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Charcoal Toothpaste Exists, Guys…& It’s Magical

The Skinny Confidential talks charcoal toothpaste.

Remember when I did that full blown post on charcoal pills?

Wellll a lot of you lovely readers recommended charcoal toothpaste.

These recommendations sounded like the smartest thing on the planet because activated charcoal whitens things AND it’s natural.

Screw chemical filled toothpaste, right? I feel like I got over the Crest, Colgate, Aquafresh thing years ago when I switched to Tom’s all-natural toothpaste. BUT to be dead honest, Tom’s wasn’t really keeping my teeth the whitest of white.

So after reading some of your charcoal recommendations I figured I’d have to be the guinea pig & see how the whole charcoal toothpaste thing went.

Ready for the details?

Get ready because they’re game changing for your teeth…

The Skinny Confidential talks charcoal toothpaste.

Basically charcoal toothpaste is “a great, natural alternative for your entire family to promote healthy teeth & gums without toxic ( nasty-ass ) ingredients. It contains no synthetic additives, preservatives, foaming agents, fluoride, artificial colors or flavors, & no abrasive baking soda or salt. It’s uniquely formulated to clean and safely polish teeth, improve gum health and freshen breath.”

The one I like contains “no sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), no artificial colors, no artificial sweeteners (such as saccharine), and no fluoride.”

It does contain: activated bamboo charcoal: an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal powder that’s excellent for gum health & sensitive teeth. Other natural ingredients like bentonite clay, organic orris root powder, myrrh gum powder, organic hibiscus petal powder, organic stevia leaf powder, organic peppermint essential oil, & organic cinnamon extract.

Anyway, I’ve tried three different charcoal toothpastes & this one is by far my favorite ( not sponsored, just realness ). If you are looking for charcoal pills for these awesome benefits, check out this brand. It’s my favorite.

Here’s the deal: my teeth are SO much whiter. NO JOKE. Need some research on why? Here’s a little story for ya…according to this source:

“No chemical teeth whitening solution or product on the market comes close to the whitening and brightening action and power of Carbon. I remember a friend of mine, a Native American woman, told me one day how her teeth became and stayed so white. She told me accounts of when she was a little girl growing up, her father used to burn plant matter and after the plant burned to black ashes or became charred, the father would take the ash residue and give to his family and they would take a little on their finger and brush against their teeth. I used to always wonder how ancient people took care of their teeth without toothbrushes. But these people had Carbon, Miswak (or Peelu) and licorice sticks to use for oral hygiene. To use Carbon for your teeth, all you have to do is put a little toothpaste (a good brand of toothpaste, i.e., Peelu, Ayurveda, Nature’s Gate, Tom’s of Maine) on your toothbrush, then dip it in some Carbon, add just a little bit of water, and begin to brush. Your mouth will be black due to the Carbon and your sink may get messy, but one thing I can assure you, your teeth will get a good cleansing and a good shining. You would be wise to avoid using any and all commercial brands of toothpaste as they are all poisonous and toxic and contain harmful ingredients such as sodium fluoride ( a major ingredient in rat poison ),propylene glycol ( used in engine degreaser ), sodium laurel sulfate, saccharin ( a known carcinogen ), and harmful petroleum-based dyes ( red lake & blue lake ), also reported to be carcinogenic.”

No substance removes acidic plaque from the teeth like Carbon. It will greatly clean your teeth and help to remove stains on the teeth ( especially stains derived from drinking coffee ).

Need more info? Ok, read this:

“I did some research and found out that even though it temporarily makes the mouth look extremely black (see picture!) it has the same effect as it does when ingested: it pulls toxins from the mouth and removes stains. (Fair warning: when you open your mouth, it is completely black and rather scary looking! Right after I did this the first time I was intensely worried that it would stain my teeth!) To my surprise, all of the black washes away and it makes your teeth feel extremely clean and smooth. After a few uses, my teeth were noticeably whiter too (you can sort of tell in the picture … the lighting didn’t do it justice!). Further research I’ve done on this showed that activated charcoal can actually be helpful in changing the pH and health of the mouth, and as such is effective in preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis. For this reason, I now suggest and use it as part of my remineralizing protocol for teeth, along with my remineralizing toothpaste.”

I use it for two minutes when I brush my teeth & gums, twice a day. I like to brush my teeth in the shower so it doesn’t stain the sink too. Is that weird? Afterwards my mouth feels insanely clean! Pearly whites to the max. LOVE.

If any of you have been using charcoal toothpaste for a while, weigh in! What’s your experience been like? Personally, I’m obsessed & will never go back to old white toothpaste.

