Activated Charcoal: Three beauty products I'm currently using

Olgani mighty cocoa toothpaste, Exuviance Detox mud treatment & Davines The Purity Circle

Activated charcoal has been a beauty buzzword for some time now and while sitting in the sun waiting for my hair mask to work its magic, I realised it wasn’t the only beauty product containing charcoal on my bathroom shelf! So what’s the buzz behind this black miracle ingredient?

Known as the ‘black diamond’, charcoal has been valued for its purification abilities for centuries in ancient China and Egypt. The charcoal becomes ‘activated’ when heated at super high temperatures, resulting in a sponge-like quality which is effective at absorbing toxins from the body, making it a dynamic tool for your skin and hair routine. Activated charcoal chemically adheres other materials to its surface and can absorb thousands of times its own weight.

It keeps breakouts under control as it ticks the box for pore-cleansing, exfoliator, tackling impurities, is antibacterial and, if you have oily or acne prone, skin, a sure winner for unclogging pores and removing excess oils.

For haircare it’ll add some volume and lift flat limp hair whilst removing everyday dirt and grime; your scalp will get some TLC too as the natural ingredient (made from coconut, peat and wood), helps with oiliness, dandruff, itchiness and soothes redness.

So here’s what I thought about the three products I’m currently using containing activated charcoal: Davines The Purity Circle Away from Pollution Hair and Scalp Mask, Olgani Mighty Cocoa Toothpaste and Exuviance Detox Mud Treatment


These masks are a godsend for travelling and I keep a couple for getaway weekends or just to change things up in my hair routine. I generally wash and condition my hair on the weekends when I have more time as it’s thick and takes forever to dry and I stay clear of the hairdryer (my winter must), drying it naturally in the sun; I do like to use other hair tools to add a bit more curl. Sadly my hair rarely looks shiny unless it’s been blowdried straight, like after a blowdry spoil or when hair guru David Gilson has given me incredible colour and a blow dry that leaves my hair sleek, shiny with added bounce! I like this particular mask as it makes my hair soft, shiny and manageable.

Sachets available at Carlton salons and costs ZAR125 which will give you a couple of washes.


OLGANI MIGHTY COCOA TOOTHPASTE helps get whiter teeth naturally (although perhaps if I cut down on the coffee and tea intake it would help too!) The toothpaste has fluoride-containing cocoa, charcoal, coconut oil and Zantman gum, is locally made from organic farming, and if you swallow some by mistake you’re not going to klip! Olgani Mighty Cocoa Toothpaste contains charcoal which can be somewhat daunting as your mouth turns black and it gets kinda messy, so be mindful as you’re brushing; I already see a slight difference in my teeth and if it’s natural and environmentally friendly it gets my stamp of approval. Watch this space for an updated photo!

ZAR125 available from Faithful to Nature shop here


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EXUVIANCE DETOX MUD TREATMENT formulated to clarify and refine pores by removing excess oil and toxins. I don’t have oily skin but like to use this at least once or twice a month as my skin feels super clean and detoxified and it clears the pores around my nose that sometimes gets a bit bleh. I make hubby use it regularly as he’s prone to oilier skin and as charcoal acts like a magnet, sweeping up surface pore-clogging impurities and environmental toxins its doing a damn fine job. It also contains French clay with a high mineral content which absorbs oil and leaves skin feeling and looking revitalized. A product that suits both of us and I love it!

Available at (It was R874 and now is priced at ZAR699 shop here

Well on that note, I’ll say bye bye and happy Tuesday…all day!!


BEAUTY EMPTIES: A Few Reviews For August


Another month slipped by way too quickly, but I got to try out three awesome products that I wanted to share: Cowshed’s Knackered Cow Relaxing Bath & Body Oil, The Body Shop’s Banana Body Yogurt and Exuviance’s Detox mud Treatment. Here’s what I thought:

cowshed knackered cow relaxing bath & body oil

Although this product can be used for both bath and body I’ve had to forgo the bath because of the Cape Town water shortages! I’ve been using the Cowshed Knackered Cow Relaxing Bath & Body Oil as a body oil which sinks in easily, nourishing my winter-induced dry & dehydrated skin. I prefer using oils during the colder months as they literally glide over your skin, and the quicker I can get dressed after showering the happier I am.

The combined scents of relaxing lavender and uplifting eucalyptus are oxymoronic in a sense but the combination works and smells good too! I wrote a post on Cowshed products as I love this brand. Their products are almost 100% vegan, and contain no pesticides, parabens, sulphates, microbeads or silicones.

cowshed knackered cow relaxing bath & body oil

The Banana Body Yogurt from The Body Shop contains lactic acid which is great for dry skin. Although it’s called a ‘yoghurt’ it doesn’t contain an inkling of dairy, but the lightweight consistency is yoghurt-like I suppose. This makes it sink into your skin oh-so-easily, which is preferable to the thick and rich body butters that take longer to settle. The product is 100% vegan, made from pureed bananas and organic almond milk.

THE BODY SHOP Banana Body Yogurt

The Banana Body Yogurt is really hydrating and definitely something I would use on a regular basis. I love the smell of bananas though, so if you don’t maybe opt for another of the body yoghurts, like mango (now that’s a fruit that makes me think of sunshine-y days!). These body yogurts are special editions for Summer 2018.

THE BODY SHOP Banana Body Yogurt

Exuviance’s Detox Mud Treatment is aimed at oily and blemish-prone skin. I decided this is the perfect mask for my other half to try out. Although he initially baulked at the thought of having to walk around with a mask on I managed to persuade him to drink a coffee and scroll through social media while it dried. Charcoal has been a buzzword in the beauty industry for a while now, appearing in everything from toothpaste to being ingested for gut purposes or, more typically, just in a mask form. Charcoal has properties that act like a magnet to dirt and bacteria, helping to unclog pores and clean the face.

Exumentviance Detox Mud Treatment

Exuviance’s Detox Mud Treatment contains a non-acid sugar exfoliator called NeoGlucosamine which is known to minimise the appearance of pores and to help with exfoliation. I really see a big improvement in his skin since using this. It’s looking brighter, more radiant and the nose area looks way better. Removing a charcoal mask can be a bit on the messy side, but showering seems to be the easiest and quickest way to wash it off. I don’t think it really makes a huge difference in his life whether his skin looks or feels good, but to me, I am a happy beauty girl!

That’s it for today – have you tried any of these products?