From masks, soaps, and scrubs, to toothpaste and juice, activated charcoal is a common ingredient found in many trendy products these days.
Activated charcoal or activated carbon has been used for centuries to decontaminate water and remove toxins from the body. But traditionally, when you think charcoal, you think black soot remnants from a campfire or a toxic coal mining environment.
So, how do we go from burnt campfire soot to facial exfoliator?
Well, as it turns out most activated charcoal-based products are produced with natural ingredients that produce zero greenhouse gasses, like coconut husks and bamboo.
Coconut shell and wood are renewable resources. Bamboo grows quickly, making it an ideal base for activated carbon. Coconut plantations provide the benefit of trees, while still providing the benefits of their shells.
The process of carbonization (converting coconut shells to charcoal) is surprisingly non-toxic. Volatiles released during the carbonization process include methane, CO2, water vapor, and other organic vapors. Disruptive technology is used to prevent the emission of greenhouse gasses during the carbonization process. Coconut shells are chared in a reactor, which captures the greenhouse gasses and uses them in a controlled manner for the production of thermal energy.
As long as the benefits of activated charcoal will continue to adorn the beauty industry, we can rest easy knowing that activated charcoal is an eco-friendly ingredient and a great alternative to other petroleum-based and micro-plastic based products. There are no serious health or environmental risks associated with activated charcoal products, so get to scrubbin’ for that soft toxin-free skin.