Herbivore Botanicals

Charcoal Bar Soap

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Size: 4 oz

Skin Type Combination, Normal, and Oily
Skin Goals Acne-Clearing, and Detoxifying
  • Bamboo Charcoal absorbs oil and toxins
  • Tea Tree Oil kills bacteria
  • Targets acne from head to toe
Clear it up

Soak up the excess oil that fuels breakouts. Charcoal, a powerful (and safe) anti-acne skin hero, draws blemish-inducing toxins out like a magnet from deep within pores, while naturally exfoliating skin from head to toe.

Lather between hands with water, then apply generously to face and body. Gentle enough for every day.


Added bacteria-eliminating tea tree oil makes this soap ideal for cleaning up after working out (healthy times two).

Herbivore Botanicals

About The Brand

Herbivore’s husband-and-wife team select each ingredient in their line based on its proven therapeutic benefit. The result is highly effective, non-toxic, food-grade treatments with results you can see and feel.

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Customer Reviews

  • Calmed my skin

    Joy February 19, 2021

    This arrived just in time. I had some acne on my chin and cheek this past week. I used this on my face and neck and didn’t use any other products to see for sure if it helped any. Well, the next morning, my skin was much calmer – the redness was gone, the acne was diminished, and my skin wasn’t left feeling dry. I like the way this smells, too. I’m in my mid-40s so I’m glad I found something that works for me (I have oily skin).

  • Lovely, gentle soap

    Maria M. December 28, 2019

    This soap lathers well but isn’t drying. It has a mild, pleasant scent. Overall, a real pleasure to use.

  • Lovely but messy

    Shauna K. November 16, 2019

    LOVE this soap! It has really been a game changer in helping control my back and chest acne AND it seems to balance my skin. The only downside is the black residue it creates in the shower… silverlining to this is I’m definitely keeping up with cleaning my shower more! Have repurchased and will continue to repurchase.

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  • great bar of soap

    Emily E. October 31, 2019

    I’ve been using this soap for a couple of weeks now, and so far so good! I didn’t have any issues I was trying to fix with this bar of soap so there haven’t been any drastic changes since using it. The soap is slightly exfoliating and does not leave that sticky/filmy residue on my skin like many other soaps I have tried. My skin is not left dry or hydrated when using this soap, just normal seeming.

  • Leaves Skin Slightly Dry

    Trisha B. October 19, 2019

    It works well enough as a basic bar of soap, but it leaves the skin feeling a bit dry.

  • Really Nice Soap, Not Too Drying

    Carrie J. August 12, 2019

    I’ve been using this soap in the shower the past 2 weeks, and find it great for both face and body. Hardly any scent (I can’t tolerate strong fragrances) and seems to last a while, even though not a huge bar. Will probably be drying for skin that’s already dry, but works well for combination. I recommend! 🤗👍

  • Love this

    Rebecca J. June 19, 2019

    I use this bar in the shower and am loving it! It’s gentle, lathers well and I feel very clean after using it. I even got my husband using it!

  • Great bar

    Lauren K. May 06, 2019

    I use this for my body and love it. It’s helped my husband with some body acne and I love the color, smell, suds, and how I always feel clean with no residue afterward. Also, since having a baby strong fragrances have been a problem and this scent is light thankfully. A bit pricey but I regularly repurchase.

  • Nice & Clean

    Emma S. February 07, 2019

    Leaves my skin feeling nice and clean. It is not drying, which is nice. I used on my face and body.

  • Good for acne

    Annie K. December 14, 2018

    I am pretty active and workout most days, this has really helped tame the body acne I get from that. 4 stars bc it does run out quickly but I will be purchasing again.

  • Only facial cleanser I use

    Darcie P. December 10, 2018

    No matter the season, this is my go-to facial cleanser. It works well for combination skin and works really well on both face and eye makeup.

  • Love!

