Does Charcoal Soap Help with Body Odour?

Does charcoal soap help with body odour?


We all want to smell clean and fresh, without worrying that you may be offensive to those around you.  Enter charcoal soap—your new secret weapon against unwanted odours. This trendy soap isn't just hype; it's a game-changer for keeping smells at bay, particularly in areas like the armpits.

So, how does it work? Charcoal soap is packed with activated charcoal, a powerhouse ingredient that works like a magnet to draw out impurities and bacteria from your skin. This bathroom 'must have' is like a detox for your body, leaving you feeling clean and refreshed. 

You can use it regularly all over your body, and some soaps are even suitable for cleansing your face.

Here’s why charcoal soap is a powerful tool in combating body odour:


Why charcoal soap works

Charcoal soap is renowned for its ability to absorb impurities and toxins from the skin. Activated charcoal, the key ingredient, has a porous structure that traps dirt, bacteria, and excess oil. 

  1. Absorption of Toxins and Bacteria: Activated charcoal binds to bacteria and toxins, drawing them out of the skin and preventing them from causing odour.
  2. Deep Cleansing: The deep-cleaning properties of charcoal soap ensure that pores are unclogged, reducing the buildup of sweat and bacteria that can lead to bad smells.
  3. Balancing Skin pH: Charcoal soap helps balance the skin’s pH levels, creating an environment less conducive to bacterial growth.

Charcoal soap and natural deodorant

Using charcoal soap in conjunction with natural deodorant can enhance your body odour control regimen.  The charcoal soap creates a clean slate for the natural deodorant to do its work with lasting protection against odour throughout the day. This combo ensures that your skin stays fresh and bacteria-free, while also benefiting from the nourishing ingredients found in natural deodorants. 

In case you are not aware, body odour is actually caused by the off-gassing from the bacteria living under your arms!  Isn't the human body amazing.

Some people use a charcoal detox paste when they are transitioning from aluminium and synthetic deodorants to natural deodorants.  For those that experience some irritation from natural deodorant, it could be due to the bi carb soda.  Choose a bicarb free deodorant

For those unsure about whether natural deodorant will work, we have amazing five star helpful reviews on most of our deodorants, giving you confidence that they have worked effectively for others.


How to make armpits smell good even without deodorant

Regular use of charcoal soap can help keep armpits clean and bacteria-free. Additionally, maintaining good hygiene and using natural remedies like bicarb soda (baking soda), coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar can help.


Product reviews

1. Raw Nature Armpit Detox Charcoal Soap Bar

About: Designed specifically for the armpits, this bar removes odour-causing bacteria and deodorant residue. It's a natural antibacterial detox bar.

Ingredients: Sodium oleate, sodium stearate, sodium cocoate, aqua, glycerin, activated charcoal, lavandula angustifolia oil, mentha piperita oil, sodium chloride, butyrospermum parkii butter, prunus amygdalus dulcis oil, pyrus malus fruit extract, tetrasodium iminodisuccinate, leptospermum scoparium oil.

Why it’s great: Its targeted formula makes it perfect for armpit use, providing deep detoxification and a fresh, clean feeling.


2. Beauty & the Bees Charcoal Soap Bar - Activated Charcoal, Honey, Vinegar

About: This handmade, chemical-free soap bar is rich in plant and nut oils and herbs. Bamboo charcoal helps to clear, smooth, and improve skin condition.

Ingredients: Coconut oil, olive fruit oil, water, beeswax, soybean wax, activated charcoal powder, anise seed essential oil, apple cider vinegar, peppermint essential oil, sodium lactate, honey, liquorice extract, nettle powder, seaweed extract.

Why it’s great: The combination of honey and charcoal provides both moisturizing and detoxifying benefits, making it ideal for improving skin texture and reducing odour.


3. Dindi Naturals Charcoal Soap

About: This large, chunky soap is perfect for those who need a thorough cleanse. It contains charcoal, clay, and a blend of uplifting and purifying essential oils, along with moisturising, vitamin-rich plant oils. Free from palm oil, synthetic colours, and fragrances.  Like all our charcoal soaps, this is made in Australia.

Ingredients: Macadamia oil, rice bran oil, hazelnut oil, castor oil, pure essential oils of rosemary, fennel, sweet orange, lemongrass, cedarwood, pink grapefruit, and tea tree, activated bamboo charcoal, clay.

Why it’s great: The combination of charcoal and essential oils makes this soap highly effective at removing odour and leaving the skin feeling refreshed and moisturised.


4. Australian Natural Soap Company Charcoal Face Cleanser Bar - Oily Skin

About: This facial cleanser bar is designed to smooth, tone, and balance the skin, featuring activated charcoal and tea tree oil. It’s palm oil-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.

Ingredients: Olive oil, tea tree leaf oil, activated charcoal.

Why it’s great: While designed for the face, this bar's powerful ingredients make it a great option for tackling odour and maintaining clear skin anywhere on the body.



What are the benefits of using charcoal soap? Charcoal soap helps absorb impurities, toxins, and odour-causing bacteria, deeply cleanses the skin, and balances skin pH, making it effective in reducing body odour and improving skin health.

Can activated charcoal be used as a deodorant? Activated charcoal can help absorb sweat and neutralise odour, making it a useful ingredient in natural deodorants, but can not be used alone.  It would be extremely messy!

Can charcoal detox armpits? Yes, charcoal can help detoxify armpits by drawing out toxins, bacteria, and deodorant residue, resulting in fresher-smelling underarms.

What products make you smell good all day? Products like natural deodorants combined with natural bar soaps can help maintain a pleasant body odour throughout the day.  We recommend then using a natural perfume that is free from synthetic fragrance to avoid the fake chemical smell.

What is the best soap for body odour? Charcoal soaps, such as Dindi Naturals Charcoal Soap and Raw Nature Armpit Detox Charcoal Soap Bar, are highly effective in reducing body odour.

Can I use charcoal soap every day? Yes, charcoal soap is gentle enough for daily use and can help maintain clean and fresh-smelling skin.

What to do after using charcoal soap? After using charcoal soap, rinse thoroughly and follow up with a moisturiser if needed to keep your skin hydrated.

Does charcoal soap tighten skin? Charcoal soap can help tighten pores and improve skin texture, giving a firmer appearance.

Is charcoal soap good for aging skin? Charcoal soap can benefit aging skin by removing impurities and improving skin tone, but it should be combined with moisturising products for optimal results.  Read more here about how charcoal soap is good for your skin.

Is charcoal soap good for hair? Charcoal soap can be used on hair to detoxify the scalp and remove buildup, but it should be followed by a conditioner to maintain moisture.

What is the difference between a detox paste and a charcoal soap? a charcoal detox paste is more of an intensive treatment for specific areas, while charcoal soap offers a convenient way to incorporate the benefits of activated charcoal into your daily hygiene routine.


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