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Everything You Need To Know About Activated Charcoal

Everything you need to know about activated charcoal in your skincare products.

Over the last few years you’ve likely noticed more and more natural products with Activated Charcoal as a touted ingredient. We introduced our first product with Activated Charcoal back in 2012 (it's still a bestseller) and can confidently say that this skincare trend is not going away anytime soon! 

If you've yet to introduce Activated Charcoal into your routine, you're probably wondering what all the fuss is about.

"WHY on earth would anyone want to slather themselves in what looks like black mud?!" Because it's magical. End of story.

If you think I'm joking it's only because you haven't tried it! I'll back up my magical charcoal beliefs with some solid science, but first let's start with the basics.

The word “activated” sometimes throws people off, and no, it’s not like the same charcoal you throw on the grill. Let me break it down for you:


Charcoal briquettes for the grill are made of bits of charcoal, coal, starch (as a binder), sawdust, and sodium nitrate (to make it burn better). They sometimes come pre-coated with lighter fluid...definitely not something you want to put on your face! 


sustainable bamboo growing

Activated Charcoal used in skincare and body products, on the other hand, is made from pure and natural elements, such as sustainably harvested coconut shells and bamboo. These are transformed into activated charcoal by being heated at high temperatures in an airless drum.

This pressurized heating process creates millions of tiny nooks and crannies or pores in the charcoal that can trap 100-200x its weight in dirt, bacteria, toxins, and chemicals (yesss!).




While our 24hr formula is amazing at keeping you smelling fresh, our deodorants with activated charcoal powder (Jasmine Green Tea, Cucumber, and Activated Charcoal) provide an extra odor-busting oomph!

If you're switching to our natural deodorant from a conventional aluminum-based antiperspirant, the addition of activated charcoal can help speed up the detox process!

Here's how:

This may be old news to you, but body odor is not caused specifically by the presence of sweat.  Body odor is actually a result of the bacteria on your skin breaking down the protein in your sweat. (Ewww, right?!) So it’s actually the bacteria you’re smelling, not the sweat!  Remember how I mentioned that the pores in Activated Charcoal can soak up and trap bacteria? Boom! Ditto with any toxins your pores are expelling after having been blocked by aluminum in your old antiperspirant. 

"My whole life I have had problems with deodorants not working for me, or they will work for a week then stop. Its gotten so bad at times I have considered using botox to stop excess sweating. This stuff legitimately works, I will be a lifetime customer!"  - Kara  


Oily skin? Troublesome acne? Annoying Blemishes? Inflammation? Large pores? Our Activated Charcoal goat's milk soap is gifted with the ability to deep clean without drying, chemically attracting and locking in makeup, grime, excess sebum, toxins and free radicals (from indoor and outdoor pollution) that can cause breakouts, irritation, and the cellular damage responsible for premature aging. Paired with nourishing goat's milk, it washes them away without breaking down your skin’s naturally protective mantle, making our Activated Charcoal Bar a perfect companion for all skin types, but especially sensitive and irritated skin. You get a nice deep clean without any of the dryness or tightness you may have experienced with other face washes. 

Eileen and her favorite cleanser - Little Seed Farm Activated Charcoal BarOn a more personal note, after almost 20 years of suffering from painful and embarrassing acne - even while using prescription acne meds, I got pregnant. Suddenly, the topical cream and antibiotic I had been relying on were verboten and I was terrified. It turns out that none of them were safe during pregnancy and all were full of extremely questionable ingredients. I was able to get clear skin AND clean up my skincare routine by using our Activated Charcoal Farmstead Milk Soap as my one and only facial cleanser. I still use it to this day and have never gone back to the dermatologist. My skin hasn't been this clear since I was 11! (So now you know why I'm giving a soap my lovey eyes.) It gives me the warm and fuzzies to know that so many of our customers have found the same relief too!


"I have dealt with acne and skincare issues in the past and was tired of all the chemicals and ingredients that were difficult to pronounce in most of the acne face washes I found. I use a prescription cream for my skin but that alone has not been enough. I didn't want to add more products and chemicals to my routine so finding something gentle and natural was a priority for me. This soap has been magic! the combination of my cream and this is crazy. This soap helps calm down areas that are oily and helps hydrate areas that get dry. It doesn't irritate or dry out my skin at all. I'm amazed at how wonderful it is and have no desire to try anything ever again. My dermatologist had suggested a zinc soap bar but it did nothing for me, this stuff is now my holy grail and I'm obsessed!!" - Erica

 Little Seed Farm Activated Charcoal Detox ScrubDETOX SCRUB

Looking to banish dull or flaky skin? The Activated Charcoal Detox Scrub delivers a whole body glow and lusciously moisturized skin in minutes!  Activated charcoal safely draws out skin impurities, helps heal troubled skin and reduces inflammation, while coconut oil and a blend of essential oils heal and moisturize your skin. Dead Sea Salt delivers essential minerals to your body, gently sloughing away dead skin cells.

"I would recommend this scrub to anyone! First of all, the smell is amazing! You only need to use a small amount which makes your scrub last a long time. My legs feel BABY SMOOTH when I'm finished. The scrub moisturizes your skin and leaves your skin feeling hydrated for a long while after use. I will be purchasing again!" - Michelle

In conclusion, Activated Charcoal is MAGIC! 


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