Cosmetics have fad ingredients, just like clothing and accessories.  A few fads we have seen in the past are:  Retinol, Coenzyme Q10, Moroccan Oil and Argan Oil.  Recently, I’ve been asked frequently if I make Goat Milk Lotion.  I’m wondering where’s this advertising.  What’s up?  But the biggest rage right now is CBD oil. 

Charcoal Soap became a “thing” quite a few years ago and it’s still here. Charcoal has even spread from soap to toothpaste, deodorants and facial masks.  I suspect it is here to stay.  The reason is clear, yes, clear skin. 

What is Activated Bamboo Charcoal? 

First, charcoal is black carbon residue produced by heating wood or organic material in the absence of oxygen until it is charred. Typically, it is made from peat, coal, wood, coconut shells or petroleum. 

Bamboo Charcoal comes from....(drum roll, please) Bamboo plants. 

Activated means it has been treated by various methods to increase the size of its internal spaces or pores. This increases its absorbency.  So, it traps unwanted elements like dirt and grime. It does not absorb (incorporate), but it adsorbs (attaches itself) to something else.

Chemically speaking, it has a negative charge and a porous nature.

Charcoal can adsorb (attach to something else) thousands of times its own weight. 

History of Activated Bamboo Charcoal

Bamboo Charcoal dates back to as early as 1486 during the Ming dynasty when it was used to formulate medicine and to filter water for tea.  Typically, it has been used for fuel, purification and filtration of water and air.  It is used to treat gastro-intestinal problems and remove odors.  It is also used in patients who have become poisoned or overdosed on drugs.

How Does Activated Bamboo Charcoal Work in Soap?

As stated charcoal is high adsorptive.  So charcoal attaches to dirt and grime. Since it can adsorp thousands of times its own weight, it can draw many toxins from our skin.   

Charcoal also has antibacterial properties that helps wounds to heal.   

Josette BodyCare Has Two Kinds of Charcoal Soap:

We use our regular soap base, but we add some extras.  Our soap base is a specially formulated blend of:  Goats Milk, Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Olive Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil and Shea Butter. The extras or additives, as we call them are clays, fragrance or essential oils and bamboo activated charcoal. 

 Josette BodyCare Take A Moment Face Soap for Dry Skin

TAKE A MOMENT is for normal to dry skin.  One of the additives in this bar is Kaolin Clay which also adsorbs (holds like a magnet) impurities.  It adds some exfoliation, additional cleansing and silkiness.  The fragrance is a phthalate-free sweet fruity scent of bananas, cherries, pineapples.  This bar can be used all over the body and often is smells wonderful and why not make your body extra-clean? 

Click HERE to purchase TAKE A MOMENT for dry skin. 

Josette BodyCare Share Your Story Face Soap for Oily Skin

SHARE YOUR STORY is for oily skin. This bar has French Green Clay which exfoliates and tightens pores by absorbing excess oils.  We then add Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil for fragrance, but also because it is an antiseptic. 

Click HERE to purchase SHARE YOUR STORY for oily skin. 


Here's some questions I often get:

  • Will the bar leave a black mess?  No, it leaves a light grey mess!  Just kidding, in part.  The residue is a very light grey.   If you use a soap dish with prongs that holds the bar up out of the water, you won't have a mess at all.     If you use a soap net, you can hang the bar up to dry and there is no mess whatsoever.  Click here to find the soap nets? 
  • Will the charcoal lodge in my pores, leaving what looks like a black-head?  No.  That sometimes happens with a facial mask, but the soap is mixed with water and other oils that allows everything to be lifted and washed away. 
  • How long does a bar last?  On average a bar used only for the face that is allowed to dry out between use will last at least 3 months. 
  • Will it dry out my face?  I can't say.  Everybody is different.  If your face is dry, after washing with any cleanser, you should apply a moisturizer.  If your face is oily and you use Share Your Story, you face will definitely feel tight and drier. 
  • Who is that beautiful girl washing her face?  Dat girl, is my lovely daughter, Charlotte.  She does more than just wash her face before a camera, she makes a lot of our products.   Thanks for asking! 

    Feel free to send me any questions or comments.  I love hearing from you.


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