During Staycation week, Kirby picked up a package of activated charcoal from the shop at the Noguchi Museum. Since then, our interest has been piqued about this incredible natural purifier.
People have known about the detoxifying properties of charcoal for thousands of years. Ancient Hindus used it to purify their drinking water and Egyptians found a variety of medical uses.
Modern activated charcoal is carbon that has been heated to super high temperatures, creating thousands of tiny internal pores. These crevices trap undesirable odors, dyes, oils, metals, and chemicals. If you have a water purifier, you’re probably already familiar with how much better tap water tastes after a run through the filter.
Activated carbon can also be incorporated into your beauty routine. Charcoal masks sop up excess oil and leave you with a fresh, glowing complexion. Recently, we’ve been eying the carbon infused scrub towels and toothbrushes from the fabulous Japanese shop, Rikumo. Links to a few favorites below.