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A facial cleanser made with activated charcoal might sound like an inflammatory idea, but vegan skincare and beauty line Shamanuti’s Activated Charcoal Cleanser fights fire with fire. Oxygen-treated carbon’s super-porous properties act like a magnet for impurities, drawing them out of your skin.

Though the wash resembles gray sludge, it goes on mostly clear, with the brightening and exfoliating properties of the charcoal washing away weary winter skin. It’s ideal for treating sensitive spots, rosacea, eczema or just banishing that patch of dry under-eye skin caused by cranked up radiators. You can also use the soot-inspired product as a deodorizing body wash or shaving cream. Just don’t try to use it to light your grill—we haven’t product tested for that yet.

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