Until next time, x lauryn

The Skinny Confidential talks charcoal toothpaste.


  1. Awesome! I have been using
    toms for years, but beig a heavy coffee and tea drinker, my teeth need a little brightening every so often. I’ve been using capsules of activated charcoal sprinkled on my
    Toothbrush or finger and it’s a MESS! Like, almost not worth it. I have to stub the sink and my hands afterward and it’s hard to come clean! SO buying this and possibly even brushing in the shower now too… But I hate cleaning the shower even more so we’ll see… haha
    Thanks for the tip!

  2. THANK YOU, for this post! I eat healthy, mostly vegan, organic and non-GMO, and I am very aware of what goes into my body as well as on it. However, toothpaste was something that I never paid attention to at all. I would have never guessed it contains some not so wonderful ingredients! I’m so excited to try this!

  3. I am dying to try this toothpaste! After your suggestion about charcoal pills I tried them and it cures tummy troubles in about 10 minutes unlike Pepto or anything I’ve ever tried!! I also tried 4 charcoal pills after a night of heavy drinking and it CURED my hangover! I was at work feeling like I had nothing to drink the night before. Thanks, Lauryn!!! 🙂

  4. Is it staining your shower at all? I worry using it will stain things and then be not worth it.


  5. I am dying to try this toothpaste! After your suggestion about charcoal pills I tried them and it cures tummy troubles in about 10 minutes unlike Pepto or anything I’ve ever tried!! I also tried 4 charcoal pills after a night of heavy drinking and it CURED my hangover! I was at work feeling like I had nothing to drink the night before. Thanks, Lauryn!!! 🙂

  6. Hmmm I was super intrigued by your charcoal post and am going to seriously order this right now! I also tried switching my Crest toothpaste for something simpler but it just wasn’t worth sacrificing the white-ness (so glad to have found someone equally obsessed with it!). Do you have any red wine tooth stain tricks?


  7. Be VERY careful with Charcoal pills and toothpaste!! People don’t realize how dangerous it is! Charcoal binds to everything in its path including all the good things fighting in your body to protect itself. The tooth whitening market is a billion dollar industry, so if it was fully safe and effective, the big brands would be using it.

  8. Do you know where else this product can be bought? The estimated delivery date from Amazon isn’t until mid July!

  9. I recently got prescribed a high percentage of fluoride toothpaste from my dentist to prevent cavities. Its a prescription Colgate toothpaste from the pharmacy. I told her fluoride is bad for you but she says it’s good for your teeth. Maybe I’ll incorporate charcoal tooth paste as well for whitening. I hope the fluoride isn’t too bad for the body!

  10. I’m interested to try this but a little worried about the taste. I don’t like using whitening toothpaste but like the overall whitening effects, so I think this could be a good alternative for me though. Thanks!

  11. Hi Lauren, I absolutely love charcoal toothpaste, however I have to disagree with you on using one without flouride. Credentials – dentist graduated from the university of birmingham in 2013.
    The enamel in your teeth is made up of crystals called hydroxyapatite, and you get tooth decay by dietary sugar acids dissolving those crystals. Flouride from toothpaste is incorporated into the hydroxyapatite to create a new larger, more stable crystal called flourohydroxyapatite. This larger crystal is harder and stronger, and is much more resistant to acid attacks from dietary sugar acids, reducing the risk of tooth decay.

    Obviously just my two cents, feel free to make your own decisions though!

    Aarti x

    1. Very interesting!! I will definitely do some more research on this. I am always learning & definitely don’t know everything so I love when you guys have extra info : ). Keep it coming, Aarti! x

  12. First tampons go out the window for the Diva Cup, now this…my husband thinks I’m so weird now 🙂

  13. Although the toothpaste does not contain “abrasive baking soda or salt” it DOES contain abrasive charcoal. The way it’s working to whiten your teeth is literally sanding away layers of enamel to reveal whiter teeth underneath. Not worth it!!

  14. Lauryn, I am going to try this immediately!! I need some serious tooth whitening help, since I haven’t done it since high school when I used the white strips. Also – I just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS on the launch of the bombshell body plan!! It has always been my dream to organize everything I know about fitness into something people can use everyday…with a spin on protecting your joints etc. I’m beyond excited for you!! XOX

    1. Thank you Jill!! E-mail me when you can I have a question for you! xx

  15. I live in Japan and had been importing my toothpaste. I just ran out though so I went shopping for something new and local. I was surprised how many charcoal toothpastes are sold here! The one I bought isn’t as concentrated as this, it looks more like cookies and cream with chunks of charcoal instead of black paste. It has a floral mint flavor and I am enjoying it. I’m so excited about it I actually have been brushing my teeth more often than normal! Even if it brightens my smile just a little, I’ll be happy.

