Bamboo Charcoal has been used for centuries in the East. The Japanese use it regularly for everything from filtering and purifying drinking water to brushing their teeth.
Fairly new to Western culture, Bamboo Charcoal has a lot to offer. First of all, it is extremely absorbent--its molecules are very porous, though smooth on skin and great at catching all they come in contact with. Activated charcoal (charcoal that is steamed at a high temperature) prior to use, has an extremely large surface area--1 ounce of activated Bamboo Charcoal can have a surface area of thousands of square feet. The incredible surface area and absorption power of the charcoal gives it the ability to purify all that it comes into contact with: air, water, and skin.
When used in skin care, activated Bamboo Charcoal does wonders to deeply cleanse and help to detoxify. Drawing impurities and toxins from deep within your pores with its powerful absorption properties, it gives an amazing deep clean while also naturally and gently exfoliating. Bamboo Charcoal is gentle, but effective, and works especially well to clean and care for oily, combination and blemish-prone skin types.
Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal soap features a generous amount of Activated Bamboo Charcoal.