Activated Charcoal and Adsorption: 2 Recipes that Beautify and Detoxify

Have you ever heard of Activated Charcoal?  What if I told you it’s used in practically every hospital in the world to neutralize drugs and poisons.

For example, let’s say one evening you decide to enjoy a few alcoholic beverages out with some friends, a few turns into a lot and next thing you know you’re uncontrollably vomiting and need to be taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. What do you think they’ll give you? Yep. Activated charcoal.

Or how about your dog gets into your chocolate stash and you’re rushing her to the vet to save her life. Want to know what that black stuff is all over her face when she comes running to you after a night in the doggy ICU? Activated charcoal.

It’s useful for stomach aches (especially gas and bloating), water filtration, skin health, detoxes, and has been used in anti-aging routines through a process of adsorption—no, I’m not spelling absorption wrong, activated charcoal is one of the best known adsorption tools out there.

What is Adsorption?

Adsorption is the adhesion of atoms, ions, or molecules from a gas, liquid, or dissolved solid to a surface. In layman’s terms that means that activated charcoal binds harmful toxins to its surface area entrapping them until ready for removal from the body. This makes it one of the most effective detoxifiers we have at our disposal.

Here is an excerpt from Charcoal Remedies, The Complete Handbook of Medicinal Charcoal and Its Applications:

“The tiny particles of charcoal are riddled with a network of crevices, cracks, and tunnels such that the combined surface area in a one centimeter cube unfolds to a thousand square meters! This tremendous surface area, together with its capillary action, electrostatic properties, and other undefined properties make it the indisputable champion of detoxifiers.”

Amazing! We’re floored by the incredibly versatile uses of this product. We find ourselves using it all time—and no, not just to stave off hangovers—and we wanted to source it for ourselves.

ThePureWay Super Fine Activated Charcoal

As with all of our products, the quality of our Super Fine Activated Charcoal is unbeatable. Sourced from a single family farm, this activated charcoal is made from organic coconuts, you won’t find a more sustainable source (believe us, we’ve tried).

While we don’t recommend using it as a preventative measure or ingesting a lot of this at a time unless in an emergency situation—and even then, drink plenty of water with it—we do suggest keeping it around the house. It’s nontoxic, it helps detoxify the air, and it keeps for a very long time, it is pure carbon, afterall.

2 Recipes You Have to Try

Wonder what we use it for? Here are our top two recipes for activated charcoal.

*Note: Activated charcoal will stain and bind to porous surfaces. Use it carefully.

Teeth Whitening


2 teaspoons of ThePureWay Activated Charcoal Powder
.5 teaspoon Coconut Oil (or Water)
Optional: 5 drops Mint Essential Oil

1 small bowl


Place your ThePureWay Activated Charcoal in a small bowl.
Add Coconut Oil (or water) and optional mint essential oil to make a paste
Wet your toothbrush and dip it into the mixture—get a good scoop.
Brush teeth for 3 minutes (Your mouth will be BLACK).

For extra whitening, swish the charcoal and Coconut Oil around in your mouth for 10 minutes then spit out completely

Rinse mouth and floss to remove any small charcoal pieces.

Oh! Shiny!

Charcoal Facial Mask

You might as well put this on while you’re doing your teeth whitening routine because both are messy and invigorating! If you have dry skin, you’ll want to limit how often you do this mask to once per month or so as it does pull moisture from your skin. For Oily Skin, once every three weeks, this mask will leave your face feeling fresh.


3 teaspoons of ThePureWay Activated Charcoal powder
½ teaspoon Organic Aloe Vera gel

1 small bowl
1-2 chopsticks or Q-tips


Put 3 teaspoons of ThePureWay Activated Charcoal in the clean dish.
Add ½ teaspoon of Organic Aloe Vera gel.
Mix Charcoal and Organic Aloe Vera gel into a paste with your chopstick/q-tip

It’s important not to make the mixture too “liquidy” or “runny” so only add just as much Aloe Vera gel as needed.

Apply an even layer of the charcoal mask on your face in the areas where you typically break out or currently have a break out.
Let dry for 30 minutes.
Once mask is completely dry, wash your face with warm water, apply gentle, even pressure in a circular motion—take your time while washing your face as you don’t want the charcoal to make a mess everywhere.
When your face is free of charcoal, pat it clean with a clean (dark colored) towel.

**Oily Skin Protip—for those days, add a little sprinkle of the activated charcoal to your organic cleanser, leave it on for a minute or two while you brush your teeth before rinsing and your skin.

Voila, clear, detoxified skin!

Do you have a favorite use for ThePureWay Activated Charcoal? Tell us in the comments!


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. This article is for informational purposes only and is not to be considered medical advice. If you are in need of medical advice, please seek the appropriate medical counsel.

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Desiree barreto

My mother gave me a sample of this that Kevin gave to her to try. I use it for many things, esp for cleaning my teeth along with Pureway coconut oil. I really love both products! Thanks Kevin’s!

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