  16. When I first saw the title of this post I thought… what is this about! Straight away I was picturing black toothpaste and that was before I scrolled down and saw the imnage you had put. It’s a great post and good that you have included the ingredients that is in the paste. I think I can vouch for everyone who has commented or reads this post we all want pearly white teeth and we have all tried and still use toothpaste with added teeth whitening in it and we never get results. When I was reading through and I read the part when you said it does make your teeth/mouth all black, can you imagine if it did stay like that for a while and evetually wore off, it’s a good job you did mention that it doesn’t stay.
    Does it have a bad taste? Can you still use orginary tooth paste with this?

    1. I don’t think it tastes bad but I’m weird!! You can mix the toothpastes if you want. The black part washes off easy! x

  17. I will give it ago see how I like it. It probably doesn’t taste bad but I just thought I would ask. I know some toothpastes I hate the taste of and they are strong and feel like they are burning my tongue.

  18. I’ve tried the charcoal capsules too, but the toothpaste seems so much more convenient. I definitely think I’m gonna try it! Does it stain the bristles of your toothbrush?

  19. I have heard of using activated charcoal as a method of whitening teeth but did not know that a charcoal toothpaste existed. This is definitely new to me but it sounds like a great idea because it whitens teeth without toxic ingredients. We will have to give it a try. Thanks.

  20. I know this post is a little dated now, but I was curious if you’re still using the Twin Lotus toothpaste. I don’t know if the ingredients have changed, but looking at the packaging on the Amazon link, it does NOT appear to contain many of the ingredients you listed: bentonite clay, organic orris root powder, myrrh gum powder, organic hibiscus petal powder, organic stevia leaf powder, or organic cinnamon extract, and it DOES indeed contain sodium saccharin. Just an FYI for anyone else who stumbles on this post looking for toothpaste reviews!

  21. I ordered this off of eBay for around $10. About a year ago I trued the charcoal powder and that was a MESS! It did seem to work some, but hardly worth turning everything black!! Now this Twin Lotus is AMAZING. It tastes fresh and absolutely whitens and brightens my smile! I use about 3x a week!

  22. Carbon and charcoal are known carcinogens as well. But this is a great way to clean your mouth it seems and I am going to try it out.

    1. You Can Buy Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste Here For Only $14.95:

  23. Does anyone have any recommendations for HOW to use it? I have the Sumigaki Japanese Charcoal Toothpaste arriving in a couple days via Amazon and I’m trying to know *everything* about how to use it correctly to get optimal cleany-freshy-whitey for my teeth!

  24. I have read that over time …the activated charcoal ends up destroying tooth enamel. Several dentists have written about this . Maybe they’re trying to protect their own interests.
    I have started using a charcoal activated toothpaste and my teeth feel so much cleaner and smoother. But I am concerned with long term use. Are you able to confirm either way .

  25. Sounds impressive and they sell something like it in my town. However will the whitening effect work on teeth stained by medicine taken as a young child. My experience no matter what products I’ve used could not whiten my teeth. They are permanently a yellow grey. If this product can go into the enamel and lighten the teeth I would buy a case of it!

  26. I started using the charcoal toothpaste from Japan the other day.
    It has a lot of fake stuff in it. I can tell. I am careful not to swallow it and I always brush with Toms after I brush with it (if only to remove the nasty taste from my mouth).
    I am going to try this kind next as it is far more natural.

  27. You Can Buy Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Toothpaste Here For Only $14.95:

  28. I used peroxide based solutions in the past and they stripped my enamel something horrible. I almost ruined by teeth. Then, I started using activated charcoal like this brand and it worked great and did not harm my teeth. Remember, it takes time and patience but it will definately work.

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  30. Hey man, thanks for the post, actually i am also using activated charcoal toothpaste for more than 5 years and it seems to me very nice, i also read its positive review and other details at

  31. Activated charcoal is particularly effective at treating cases of drug overdose and poisoning as its porous surface adsorbs the harmful poison and toxins. What activated charcoal does is adsorption, which is different from absorption; its highly porous surface binds the toxins to itself and prevents them from being absorbed. It further aids in their elimination via the excretory system.

  32. This is great but I don’t think you’re supposed to brush with charcoal every day. It’s too abrasive and can damage your enamel. But it’s good to have this around so you can use it once a week since it’s much less messy than trying to mix it up yourself with charcoal powder. That stuff gets everywhere.

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