Best Cruelty Free Charcoal Products : Head to Toe

Hello everyone,

Today I am going to write a much awaited collection. Everyone knows how amazing activated charcoal is. It was quite a rage some time back and everything from toothpaste to face wash claimed to have it in it. But what is so great about activate charcoal and how is even charcoal activated? Read on to know:

When carbon is treated with oxygen, the treatment results in highly porous charcoal. These tiny holes increases the surface area of the carbon, allowing liquids and gases to pass through and interact with exposed carbon. This carbon is capable of absorbing a wide range of impurities and contaminants. Thus the oxygenated carbon, also called activated charcoal or activated carbon is basically small, black, porous sponge. Non cosmetically and more popularly it is used in water filters, medicines that selectively remove toxins and in chemical purification process. It is also a substance given to poison victims to reduce the ill effects of poisoning.

Apart from that, charcoal has many more benefits. It helps whiten teeth, digestive cleansing, reduces gas and bloating, anti ageing and treats alcohol poisoning.

In this list, I have listed best charcoal products for all your needs. I have listed good, cruelty free and affordable hair cleansers, masks, body cleanser, face washes, face packs and even a tooth powder. This will be your go to list for all your charcoal needs.

Here we are with the best charcoal products that you can buy in a budget in India that are cruelty free:

A. Cleansers

1.  Aloeveda Activated Charcoal Face Wash: 
Brand Claims: This purifying face wash contains suspended activated charcoal, lemon essential oil, panthenol and niacinamide among other ingredients. This is a sulphate free face wash recommended for all skin types. It is paraben free and soap free formula.
Price: Rs. 210 for 100ml.
Cruelty Free: Yes, as per their website.
Availability: easily available online

2. Mamaearth Charcoal Face Wash: 
Brand Claims: Mamaearth’s SLS & Paraben free Charcoal Face Wash contains activated charcoal to gently draw out dirt, impurities, micro particles and make up, leaving skin clean and fresh. Clay deeply penetrates pores removing excess oil from skin without causing irritation. Coffee revitalizes the skin by removing dead skin cells. It is dermatologically tested and pH balanced. It leaves skin feeling soft and smooth and contains no harmful chemicals like SLES, sulfates, phthalates or artificial fragrance.
Price: Rs. 249 for 100ml.
Cruelty Free: Yes, as per their website.
Availability: Easily available online. Available in some offline stores too.

B. Scrub:

3. Tvakh Activated Charcoal Oil Control Exfoliating Scrub
Brand Claims: This oil control exfoliating scrub is designed with activated charcoal that gently exfoliated your skin, improves dull skin and reduces sebum. It is a mild sulfate free cleanser containing Calendula (Kills the Acne bacteria), Amla (Natural source of Vit C) and Orange peel (AHA Derivative) that exfoliates the skin deeply, leaving it smoother.
Price: Rs.425 for 100ml.
Cruelty Free: Yes. As per
Availability: Easily available online.

C. Face Masks: Mostly activated charcoal is used in face masks for its detoxifying properties. These are my picks from the huge list.

4. Raw Beauty Detox and Restore with Spirulina, Brahmi and Charcoal Mask
A clarifying mask which will keep acne at bay by unclogging your pores and creating unfriendly environment for bacteria. It sooths inflamed skin and nourishes skin with phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals necessary for a healthy skin. It rejuvenates and repairs skin and reverses sun damage. It reduces environmental stress and doesn’t dehydrate skin. It is a multi utility product that can be used on your scalp too.
Price: Rs.700 for 85gms.
Cruelty Free: Totally cruelty free.
Availability: You need to DM raw beauty on instagram to order. COD not available.

Also Read : Best Charcoal face mask in India

5. R Zizhi Mother Earth Clay Mask
R Zizhi’s mother earth clay mask tightens the pores, evens out the skin tone, detoxifies and remineralizes the skin. The main component is bentonite clay which is also knows as volcanic ash. Its detox capability helps you fight the summer heat. It comes with a set of instructions that has to be followed. After application you cannot apply or have any chemical based products.
Price: Rs.600 for 100gms.
Cruelty Free: Totally.
Availability: DM R Zizhi on instagram to buy.

6. Juicy Chemistry Tea Tree, Charcoal & Bentonite Clay Organic Face Mask
A boon for troubled skin, this JC charcoal mask will draw out pore-clogging muck while tea-tree oil will act as an anti-septic. Peppermint oil rejuvenates your skin, and ground almonds exfoliate leaving your skin clean and trouble-free. Together all these ingredients will make your masking ritual fun and satisfying.
Price: Rs.450 for 25gms.
Cruelty Free: Yes.
Availability: Easily available offline.

7. Neemli Activated Charcoal Detox Face Mask
Neemli’s Activated Charcoal Detox Face Mask is a deep pore detoxifying face mask which cleanses and brightens skin complexion along with balancing the skin’s excessive production thus relieving acne prone skin. The combination of Activated Charcoal and Multani Mitti helps draw impurities while gently hydrating skin. This face mask is hand pounded and is concentrated thus which requires very little at a time. The clay is sourced from different locations for their amazing and unique characteristics.
Price: Rs.725 for 75gm
Cruelty Free: Yes and 100% vegan.
Availability: Easily available online.

8. Greenie Mill Charcoal, Lavender and Rhassoul Clay Mask
This detoxifying and purifying face pack contains rhassoul clay, oats, aloe vera powder, kaolin clay, lavender buds, tea tree oil, sweet basil oil, thyme oil, lavender oil. It is a much raved product that will work hard to keep those acne at bay.
Price: Rs.215 for 50gms.
Cruelty Free: Yes
Availability: Easily available offline.

