Charcoal Scrub Review | Activated Charcoal with Nourishing Nutrients

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Honest Product Review for Claribelskincare's Charcoal Face Scrub

This review is for the activated charcoal scrub which is labeled as Clarifying Scrub with Glacial Clay, Charcoal and Bearberry.  The product introduction explains that with this natural scrub you can expect to “Clarify skin, reduce breakouts and acne scarring discoloration with rare and effective ingredients like glacial clay, dead sea mud, activated charcoal and bearberry.”

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My Personal Skin Care Story

Hi Everyone, I’m Asina Rhee, a natural skin care blogger living in southern California, home of gorgeous palm trees and spectacular oceanside drives. 

I started my skin care journey a long time ago when I experienced severe acne breakouts and cystic acne.  It was very hard to manage, and it seemed with every product I tried, it would draw out my volatile acne more. 

Most products I tried created more of a problem for my skin, until I discovered natural based products with primarily plant based ingredients.  For a long period of time, I tried (what seemed like) hundreds of options that big box stores would offer, but most of those options were not agreeing with my skin.  Sometimes they would create such a bad reaction, that I didn’t want to leave my house for days. 

Once I discovered some quality natural brands, my life and my skin changed.  It can be very disheartening to struggle with unsightly acne, people often have a hard time seeing past how ugly it can be.  But the gentle, natural products I’ve discovered along the way have changed all of that.  My blog contains some valuable reviews and recommendations for products that I’m sure your find life changing, too.  As I age, I’m sure the kinds of natural skin care products I pursue will change, but the goal will always be the same:  primarily plant based natural products to bring out our inner beauty.

I hope you enjoy my honest review, and that it benefits you on your own journey to find natural products to benefit your skin.

Product Packaging

The glass jar I received had a sturdy black lid and a recycled plastic liner to keep the product from getting all over the inside of the top of the lid, which was a nice feature.  I hate digging my finger around the inside of the lid to obtain the product, and you definitely can avoid this with this packaging feature.

Claribelskincare notes that their labels are recycled paper with vegan based inks.  The label held up quite well with use and I appreciate that I’m not using something with a plastic label or inks that are not earth friendly.

The charcoal scrub jar was filled almost all the way to the top, higher than most brands, which I appreciated.  Always looking to get the most for my money.

On a separate note here, I do want to point out that free shipping in the US is a huge attraction, and Claribel has offered free shipping in the US for years.  It makes purchasing online pain free and very easy.

Product Texture, Look, Feel & Smell

The product is a smooth, thick cream like texture, with a medium grayish hue due to the activated charcoal ingredient.  I’m sure the glacial clay ingredient also contributes to that natural color.   After taking a thick scoop of the product, you can easily feel the very small microscopic grit texture than helps create that beautiful smooth texture on your skin when you’re done.  

This charcoal scrub smells very light and subtle, with hints of rose, earth, and lavender.  This felt like a real treat for my skin.  I have had a few pretty bad acne scars and this product has been a significant reason why I could reduce those.  They are now smoother and more evenly colored, versus the scarring discoloration that is often associated with acne scars.  My skin looks much better.

I love to use this scrub a couple of times a week.  After washing my face, while it is still damp with water, work a small dollop of this product between my fingers and apply to my cheek area, moving upward and outward, around my face with gentle circular motions.  There is a lot of gentle scrubbing action within that small dollop, so you do not need a lot of product.  I make sure to do this for a couple of minutes.  I want to give these plant extracts a chance to penetrate my skin, and I absolutely love how experience is the unique combination of refreshing but also nourishing. 

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Results & Opinion

I have purchased this product a few times and will definitely continue to buy it as long as it’s available.  They offer a 1.3 ounce “try me size” jar of the product for $16 US dollars, and they offer a 2.4 ounce jar for $32 US dollars.  I consider it a very fair price for something that leaves my skin feeling like I received an expensive spa treatment.  They jar  can easily last me at least a month, and I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on my skin since I’ve started using it.