    Emma G. December 04, 2018

    Love the smell of this. Skin feels clean and has become clearer after use.

  • Reduceness redness

    Bella M. December 04, 2018

    I had never used a bar soap for a face wash and I am hooked. It has not completely eliminated my breakouts but it has taken out the redness. It compliments my other cleansers.

  • Great soap but doesn’t last long

    Laura M. October 07, 2018

    I purchased this soap for face and body use to help with mild acne. I do think it has helped clear my skin, but it vanishes very quickly.

  • Really nice

    Erin I. August 16, 2018

    A really nice basic cleanser. Leaves you feeling really clean, but not too squeaky. I only gave it 4 starts, because while I like it, I’m not sure how many skin benefits it gives beyond just cleansing.

  • Best for acne

    Elisabeth B. July 30, 2018

    Gentle on my sensitive skin, yet very effective. The most inexpensive charcoal soap I have found.

  • Ok - not really seeing results

    Sarah A. July 11, 2018

    I tried this charcoal bar to help with some back acne that I developed recently — a mix of pregnancy hormones and summer sweat under a sports bra I think. It leaves your skin feeling clean, but hasn’t helped at all with the acne unfortunately.

  • Not too dry!

    Meredith M. June 06, 2018

    I often found that charcoal soaps had an over drying effect – not this one! A lovely charcoal lather that isn’t too harsh.

  • Amazing!

    Sarah D. May 03, 2018

    Love this charcoal soap! I had some post partum acne/rash and this helped clear it up within two days. It my face feeling so clean. It can be drying but with a nice toner and the right serum it works great!

  • Great product

    Sydney N. April 26, 2018

    I really enjoy this bar. I’ve used it on my face as well as my body. It feels like I get the benefits of a mask and cleanser at the same time.

  • I love charcoal

    Natalie K. March 15, 2018

    Charcoal is a favorite in our bathroom as a means of detoxifying. I have not yet noticed a difference in my skin of my upper back (trying to get rid of post-yoga bacne). But hopeful that this will kickstart the process.

  • Smooth Clear Skin

    Meghan K. March 06, 2018

    I am mid-20’s and have combination skin. This bar keeps my skin clear, but can be drying. I love how smooth my skin feels after use.

  • Best bar soap

    Jacqueline S. January 31, 2018

    Really leaves a clean feeling and has helped with any minor blemishes that pop up!

  • Loving this product!

    Isabel H. January 19, 2018

    I’ve been using this product for a few weeks now and can definitely see and feel a difference! It leaves my skin feeling clean, but not dried out. I love the smell and how long it lasts.

    Also, it is super convenient to use the same bar for both face and body.

  • Love

    Emily R. January 16, 2018

    I love this soap! It makes my skin feel really clean and it’s not over drying! That’s typically my biggest concern in a face wash. I have sensitive, acne-prone & combination skin, so something that is simply JUST a face wash is ideal. I’ve tried “soap-free” and “acne clearing” face washes and they’ve ruined my skin. Yes it’s a little inconvenient being a bar of soap but that’s not enough to stop me from buying it again.

  • the best

    Heather F. October 25, 2017

    Favorite way to wash my face 100%

  • Use as a body soap

    Jennifer October 01, 2017

    I tried this and Farmaesthetics herbal cleanser for my face and preferred the latter. However, I really love this as a whole body soap. I started using this in lieu of the usual drugstore soap and I find that it does a better job cleaning. The tea tree oil is great for antibacterial properties and it’s also a natural bug repellant. I breakout on my neck, upper back, and chest, so this is great for blemished skin.

  • Obsessed

    Laura B. September 29, 2017

    I REALLY love this stuff. I feel like I get super clean whenever I use it. It won’t remove all your makeup like some cleansers, but it is really gentle and works really well for blemished skin.

  • LOVE

    Gina A. September 28, 2017

    This gets my skin so squeaky clean. LOVE IT!

