Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Gel Facial Cleanser Review

I love trying new (natural) beauty products.  I have been washing my face with a charcoal or coconut soap once per day and doing the oil cleansing method about 3 times a week.  I do not use traditional, sulfate or chemical based face soaps or washes.  Anytime I can find a gentle, yet effective, nourishing facial care product, I am excited to put it to the test.  I am a frequent wearer of waterproof, felt tip liquid eyeliner and always wear the blackest mascara I can get my hands on.  So naturally I need something potent, yet pampering to my delicate eye area and face.  

I recently was sent a product from Michael Todd (I have reviewed them in the past and they have consistently great products).  The product is their Charcoal Detox gel facial cleanser.

This cleanser comes in a classy plum purple pump container and has 6.7 fl oz.  It is a pore fighter if I ever met one.  I have deep, blackheads in large pores mainly on my nose, but also on my cheeks and chin.  My face is naturally oily.  My skin is fairly clear of acne, but I seem to have on going blackheads no matter what I try.  I do find that Konjac sponges, sonic brushing, and oil cleaning does help control  my pores, but I still beed help.

I love using Activated Charcoal and try to use it whenever I can.  My konjac sponge has it and I use it in my natural soaps.  I even brush my teeth with activated charcoal tablets a few times a week to detox my mouth and whiten my teeth.  Charcoal is absorbent and draws out the dirt and unclogs pores.  It also helps mattify my skin.  This cleanser has Sugar Cane, Maple and Bilberry Extract which I have learned help nourish skin and stimulate cellular turnover to heal problem areas.  I frequently use Tea Tree oil in my skincare (clears up skin rashes and infections) and various daily household cleaning (it makes an excellent disinfectant for surfaces when mixed with water, and I add it to my baby's homemade wipes solution--as we use cloth wipes).  Tea Tree Oil is antibacterial & anti-inflammatory.  I love how this cleanser has aloe in it.  I can definitely notice the soothing and cooling properties in this cleanser.  The consistency is gel like which seems to come from the aloe ingredient.  I find that a little goes a very long way and the product foams well for a natural and sulfate free product.  I have no problems with removing my Stila Stay All Day eyeliner pen from my eyes and my eyeshadow that has primer underneath.  I really am impressed with this cleanser.  I also love the pump and find it easily dispenses the product.

I was sent this to try and have been using it a few times per week for a month.  I recommend it as well as other Michael Todd products.  Check out this cleanser on their website for more information.  They have a really nice website that actually has an extensive gallery of real users of their products.  You can see customers with facial masks and before and afters of skincare products in use.  You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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*This was sent to me as a complimentary sample, this post does include affiliate links.


  1. Yes it truly is quite amazing. I removes my makeup fully and does not strip my natural oils from my face. My pores are cleaner and my face feels smooth.