal powder. The star ingredient, charcoal helps lift dirt and product build up and refreshes hair in between blowouts!
Hask Charcoal Clarifying Shampoo, $8
Get ready for cleaner-than-clean hair because with ingredients like charcoal, lemon and grapefruit oils, this Hask Charcoal Clarifying Shampoo is bound to be your next secret weapon. Citrus oils work to cleanse and eliminate impurities while still being gentle enough for daily use!
We’re no stranger to charcoal being used in cleansers because of its super charged detoxifying powers and these products promise a deep clean and fresh feeling that just can’t be recreated with other products!
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Clinique City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel, $27
Known for their top-notch skincare, Clinique has done it again with their City Block Purifying Charcoal Cleansing Gel. This non-drying and non-stripping cleanser removes dirt and makeup from the skin while still retaining skin’s natural moisture!
GlamGlow Glacticleanse Hydrating Jelly Balm Cleanser, $43
One of our fave skincare brands, GlamGlow is always killin the beauty game and their Glacticleanse Hydrating Jelly Balm Cleanser is no exception. This revolutionary product easily melts away makeup and deep cleans with charcoal and leaves skin feeling purified and super hydrated!
Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser, $8
Looking for a tingly clean feel? Then Bioré’s Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser is just what you need. This charcoal cleanser acts as a magnet and attracts any dirt and whisks it away in one fell swoop – we’ll take it!
Charcoal Face Mists
Charcoal setting spray honestly sounds like a bad idea–who wants black stuff sprayed all over their freshly done makeup? Hear us out: these mists are so fine and perfect for refreshing your face throughout the day, you won’t wanna knock ’em ’till you try ’em!
Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Make Up Setting Spray, $16
Lock your makeup in place with this ultra fine mist from Boscia. This White Charcoal Mattifying Make Up Setting Spray minimizes shine and pore size with the power of Binchotan white charcoal that also works to balances the skin’s moisture content. All that in a setting spray? We’re sold!
M.A.C Mineralize Charged Water Charcoal Spray, $29
Need a little skin-care boost during the day? MAC’s Mineralize Charged Water Charcoal Spray instantly refreshes lethargic skin and can also be used as a primer before makeup application. Bonus points for being ophthalmologist tested and safe for contact lens wearers!
Beauty Counter No. 3 Balancing Facial Mist, $44
Alcohol free and super revitalizing, Beauty Counter’s No. 3 Balancing Facial Mist with charcoal and kaolin clay helps absorbs excess oil, refines skin texture, and helps calm redness. Yes please!
(Story by Assistant Editor, Blair Stutz)