There’s nothing like the pure feeling of satisfaction knowing each and every pore on your face is clean and free of dirt, bacteria, and pollution. (Hmmm, is that why those extraction videos are so popular?) With Savannah Bee’s new Charcoal, Propolis & Volcanic Ash Cleanser, you don’t need visible proof—the proof is in our curation of purifying ingredients that work hard to detoxify skin for newfound clarity, balance, and freshness!
The best part? You can thoroughly cleanse skin without it drying out, which is the unfortunate side effect of many cleansers that aim to refine skin. Instead, the Charcoal, Propolis and Volcanic Ash Cleanser leaves your skin ideally balanced, revitalized, and moisturized.
Activated charcoal is trending in the beauty world, and for good reason. But this cleanser is unique in that also includes the support of volcanic ash, kaolin clay and of course hive-inspired ingredients propolis and honey.
Let’s take a look at how these incredible sources of nature work harmoniously with skin to ensure there are no clogging, dulling substances lurking in our pores.
Activated Charcoal sounds dirty, but it’s one of the most effective substances against impurities. Structurally, activated charcoal is porous, which means it can absorb. (That’s not a typo, adsorbing is different from absorbing. Adsorption describes something that attracts and holds thousands of times its own weight.) Because of this special quality, activated charcoal draws and pulls out dirt, excess oil and other “bad stuff” out of your pores, attracting them to the surface where they can be easily rinsed away. Fun fact: Because of these capabilities, many people use activated charcoal to help keep stains off their teeth.
Volcanic Ash is another ingredient that sounds “dirty,” but it does wonders to get rid of bacteria. The secret is its high mineral content, particularly sulfur which naturally fight off breakouts while exfoliating skin so your fresh, healthy cells rise to the surface.
Propolis is comprised of beeswax and plant resin. In the bee world, it serves as the “immune system” of the hive thanks to its powerful anti-bacterial properties. In fact, propolis means “defender of the city” and was used in ancient Greece and Egypt as an antiseptic. For you, this means propolis will fight blemish-causing bacteria to encourage a smooth complexion.
Honey is the ingredient that does it all (and of course we’d include it in our cleanser!). Not only is it an extraordinary hydration agent, but it also contains natural sugars, namely glucose and fructose, which act as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). You’ve probably heard of AHAs before for their ability to brighten, even out and create a smooth appearance—but those from honey do not irritate or overburden skin since it’s potent yet gentle. And of course, honey is anti-bacterial as well.
Kaolin Clay has been used for thousands of years for its amazing ability to pull out impurities straight from your pores. It’s commonly used in detox masks for this very reason. The beautiful part is that it cleans you without dehydrating you.
Lauric Acid is a fatty acid in coconut oil that moisturizes like no other while boasting some pretty impressive antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. In fact, one study has shown that lauric acid can fight acne-causing bacteria even better than benzoyl peroxide (BP), a very common ingredient common in many traditional over-the-counter acne medications. Whether or not you’re familiar with BP, just know this: Lauric acid is remarkable.
Sunflower Seed Oil was chosen out of all the botanical oils we could’ve possibly selected because it’s truly a skin-loving multitasker. Not only is it rich with vitamins A, C, E, and D to fight off free radical damage caused by environmental factors like UV rays and pollution, but it also performs excellently as a moisture retainer while regenerating skin. The bounty of fatty acids and nutrients also help firm, tighten and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. And finally—you guessed it—it’s also a substantial opponent of bacteria!
How to Use the Charcoal, Propolis and Volcanic Ash Cleanser – Thanks to the richness provided by the various fatty acids and moisturizers in this incredible formula, this cleanser can be used by all skin types. If you’re not necessarily oily, you can use this once or twice each week to ensure you have clean pores. If you’re oilier and experiencing some congestion, try using it two to three times per week to start. Because you don’t need to use this every day, it’s super simple to begin incorporating it into your daily skin-beautifying ritual ASAP.
Are you ready to go concealer-free? Try our Charcoal, Propolis and Volcanic Ash Cleanser and experience smooth-as-ever skin!
Written by guest beauty blogger Sarah Ban
Sarah Ban is a freelance beauty, health & wellness editor and writer who works with the best brands and publications in the world! In 2009, she fell in love with using manuka honey as a cleanser and hasn’t looked back since. To find out more about Sarah,