Why Would I Want Charcoal In My Toothpaste?

I know. It sounded weird to me at first too. For most of my life charcoal was only a black substance used for art supplies. But there are actually health benefits to charcoal. Which is why you’ll see it as an ingredient in face masks, deodorant, and, yes, even toothpaste. You might not have even known that charcoal is man-made (I know I didn’t). Charcoal is actually made from wood! When heated at high temperatures, with the absence of oxygen, the wood partially combusts—a process that removes water and impurities, leaving behind pure carbon. If you see something labeled as using “activated charcoal” it indicates that the wood was heated at even hotter temperatures, ensuring that the byproduct can be as pure as possible while maximizing the natural benefits. Regular charcoal is used for metallurgy, filtering and cooking. Activated charcoal is used for medicinal reasons and personal care products.

Now to the fun part—the benefits! Activated charcoal is incredibly porous making it highly absorbent. Not only does it absorb liquids and moisture, but its most important job is to absorb toxins. It is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and, of course, detoxifying.


  • Emergency rooms—in overdose cases, it is used to absorb toxins out of the body

  • Kidney health—aids in filtering out undigested toxins

  • Water filtration—pulls chemicals, toxins, and bacteria out of the water

  • Diarrhea treatment—absorbs offending waste

  • Toothpaste—antiviral and antibacterial

  • Skin care products—pulls dirt, chemicals, and toxins out of the skin

  • Deodorant—absorbs odor and moisture

So, yes, the next time you’re shopping you may want to pick up some activated charcoal toothpaste.

Do you already use products with activated charcoal? I’d love to hear! I use Native’s Detoxifying Charcoal Toothpaste and BeautyCounter’s Counter+ Charcoal Facial Mask.

As a note: always consult with a doctor if you plan to ingest charcoal of any form. Adverse side-effects can occur when mixed with certain medications and supplements.

*This post is not sponsored and the brands mentioned are not affiliate partners.


Sources: 1. rootsofprogress.org/what-is-charcoal 2. www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322609#possible-uses 3.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/activated-charcoal-uses-risks#1


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