activated Charcoal homemade detoxifying Face Mask

Activated charcoal has been an “it” ingredient for some time now, as its natural detoxifying properties are bar none. If you’re like us, you probably have a big ol’ bag of the fine black powder tucked away in some part of your pantry. Maybe you use a teaspoon here and there, but here’s what to do with the rest of it, according to the ladies of Free People

Is a shot of pitch-black powder the newest way to supercharge your detox routine? At this point in the wellness game, we’re all pretty familiar with the general benefits of charcoal, the sooty, toxin-attracting particle that has the ability to sweep chemicals and bacteria off their feet — but thanks to a new no-nonsense, back-to-the-basics delivery system, you’re bound to become even more acquainted with the poison-trapping powerhouse.


Meet ARLO BLAK, the Australian-based brand that Alexandra Lawson dreamed up last year whilst looking for an alternative to the chemical-heavy products saturating the beauty market. “In an age of toxin overload, I wanted to create a product that was not only good for me, but also environmentally and vegan-friendly,” says Alexandra of the logic behind ARLO BLAK’s Activated Charcoal Powder, created from burning organic coconut shells in a process that creates the ultra-fine black powder with its famously porous, attractive surface. Fans of the brand like bombshell model Simone Holtznagel are already singing its cruelty-free, 100% natural praises.


Whether you’re mixing it into a face mask, polishing your teeth with it, or sipping it as a purifying elixir, the name of the game is DETOX. “Activated charcoal acts like a magnet drawing out dirt and oil from your pores, discoloration from your teeth, and toxins from your body,” Alexandra explains of the many uses the brand touts for its packet of unprocessed onyx dust. “Toxins from processed food and environmental pollution can wreak havoc on our bodies, destroying cells, affecting the functioning of our immune system, and contributing to early aging — ARLO BLAK binds toxins to help prevent damage, helping to relieve skin issues, allergies, and digestive problems like gas and bloating.”


The odorless, flavorless particles are meant to be mixed, so working them into a regular routine doesn’t require ousting your usual favorites completely, but instead sporadically adding a dose of detoxifying power. “I use it for a number of different health and beauty treatments,” Alexandra shares. “The benefits and uses are endless and I love when customers come up with new treatments.” Below, four of her top recipes for a purified future.

Brush with the charcoal 2-3 times per week to kiss expensive chemical treatments goodbye and say hello to perfect pH balance and a big, bright smile


your favorite toothbrush
Activated Charcoal Powder


Try this in the shower to avoid any spotted mirror problems: Dip your toothbrush in water and add a layer of ARLO BLAK’s powder. Brush, brush, brush and rinse well with water. Follow with your favorite toothpaste to get rid of any excess black residue (and leave a minty finish).

Bentonite clay and activated charcoal are a power couple for removing dirt and impurities from your skin.


½ tsp bentonite clay powder
½ tsp Activated Charcoal Powder


Start in the bath, because as your mask starts to dry, it will flake. Mix half a teaspoon of bentonite clay with half a teaspoon of ARLO BLAK and a bit of water into a paste. Apply evenly to skin, avoiding eye area. Lie back and relax until the mixture feels dry to the touch.

Remove with a wet wash cloth and your favorite face cleanser or face wipe.

Treat yourself to an acne-fighting, glowing-face-magic mask as often as 2-3 times per week.


½ tsp coconut oil
½ tsp Activated Charcoal Powder


Mix a half a teaspoon of ARLO BLAK with half a teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply to skin in a smooth layer, avoiding eyes. Put your feet up and wait for the mixture to dry.

Remove with a wet wash cloth and your favorite face cleanser or face wipe.

Drink 2- 3 times per week to help to remove unwanted toxins from your body, leaving you feeling renewed and more vibrant. Give yourself 3 hours before or after eating so as not to prevent nutrient absorption from your food.


½ organic lemon
1 tsp  Activated Charcoal Powder


Stir a teaspoon of ARLO BLAK into a glass of water. Add a squeeze of lemon for extra detoxifying power and sip at your leisure. Drink at least 8 glasses of water throughout the day to stay properly hydrated.

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  1. Sounds excessive. I’ve known about activated charcoal as a detoxifier for many years. It’sused in hospitals to help rid children for example of household poisonous substances or drugs they may have ingested in error. I’ve read that people should go easy on using charcoal in this way, due to the fact that it draws out even the natural gut flora & would neutralise supplements & medication. This whole “toxin” issue has become unnecessarily extreme & pointless if people can’t even avoid imbibing alcohol, the worst & most prolific toxin of all along with cigarettes. I’ve also read that regular intake, as often as 3X weekly, over a prolonged period is not recommended.

    Michelle | 10.13.2017 | Reply
  2. Activated charcoal is great for teeth cleaning, and as a face mask as mentioned above. You don’t need any expensive products either – you can get a giant container of capsules for $10 at any health food or grocery store. You just have to be careful not to swallow or inhale it. It is really important not to ingest it too often, because it absolutely interferes with your ability to absorb nutrients and medications.

    MarciaMarciaMarcia | 10.17.2017 | Reply
  3. I’m a cancer patient of almost 2 years prostate cancer then secondary cancer of the bone i take Green smoothies twice a day and 1 fruit smoothie aday I’m also on herbs to fight against the cancer in also have a very clean diet for the last eighteen months would activated charcoal capsules be any benefit to me if so at what dosage per day & per week .
    Thanks in your response.
    Jimmy Conway

    Jimmy Conway | 10.21.2017 | Reply
  4. Following…

    Martha | 10.22.2017 | Reply
  5. I have both for years and is not resolving after all the medications. How can activated charcoal help me
    How do I use it.

    george Coleman | 06.21.2020 | Reply

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