Incredible Ingredients: The Beauty Benefits of Charcoal + EDOBIO’s Recommended Product Picks

At EDOBIO, our formulas are inspired by ancient beauty rituals and ingredients from Japan’s Edo period.

Amongst the many plant-based additives and extracts we love to use, one of our favorites is charcoal from wood or bamboo. For over 300,000 years, charcoal has been an essential part of human life in Japan. In fact, during the Edo period, charcoal played an important role in traditional culture, as it was used to purify the air and provide heat for ceremonial tea rooms.

However, even more excitingly, charcoal has many benefits for use in cosmetics. Here is what you need to know: 

Three Benefits of Charcoal in Beauty and Personal Care Products

Benefit #1: Charcoal Absorbs Excess Oil and Other Impurities

Due to its naturally porous texture, charcoal-based ingredients have the effect of causing capillary action in the skin. When used in skin or hair care products, this effect works to lift dirt, oil, and other debris from the skin, preventing buildup in the follicles.

Benefit #2: Charcoal Is Gentle Enough for All Skin Types and Conditions

Despite being a powerful active ingredient, charcoal is not known to irritate the skin or cause any adverse reaction. It can be used to address a number of inflammatory skin conditions – including acne and rosacea – as well as for dry or sensitive skin that feels tight after washing.

Benefit #3: Charcoal Has Powerful Anti-Odor Properties

In addition to absorbing impurities, charcoal is also able to absorb unwanted odors. For this reason it is an excellent antiperspirant and deodorant ingredient, and even a breath freshener, which is why it can be found in many personal care products, including toothpaste. It can even be used in refrigerators to combat lingering food smells.


Our Product Picks: EDOBIO Formulas Featuring Charcoal

  • EDOBIO Vegan Black Soap – For anyone prone to blackheads and blemishes, as well as anyone with oily or combination skin, Vegan Black Soap is a perfect daily cleansing product. Key ingredients include wood and bamboo charcoal powders, as well as lactic acid bacteria to purify the pores and promote balance in the skin.

  • EDOBIO Smoothing Shampoo – This unique shampoo provides scalp care and deep cleansing in one simple formula. The charcoal-based ingredients work to absorb dirt and old product residue, while also reducing odor and supporting a healthy scalp. It also helps to keep the skin moisturized thanks to its soft and fluffy foaming texture.

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