Activated Charcoal | IN THE ROUGH

Revered in Japan since the Edo period, Binchotan Charcoal is a natural way to purify, cleanse, and improve the quality of your daily life. Our Binchotan Charcoal is made the time-tested way in its birthplace, the Kishu region of Japan in the Wakayama Prefecture

Beyond purifying water, Binchotan Charcoal can be used to detoxify skin, purify air (much like a box of baking soda), whiten teeth, and can even be added to your rice cooker to improve its flavor! Our premium Binchotan can be further refined and has been integrated into our line of Binchotan beauty and wellness products, so you can feel the benefits of activated charcoal right on your skin. 

To activate our Binchotan charcoal, skilled artisans burn branches of Ubame Oak (an exceptionally hard tree native to the Wakayama Prefecture) in traditional kilns at low temperatures. Towards the end of the kilning process, they are blasted with heat and starved of oxygen until they glow white hot and reach roughly 2300°F before being rapidly cooled and smothered with ash. Binchotan is often called "white charcoal" because of this ash cooling.

The technique turns the branches into pure carbon, making the glass-like charcoal extremely porous. Activation greatly increases the surface area of the branches, allowing the charcoal to chemically adhere to and neutralize the toxins and contaminants commonly found in tap water. 


Before using, rinse the charcoal sticks under running water and gently brush to remove excess ash. Bring a pot of water to a boil and allow the sticks to boil for 10 minutes. The charcoal is now ready to use!

The sticks should be reactivated by boiling every 2-3 weeks. They will begin to lose their effectiveness around 3 months of use and should be replaced.

Submerge desired amount of Binchotan Charcoal Sticks into a gallon of water. The charcoal will release alkali ions to increase the water's pH, release natural minerals, and absorb unwanted chemicals from the water. 1/4 Lb is perfect for a gallon of water!

Add Binchotan Charcoal to a rice pot or steamer filled with water. The far infrared rays released by the charcoal during cooking will retain the taste of the food and eliminate any unpleasant flavors. *Although it is often used for grilling (and is essential for life-changing Yakitori), we do not recommend using our Binchotan as a fuel. 

Binchotan Charcoal works great as a deodorizer. Place charcoal pieces inside your fridge or cabinets, and the charcoal will absorb airborne odor-causing molecules and bacteria. They will also absorb moisture, helping to combat dampness and mold in a closet or drawer. Just be sure to regularly let the sticks air out in direct sunlight.

Recycle your used charcoal by re-purposing it as soil compost. Break a stick into bits and place them into soil to help stimulate natural growth and nitrogen production. The tiny pores in the charcoal help aerate the soil, increasing microbial activity and creating healthy natural soil for your beloved plants. 




Binchotan charcoal can be ground into a powder and infused into beauty and wellness products to bring those same purifying qualities into your daily routine. Any product made with Binchotan charcoal acquires the same amazing natural qualities, such as repelling odors, soothing the skin, and even helping you sleep better at night. 

Scrub Towel: Charcoal's antibacterial properties repel mold and mildew growth on textiles that in take a lot of water, like towels or washcloths. 

Cleansing Mask: Charcoal naturally draws out excess oil and impurities from the skin, preventing breakouts and deeply cleansing pores.
Shaving Gel: Like coconut or olive oil, moisturizing charcoal is a great natural shaving option for sensitive skin.  

Oil Blotting Paper: Charcoal absorbs excess oil, dirt, and other impurities from your pores with the touch of a single sheet of paper, keeping your complexion clean and shine-free on the go.

Soap: If you have dry skin, using charcoal soap can be a natural, gentler alternative to harsh chemical cleansers. When used routinely, it can also help ward off acne and redness.

Eye Mask:  Wearing an eye mask woven with charcoal can help relieve fatigue by easing tension around the eyes. Binchotan charcoal retains heat, and distributes it throughout your eye area while you sleep, relaxing your facial muscles and ensuring you wake up well-rested. 

Toothbrush: Brushing with loose charcoal may have become a popular alternative to whiten teeth, but using a toothbrush with charcoal bristles can keep your routine even cleaner. Charcoal toothbrushes deodorize the mouth, helping to prevent bad breath and remove plaque, working with toothpaste to neutralize impurities and germs from your gums. 

Air Purifier: Charcoal's purifying properties aren't limited to water! Purifiers made with charcoal pull odors, pollutants and humidity from small enclosed spaces like refrigerators, closets, and bathrooms without using electricity or external fragrances.