Original Full Product Page Description

Our activated charcoal face scrub is an ideal way to keep skin clear and equally nourished with a multitude of nutrients and minerals.

Formulated with activated charcoal, bentonite and glacial clays, mineral rich dead sea mud and dead sea salt, bearberry and willow bark.  

Perfect for polishing away dead skin, flakes and bumps, leaving you with clearer, more vibrant, healthier skin.  

Completely free of parabens, sulfates, and chemicals. 


  • Smooth Skin Naturally
  • Organic Fruit & Botanical Extracts
  • Chemical Free, Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Cruelty Free


Apply our activated charcoal face scrub to wet clean skin and massage for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Made fresh the day you place your order.

All orders ship free in the US.

Chemical free, synthetic free, paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free. Organic and earth derived ingredients. Made with love, one order at a time.


Acer Saccharinum (Organic Sugar Maple) Extract, Activated Charcoal, Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Aluminum Oxide Crystals, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Distillate, Bearberry Extract, Bentonite Clay, (Vaccinium Myrtillus (Organic Bilberry) Extract, Citric Acid, Citrus auranium dulcis (Organic Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus medica limonum (Organic Lemon) Extract, Organic Coconut Shell Powder, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Organic Cranberry) Extract, Dead Sea Mud, Dead Sea Salt, Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), Elderberry Extract, Glacial Clay, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Protein, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Distillate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Panthenol (Provitamin B5), Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Rose Damascena (Rose) Distillate, Rosemary Essential Oil, Salix alba (White Willow Bark) Extract, Saccharum officinarum (Organic Sugar Cane) Extract, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea  Tree) Essential Oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E)


Some key ingredients important to highlight in this charcoal scrub:

Activated Charcoal:  Activated charcoal is porous and able to adsorb impurities and oil.  It has skin purifying and balancing properties especially on sensitive skin. 

Bearberry Extract:  Offers a variety of medicinal benefits but is mainly known for it’s anti inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant qualities. It’s wonderful for acne care, as it has astringent and disinfectant qualities, and kills the bacteria that causes acne. It contains a few sought after ingredients Allantoin (wound healing), Arbutin (natural lightening), Betulinic Acid (improves elasticity and cancer preventative), Ellagic Acid (natural lightening and antioxidant).

Dead Sea Mud:  Incredibly mineral rich and strong ability to heal. Well known for killing acne causing bacteria.

Glacial Clay:  One of the rarest and purest clays in the world, Glacial Clay is 100% natural sourced from a deposit that has recently been discovered in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. Comprised of nontronite, illite and kaolin clays, Glacial Clay was gradually formed over the span of millions of years from the continuous striking of ancient glacial ice with volcanic ash. Green nontronite is a rare, mineral-rich clay that belongs to the smectite group of clay minerals.  Glacial Clay rejuvenates dull skin, improves its appearance, helps to balance skin tone and leaves the skin feeling softer yet firmer.

Tree Oil:  Has the strong ability to kill the bacteria that causes acne. It is an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral.

Willow Bark:  Naturally derived and contains the natural version of salicylic acid. Promotes cell turnover, exfoliation, acne prevention, and the reduction of wrinkles.

Medical Studies and Supportive References

Researchers have reported that activated charcoal can help draw microparticles, such as dirt, dust, chemicals, toxins, and bacteria, to the surface of the skin, to make removing them easier. 

An Interesting Fact About Activated Charcoal (Don't try this at home)

Activated charcoal can help in some emergency poisonings or drug overdoses. If you get it into your system within an hour, it can trap some of the toxins and keep your body from absorbing them. An ER doctor might give it to you through a feeding tube, which goes down your throat and into your stomach. But it isn’t a cure-all. Charcoal doesn’t seem to help clear acid, iron, lithium, alcohols, alkali, or toxins in gasoline from the body.


I do highly recommend this product which is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin like mine.  It’s a lovely experience to use, and you will feel incredibly pampered after you use it.  It’s a guarantee your skin will looking fresh and glowing, and have gorgeous color and vibrancy.

Asina Rhee | Natural Skin Care Blogger & Enthusiast