Ways to use activated charcoal for everything in your life
Inky, jet black activated charcoal is so trendy right now. From ice cream, to soaps, to toothpastes, and cocktails (yes, I know), people are embracing this usually-not-really-charcoal charcoal that's often touted as a "great detox." But how many of those claims are true? And how versatile is it, really?
First of all, activated charcoal, as I said, is usually not really charcoal. "Activated charcoal is made from Korean red pine needles, Japanese bamboo, Asian oak, or coconut shells. It could also be made from peat, coal, or petroleum. This last one is to be avoided, so find out where your charcoal comes from," Janice Rosenthal, owner of Garden of Essences, told me.
Activated charcoal is ground into a fine powder that can be used in a ton of different ways — particularly when it comes to health, beauty, and wellness. While the color might look a bit off-putting and maybe a little scary for some people (inky black beauty products will do that to you), it just might be worth incorporating some products that contain activated charcoal into your beauty or wellness routine.