9. The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
This 100% vegan clay mask from The Body Shop will revive your skin and make it oh so soft. It contains green tea leaves, bamboo charcoal and organic tea tree oil as the main ingredients. It is devoid of parabens, mineral oil, paraffin and silicones. This invigorating mask redefines and refines pores and draws out impurities to bring out the healthy skin.
Price: Rs.1895 for 75ml tub.
Cruelty Free: Yes, leaping bunny certified.
Availability: Easily available online and offline.

10. Mamaearth C3 Face Mask
Mamaearth C3 face mask removes all the impurities from the skin and unmasks the glowing skin beneath. First ‘C’ Activated charcoal gets rids of excess oil. Second ‘C’ Coffee exfoliates dead skin cells. Third ‘C’ Kaolin clay attacks on acne and keep them away while bentonite clay, also called Volcanic Ash treats scars. It is dermatologically tested and free from sulfates, paraben, silicones, SLS, PEGs, animal derived ingredients and synthetic fragrances.
Price: Rs.599 for 100ml.
Cruelty Free: Yes, as per their website.
Availability: Easily available offline.

D. Hair Cleansers: Switching to shampoo bars is one of the best and easiest things you can do for the environment. Packaged without plastic, these shampoo bars are a must try.

11. Juicy Chemistry Plantain, Bamboo & Charcoal Organic Dry Shampoo
We all, especially us girls, know how difficult is to wash hair sometimes. When you are getting late for work, you need something which instantly refreshes your scalp and reduces the grease. Well. here is the solution to your needs. JC’s Plantain & Bamboo Charcoal Dry Shampoo saves you from a bad hair day and also nourishes and manages your scalp health. It promotes hair growth, balances oil production and reduces itchiness. Say bye bye to dirty hair days.
Price: Rs.750 for 110gm.
Cruelty Free: Yes
Availability: Easily available offline.

E. Body Cleansers: I love using handmade soaps and these are some of the best.

12. Nytarra Activated Charcoal and Dead Sea Mud Soap
This cold process soap contains a beautiful blend of Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Soya Bean Oil, Shea Butter & Castor Oil. It is suitable for acne prone or oily skin. Activated Charcoal’s anti-bacterial properties not only kills germs but also exfoliates your skin. Banish blemishes and toxins, and give your skin a smooth texture. This soap is great for an all over skin detox. The mud found around Dead Sea is actually therapeutic. Symptoms of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema and acne can be controlled by using Dead Sea mud. Its rich mineral content accelerates natural exfoliation and restores your skin’s pH balance. The strong antibacterial properties of Tea Tree Oil can help to reduce the causes of swelling and irritation of the skin. It can help ease discomfort caused by psoriasis thanks to its anti-bacterial properties.⠀
Price: Rs.200 for a bar of 100gms.
Cruelty Free: Yes
Availability: DM Nytarra to buy.

13. Neemli Activated Charcoal Detox Bathing Bar
Activated charcoal has always been a critical ingredient in Ayurveda. Its high absorption makes it especially useful to draw impurities and toxins deeply from our pores. The soothing Rhassoul Clay nourishes and reduces breakouts by regulating oil production. The Anti Microbial Tea Tree Essential Oil fights acne and fungal infections. Each bar is handcrafted and cured for 28 days before they are ready to be used. No added fragrance, only pure essential oils. Each soap is made in small batched in India.
Price: Rs.425 for a bar of 75gms.
Cruelty Free: Yes, and 100% vegan.
Availability: Easily available offline.

14. Kaira Naturals Lavender and Charcoal Handmade Soap
Made with skin loving pure oils, this clarifying, nourishing and soothing soap is scented with pure essential oils. It lathers well and can be used by all skin types.
Price: Rs.595 for a bar of 110gms.
Cruelty Free: Yes
Availability: DM Kaira Naturams to place order. COD not available.

15. Juicy Chemistry Australian Sandalwood, Hemp & Charcoal – Organic Soap For Black Heads & Acne Prone Skin
This detoxifying face abd body cleanser is the perfect remedy for your pesky marks, blackheads and acne, including B(ack)acne. This is the perfect bath remedy for healthy and beautiful skin. Charcoal will draw out pore-clogging dirt from deep within while Neroli soothes and calms irritated skin. Frankincense helps regenerate skin cells, leaving your skin clean and  nourished.
Price: Rs. 600 for 90gms
Cruelty Free: Yes
Availability: Easily available online.

F. Tooth Powder: Though this is not a skincare product, but it is such a magical product that no list about activated charcoal can be complete without it.

16. Raw Beauty Chamkeela
This tooth powder is non abrasive, teeth whitening and removes stains and plaque. It reduces sensitivity and improves gum health. It is anti-bacterial and remineralizes the mouth. It contains himalayan rock salt, activated charcoal, turmeric, clove and cinnamon powder.
Price: Rs.390 for 100gms.
Cruelty Free: Absolutely
Availability: DM @rawbeauty2018 on instagram to order. COD not available.

What is your favorite charcoal product?

Disclaimer: The pictures have been taken from the brand’s Instagram page or their website or from my Instagram page.

About the author

Meenal is a freelance content writer, skincare enthusiast, minimalist and a Chartered Accountant. She works in her CA Firm and also writes for her page She is obsessed with skincare and is totally honest with her opinions.