REVIEW | Beauty Formulas Activated Charcoal Detox Cleanser

The notion of adding charcoal into skincare products I believe is to clear impurities out of the skin as charcoal has the ability to sort of ‘lock on’ the dirts so adding the element into facial cleanser supposedly can help to not only cleanse the skin but also to detoxify the pores in order to achieve clear and smooth skin.

The reason why I’d initially used this Activated Charcoal Detox Cleanser from Beauty Formulas in the first place is to find a gentle, charcoal-containing skincare product to give my dehydrated normal to oily skin a sort of deep cleansing especially these days my skin is feeling a little bit congested due to wearing face masks most of the time.

What You Need to Know:

This cleanser supposedly able to restore clarity of the skin as it cleanses away makeup, residues and excess oil. It’s also a low pH cleanser, charcoal-containing therefore can help preventing blackheads formation.

How to Use:

  1. Wet hands, dispense about 2cm of the product and then foam up by adding water to it.
  2. Apply the foam onto your face, massage gently especially around the eye area. Rinse off thoroughly.

Capacity: 150ml. About 3 months of daily use.

Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate / Cocoate, Charcoal Powder, Tocopherol Acetate, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum contains: Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool), Citric Acid, Sodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone.


As shown above, the product comes within a tube with a nice cap; originally not sealed unlike Korean facial cleansers that I’m familiar with.

There’s full product description at the back of the tube both in English for your reference.

There’s no Manufacturing Date or Expiry Date printed at the top part of the tube like other products but there’s Batch Code that I haven’t got the chance to check with the distributor on how to read it yet. 


The gel cleanser is black yet almost transparent thanks to charcoal powder and once mixed with some water, it lathers into lightweight foam with slight bubbles even for small amount of product but it feels so gentle on skin when I actually used a bubble maker as shown in the first photo above.

It is easy to rinse off in a sense that it is not too soapy so it takes less time and water provided that you use an appropriate amount to wash your whole facial area.

I’ve got to say that while the scent is pleasant to most, it’s quite overwhelming and I personally would rather have little to no fragrance in my skincare products.


While I think most of the claims that this cleanser being true; it’s gel type that feels gentle even on my most dehydrated skin days, my skin feels very clean but without tautness and it doesn’t irritate my overall facial area however I also felt my already dehydrated skin becoming even drier as I use this cleanser solely in my evening cleansing routine and I’m guessing it is due to the presence of Sodium Laureth Sulfate in the cleanser itself.

Overall, I give this foam cleanser 3/5. I can surely use it on my regular skin days but definitely going to avoid it during my sensitive skin days. I do think this kind of cleanser suits oily skin better as it can help absorb the excess oil and with proper hydrators like Hyaluronic Acid, hydration level on skin definitely can be balanced that way.

Looking at the ingredients list, there are several allergens spotted in there so if you are more on sensitive skin, I’d rather avoid this cleanser so yes, YMMV.

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