By Ashish Gyan
I’ll let you in on a secret people; the elixir of radiant beauty could be lurking in your barbecue! Don’t give curious sighs yet, read on!
There is an increasing user and fan base for a new, (well, shall I say repackaged and revamped), trend that has taken the grooming and wellness industry by storm. The stuff I am talking about is charcoal and grooming products infused with charcoal, from shower gels to face masks and even toothpastes have taken us by storm.
A Little History :
The times were prehistoric and our ancestors followed the unusual practice of eating charcoal. Native Indians consumed charcoal mixed with water as a cure for ailing tummies and the aborigines have been known to use this for wounds.
Egyptians, back in 1500 BC, used charcoal to treat decaying wounds and intestinal disorders.
Hippocrates and Pliny, recorded in 400 BC, the use of charcoal to treat a variety of diseases including epilepsy and anthrax.
A Little Science :
The therapeutic wonders of charcoal are because of its ability to physically trap other substances. Charcoal can bind to other compounds including various toxins, organic materials, gases, and even microorganisms thereby rendering them inactive.
Although the feel and look of charcoal is solid, it is primarily a carbon skeleton possessing a labyrinth of microscopic pores and tunnels.
Once applied, charcoal binds with the toxin particles forming a stable toxin-charcoal complex. Since the pores safely conceal the foreign particles, they do not get a chance to harm our tissues. This in turn prevents enzymes reacting upon the toxins thus eliminating the risk of poisons being metabolised and harming the liver tissues.
Coming to the point :
Why am I rambling about the historical and scientific significance of Charcoal you might be asking? Hang on a bit, there’s a point to it, I promise.
This crash course was necessary because on the testing block today is The Man Company’s new line up of the Charcoal Series.
We tried out thier Lemongrass & Cinnamon | Charcoal Body Wash, the Peppermint & Clove | Charcoal Shampoo and the Lemongrass & Eucalyptus | Charcoal Face Scrub
We have already tried and reviewed their charcoal soap, amongst the very first charcoal infused products for men, and we loved it. (full review here).
These arrived in a beautiful wood finish box (which is currently sitting on my desk), which makes it a very cool and classy gifting option. Ladies take note, if you’ve fallen behind the V-day shopping list. *wink wink* 4.5/5!
The shampoo & the body wash come in a classy dark plastic bottle with an easy to use pump cap. This, according to me, avoids undue wastage. The face scrub comes in a broad-mouth short jar, but a squeezy tube is more preferable in my opinion rather than dipping fingers in the jar. 4/5!
The shampoo & the body wash come in a 250 ml variant and are priced at Rs.699 each. The face scrub comes in a 100gm jar priced at Rs.349. The Man Company offers these as “The Cleansing Trio” for Rs.1747. These are slightly on the higher side of the price spectrum, but are value for money since one does not require copious amounts of either to have a satisfying bath. 3.5/5!
1 Lemongrass & Eucalyptus | Charcoal Face Scrub
“A face scrub made with activated charcoal and essentials oils of lemongrass and eucalyptus will scrub off the dust and dirt off your skin. This scrub contains anti-fungal, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.”
“Activated Charcoal banishes blemishes and toxins, and gives your skin a manly glow like never before. Using our Charcoal Face Scrub consistently on your face can reduce or eliminate acne, bumps and blackheads. Our Charcoal face scrub is great for an all over skin detox!”
I have used this couple of times and my observations:
- It’s NOT abrasive and doesn’t leave you with a rough dried out face.
- The infused lemongrass and eucalyptus essential oils do leave the face leaving nourished and healthy.
- Use it after a long day out and this one takes care of all the accumulated dirt, pollution, excess oil and sweat.
2 Peppermint & Clove | Charcoal Shampoo
“Charcoal and shampoo might seem like two words that do not go well together, but charcoal is a tried and tested cleansing ingredient, known for its unique ability to draw out toxins from the body! Its anti-bacterial properties not only kill germs but also exfoliate your scalp. It adds volume to your hair and is a remedy for oily scalp conditions.”
My initial thoughts were the same, “What’s charcoal doing in my shampoo?”, but it’s safe to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Give me your pennies now, since my thoughts on this are:
a) Too early to comment on the hair loss claims. Will throw some more light on this after prolonged use.
b) Has taken care of the flakiness quite effectively.
c) You wouldn’t need to use a conditioner post use as the infused clove oil does take care of that pretty nicely.
d) This is also does a good job providing volume to hair.
Lemongrass & Cinnamon | Charcoal Body Wash
“Charcoal and soap might seem like two words that do not go well together, but Charcoal is a tried and tested cleansing ingredient, known for its unique ability to draw out toxins from the body. Its anti-bacterial properties not only kill germs but also exfoliate your skin. Banish blemishes and toxins, and give your skin a manly glow like never before. Great for an overall detox!”
Be gone dirt & oil blocking my pores, this is what I say out loud every time I step into the shower armed with this body wash.
a) Don’t expect frothy, lathery superficial goodness from this tough boy.
b) It does take care of clearing out the pores being blocked with dirt and oil.
c) Neither does it leaves you with an oily feel post shower nor does this dry out your skin.
d) The lemongrass oil leaves a very nice aroma post shower.
e) I do prefer the charcoal soap over this, though I am a soap guy.
That my friends, has been the rundown on The Man Company’s Charcoal Series’ The Cleansing
Trio, do give them a spin ladies if you’re looking to up the grooming game of the men in your
Gentlemen, try them out if you’re getting bored and unsatisfied of the regular off the shelf
brands. Do drop in your comments if you’ve tried these out or if you would like to know more
before you take the plunge.
Until we meet, cheers!