  • Excellent facial soap

    Stephanie M. September 28, 2017

    I bought this soap to use in the shower as my daily facial bar. It is wonderful – not overly drying, balances the oil in my skin and sucks up extra. I haven’t noticed a positive difference in my skin – less blemishes and overall healthier glow.

  • Hard to store

    Sara N. September 28, 2017

    I wanted to love this more, but I just found it so difficult to store. I bought it to use on my back (where I get blemishes sometimes) in shower, and I couldn’t figure out a good place to keep it. I ended up switching to the Osea Mudd cleanser instead since it comes in a bottle with a pump.

  • Obsessed

    Catherine S. September 28, 2017

    For years, I had used Dove bar soap, then converted to Cetaphil bar soap, per the recommendation of my dermatologist. Neither product did anything for me, particularly for the occasional acne I get on my chest. This charcoal soap is a game changer. A little goes a long way, so it lasts forever. It doesn’t dry out my skin like other soaps. It smells delightful. Finally I feel good about what I’m using to cleanse my body daily.

  • Good soap, lasts forever

    Caitlin M. September 28, 2017

    I use this soap as my daily face wash, especially before bed. It has a nice squeaky clean feeling without drying. The charcoal has also helped tremendously with my acne prone skin.

    Pro tip – I usually chop up the bar into small cubes so it’s easier to take one to the gym, in my weekend bag, etc. It also helps make the bar last longer!

  • Acne miracle / Wish I could travel with it

    Sophia B. September 27, 2017

    I have been using a sample-size of this for a few weeks and I love how clean it makes my face feel. It deep cleans, controls oil and it smells amazing! The first time I used this it cleared several small blemishes overnight. A little bit really lasts forever – my quarter sized sample is still going strong and it has been over a month. Just make sure you have an extra soap dish handy and keep far away from eyes!!! I wish there was a salve version of this, as the bar is somewhat inconvenient to transfer from sink to shower and to take out of the house for travel.

  • Great for facial cleanser

    Alex August 18, 2017

    Switched to this for my facial cleanser. My skin tends to be a little more oily – so I wanted to try this bar. Skin feels soft after use and does not over dry which is great!

  • Won't Dry Your Skin Out!

    Rachel December 20, 2015

    I have been using this soap for a couple of months and am still loving it. I’ve tried several charcoal and mud soaps before, but this is the one that still leaves your skin feeling good. It cleanses well, but doesn’t leave your face feeling tight and dry. I think it’s definitely worth a try if your skin is a bit oily like mine.

  • Really good cost effective cleanser!

    Jesse February 21, 2015

    I started using this product in August 2014 and absolutely love it. I have combination skin (pretty oily/breakout prone at times), and this has definitely helped manage oil production and breakouts. It may be somewhat drying if used on already dry skin, but the coconut oil base is what I think really helped keep it from being overly drying, and my skin never dried out too much when I paired it with argan oil as a moisturizer. When I use it 2 times a day it lasts me about two months, which makes it one of the most cost effective cleansers I’ve used. I also like using bar soaps because they help eliminate waste. Overall great soap that I will definitely keep using!

  • Fantastic!

    Becky February 21, 2015

    Great cleanser that does the job without drying out your skin. I put one in my boyfriend’s stocking for X-Mas (like coal- hehe) and it has become the only soap bar product he said he’ll ever use.

  • Good for everyday use

    Flannery February 20, 2015

    I have really liked using the charcoal soap – it doesn’t dry my skin out like other bar soaps. I have it in a ‘soap saver’ pouch, which extends the life of the bar, and makes it slightly more exfoliating than just the bar alone. I had also been worried about any grey/black residue from using a charcoal product, but there’s no signs of it in my tub or on my bath towels, which is a relief!

  • So Multipurpose.

    Elizabeth November 24, 2014

    This soap smells great, perfect for gals or dudes. Works wonderfully to detox blemished skin and won’t dry you out!