Japanese Charcoal Soap: Binchotan Soap


Japanese charcoal soap is incredibly popular and loved for its numerous benefits. Japanese charcoal (also known as binchotan) is super absorbent, which allows it to draw out impurities. When used in soap, it helps to detoxify, exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize. The list below covers the top brands and includes the most popular charcoal soap, the soap with the highest ratings and the facial soap with its own cult following!

Japanese Charcoal Soap

Max Kishu Binchotan Charcoal Soap
1. Max Kishu Binchotan Charcoal Soap

Japanese: マックス 紀州備長炭 炭石けん

This charcoal soap is possibly the bestselling Japanese soap on Amazon and has pretty staggering ratings to match. Many customers using this product report improvements with acne, eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions. Charcoal helps to extract skin impurities and treat oily skin, by exfoliating and moisturizing the body. The soap has a relaxing scent of hinoki, Japanese cypress. Produced by Max Corporation and sold as a single bar or two soap pack, distributed by Sumi Haigou.
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Pelican Deitanseki Clay and Charcoal Facial Soap
2. Pelican Soap Deitanseki (Peat Stone) Soap

Japanese: ペリカン石鹸 泥炭石

Pelican Soap are another infamous brand in Japan and this product has its own cult following too. This soap contains charcoal to remove sebum and clay (bentonite) to keep the skin clean and moisturised. It creates a foamy lather, has a relaxing cypress scent and lasts a long time.
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3. Hinoki Deitanseki Face Wash Soap (Clear Type)

Japanese: ひのき泥炭石 洗顔石けん すっきりタイプ

Check out the reviews, people love this product. This Japanese charcoal soap is the most popular item by Hinoki Deitanseki, a company based in Shizuoka. Their range includes soaps for various skin types, this one is the ‘clear type’ and is recommended for people with oily to normal skin. The soap contains natural ingredients such as medicinal charcoal, bentonite (clay), kaolin (clay mineral), papain (a moisturizing ingredient extracted from papaya) and pure hinoki oil (for its antibacterial and relaxing effects). It gently washes the skin, removing makeup, dead skin and sebum. The hinoki smells incredible too!
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Hinoki Kurocha Beauty Bar Soap
4. Pelican Hinoki Kurocha Soap

Japanese: ひのき黒茶石けん

There are a serious lack of reviews for this soap, which is much loved in Japan. It contains matcha (green tea), charcoal, mineral mud and hot spring water. It creates a rich foam (it often includes a foaming net) and is both super moisturizing and highly absorbent (for withdrawing impurities). Also produced by Pelican Soap.
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Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Facial Soap
5. Morihata Binchotan Charcoal Facial Soap

Morihata is a Philadelphia based company that specialise in sharing Japanese lifestyle goods that are crafted with intention. Their charcoal facial soap is designed to moisturize, detoxify and absorb impurities from pores. The soap minimizes the need for harsh cleansers and is suitable for all skin types, including dry and/or sensitive skin. Produced in Wakayama, Japan.
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Pelican ForBack Medicated Body Soap for Acne
6. Pelican For Back Medicated Body Soap for Acne

Japanese: ペリカン石鹸薬用石鹸 ForBack

And last on this list is a rather specialised product, a medicated soap that contains charcoal and is designed to help reduce back acne. Many people absolutely swear by this soap, and use it not only on their backs. If targeting your back, highly recommend pairing this with a body towel like this to make it easy to reach. For Back is also produced by Pelican Soap and has a herbal citrus fragrance. It can be purchased as a single bar, two soap or three soap pack.
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