Charcoal Toothpaste – 5 Best Brands You Should Use

Coating your teeth with black paste could make them whiter.

Believe it or not, more and more beauty experts are advocating the use of toothpaste containing charcoal.

Although you may more readily associate charcoal with your summer barbeque, it has been used in tooth cleaning products since Roman times and has a host of medicinal uses thanks to its unique ability to absorb just about anything it comes into contact with.

Everything you need to know about Activated Charcoal Toothpaste

What is activated charcoal?

You may be wondering if you can just nip down to the garage and pluck yourself a nice piece of charcoal off the barbeque, but I wouldn’t recommend it. 

The charcoal used in activated charcoal toothpaste has been refined to increase the volume of tiny pores on the surface of each activated charcoal cell.

This makes the cells extremely porous and as a result they can bind themselves to the plaque, food particles, and surface stains.

If you’re wondering “is charcoal toothpaste safe?” you can rest easy. 

Activated charcoal is used by doctors the world over. So, you needn’t worry if you swallow some.

Is charcoal teeth whitening for you?

The benefits of brushing teeth with charcoal are easy to see. It’s painless, easy to do, and natural.

But you may still be wondering “does charcoal toothpaste work?”.

This charcoal teeth whitening before and after video one of many on YouTube proving that it does.

Another common question is “will active charcoal stain crowns?”. In theory the answer is no, but if you are concerned you should contact your dentist.

Choosing the right toothpaste for you

To choose the right toothpaste with active charcoal, the first thing you should consider is whether you want a powder or a toothpaste.

(If you're after a detailed article on the best whitening toothpastes, click here.)

We would recommend that before you decide which type of charcoal product to buy, you ask yourself the following questions:

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    How much time do you have? Powdered charcoal is very messy, so you will need to spend more time cleaning.
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    How quickly do you want to see results? Charcoal powders tend to be quicker.
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    Will you be bothered by taste? Toothpastes containing charcoal can have some unexpected tastes.

Once you have decided which type of toothpaste you prefer, you will need to choose a product.

Although some big brands such as Colgate charcoal toothpaste exist in the market place, most charcoal products are supplied by specialists.

I have outlined 5 of the best below.

'For a guide to the best fluoride free toothpastes click here

The top 5 brands review

Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder - By Coal White

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This tooth whitening powder is the most expensive on this list and is made from coconut shell charcoal instead of wood.

It’s hard to say whether this make much difference to the over all effectiveness of the powder, but as it’s a renewable resource it does make this a good powder for anyone concerned about the environment.

Following on the “good” product vibe.

This powder contains no synthetic additives and is vegetarian.

Like most charcoal powders, it doesn’t contain any from fluoride however you can use it in combination with your regular toothpaste to get that clean minty experience that you might otherwise miss.

As far as results are concerned, your teeth should be noticeably whiter within one week.


  • No bad taste
  • Contains added calcium
  • No synthetic additives
  • Vegetarian


  • More expensive than other brands
  • Messy

Natural Grace Charcoal Powder

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With Natural Grace charcoal powder you literally get what you payed for.

It’s made with organic coconut charcoal and nothing else, it’s hard to imagine a simpler product and the lack of additional ingredients means that there are no unpleasant tastes to worry about.

Natural Grace do make the bold claim that this charcoal powder is safe on sensitive teeth.

They also offer whitened teeth in a month or your money back, which is reassuring for anyone who isn’t sure whether to take the plunge.

This whitening powder even seems to have come up with a solution to the mess caused by their product.

They suggest that you brush your teeth in the shower. It’s certainly an interesting idea, but I’m not sure how practical it is considering they advise you to brush your teeth twice a day.


  • Contains only charcoal
  • No additives
  • Suitable for sensitive teeth
  • Money back guarantee
  • No taste


  • Messy
  • Results may take up to 30 days

Mejoy Bamboo Toothpaste

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Mejoy toothpaste is the first of our charcoal toothpaste entries.

Made with no synthetic additives or preservatives, it claims to whiten teeth, remove and prevent bad breath and remove plaque.

It does however seem to work a lot slower than other options.

Despite this, it has a pleasantly smooth texture and a subtle mint taste that makes it very appealing. Unfortunately the minty taste doesn’t seem to do much to prevent or stop bad breath.


  • Charcoal is made from a renewable source
  • No artificial additives
  • Smooth texture
  • Pleasant minty taste


  • Takes longer to work than other products
  • Doesn’t have as much effect on bad breath as expected

P & J Health Teeth Whitening

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P & J Health’s offering is the cheapest on the list however that doesn’t seem to prevent it from keeping up with its more expensive competitors.

Made with eco friendly bamboo charcoal, it contains no additional abrasives, meaning that it’s gentle to your teeth.

This toothpaste does have a mild minty flavour but like many of these products this toothpaste doesn’t contain fluoride. As a result, I would recommend using it in conjunction with a regular toothpaste.

Although this toothpaste does seem to take longer than others to show results, you do get a 30 day satisfaction guarantee making it a good, low risk buy.


  • Made from a renewable source
  • No harsh abrasives
  • Light minty taste
  • Satisfaction guarantee


  •  It takes longer than other products to work
  • It doesn’t contain fluoride

Charcoal Guys Organic Charcoal Powder

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As with all charcoal powders, this one made with coconut charcoal is very messy to use but does offer quick result.

This is the only powder on the list which includes flavouring to give it a minty taste.

This may make it feel more familiar if you’re used to using a regular toothpaste.

It is worth noting that the only ingredient in this charcoal is the coconut charcoal. The powder also includes abrasives but no fluoride.
You should expect to see results with this charcoal powder within a week.


  • Quick results
  • Charcoal is organic
  • Charcoal is from a renewable source
  • Mild minty taste


  • Organic claims should be taken with a pinch of salt
  • Contains abrasives

Our Top Pick...


natural grace powder

Natural Grace Charcoal Powder

Grants Extra Fresh Toothpast

Natural Grace is a clear winner for us.

Unlike the other products, Natural Grace only contains active charcoal, with no other abrasives and additives. This means that you know exactly what you are putting onto your teeth.

Also, because it only contains one simple ingredient, this product is less likely to cause irritation of the gums and will be kinder on your teeth. Although you should still take care not to brush too hard when applying it.

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