Ch-ch-ch-charcoal

Sing the title of this post in tune to Bowie’s “Changes”

I judged and purchased this product purely based on its aesthetic. I love how simple it is. Clear plastic bottle, white label, black clear font, pump. Chic and minimalist perfection! The brand is Morihata, and the product is a multi purpose Binchotan Charcoal Cleansing Mask. Binchotan charcoal is a type of Japanese charcoal (also known as Japanese white charcoal) that is extra fine and is superbly efficient at absorbing impurities. In Japan, it can be added to the pot of water while cooking rice to get rid of any residues in tap water that might give the rice a metallic taste. A chunk of Binchotan charcoal can be added to a vessel of drinking water in order to purify it as well. 

Anyway, back to the product. It’s a facial cleanser (claims to remove makeup as well) and mask. It’s consistency is similar to that of a light oil. It’s emollient and light, and glides on dry skin with ease.  When I use it as a cleanser, I massage it in my palms with a bit of water before applying it to my face. Surprisingly, it does remove makeup efficiently and it leaves my skin feeling nourished and clean. It does not bode well for eye makeup, though. It makes my eyes sting – so tread carefully. I have remedied this by removing eye makeup with an eye makeup remover (I'm currently using a Neutrogena one) and then cleansing with this cleanser.

When I use it as a mask, again it leaves my skin super clean without looking or feeling dry. Pores look tighter and any signs of congested pores are minimized. I have left this mask on for about 20 minutes and it does not get dry and crumbly at all, which I like.

I think this is an excellent product to try out this summer if you’re feeling adventurous. It’s suitable for all skin types (even sensitive ones, as it contains zero fragrance or soap) and it’s a lovely multitasker to have on hand. Just don’t forget your eye makeup remover on the side :)

Morihata’s Binchotan Facial Cleansing Mask can be found at Urban Outfitters, BeautyHabit.com or Amazon. If you’re near Ann Arbor, Michigan – I purchased this product at Lily Grace Spa. It retails for $48 USD.

Have you tried anything with Binchotan charcoal before?