Activated charcoal is a natural detoxifier that has been used to help treat drug overdoses and poisoning. It can also help with: bloating, gas, hangover prevention, lowering cholesterol, and making Ryan Gosling fall in love with you. (Fine, maybe we lied about the last part.) And now this miracle carbon has made its stunning debut in the beauty world, and we are OBSESSED. From t-zones to teeth, it’s hard to find a surface that activated charcoal isn’t good for.

So, how does this miracle compound work?

Activated charcoal essentially acts like a magnet and clings to dirt, oil and other toxins (equally cool and gross). In the stomach, activated charcoal attaches to poisons and toxins, and prevents their absorption in the bloodstream. On the face, activated charcoal clings to dirt and oil, and whisks them away when you rinse off. Activated charcoal, we salute you.

Here’s our list of 10 activated charcoal products that we’re currently obsessed with. (This may just be your next obsession too.)

  1. Say Yes to Tomatoes Activated Charcoal Bar Soap – $3.74
    A cleansing face and body bar soap that rids the skin of impurities. Great for combination skin.
  2. Activated Charcoal Tooth & Gum Powder – $8.99
    Activated charcoal helps safely whiten and polish teeth, and freshen breath.
  1. Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter Cleansing Oil-Balm – $32
    A cleansing oil-based balm that melts into skin and removes impurities and makeup (including waterproof mascara, yaaaas!).
  2. Sephora Collection Micellar Cleansing Water and Milk  – $7.50
    A cleansing micellar water that purifies, detoxifies, and refreshes the skin. Removes makeup without stripping skin of moisture.
  3. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask – $27
    A deep-cleansing mask that draws out pore-clogging dirt and oil with activated charcoal. This mask also absorbs environmental toxins with White China Clay, for squeaky clean skin.
  1. Freeman Beauty Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing Mask – $3.27
    A dual-action mask and facial scrub with charcoal and black sugar that helps detoxify the skin.
  2. On the Rocks Clarifying Charcoal Shampoo – $26
    A clarifying shampoo with activated charcoal that helps remove product buildup without stripping or drying hair.


  1. Babe Charcoal Hand Wash – $38
    A moisturizing hand wash that uses activated charcoal to cleanse.


  1. Origins Clear Improvement Purifying Charcoal Body Wash – $25
    An invigorating body wash with activated charcoal that helps remove dirt and build up, without drying your skin.
  2. After Party Cold Pressed Juice – $9.50
    A whole body detoxifying elixir that can help with liver support and hangovers. This cold pressed juice tastes like maple syrup and lemon, and has a midnight hue thanks to its healing ingredient: activated charcoal. Stock up before your next night out!

What are your favorite activated charcoal products? Leave us a comment below if we missed any must-have activated charcoal beauty or wellness products. Also, be sure to download the Slice App for your Apple or Android device. Slice can give you a full view of your online orders, and even alert you when prices drop. Shop smarter with Slice!