Absorbent, soothing and antibacterial
Charcoal deeply cleanses the skin and gives a gorgeous glow. Its soft, dry texture means it gently exfoliates, cleanses and polishes teeth, and helps to absorb excess oils. In The Guv’ner natural powder deodorant it also effectively absorbs sweat, limiting the growth of body odour producing bacteria.
Unlike most of the UK's charcoal, which is imported, the charcoal we use is produced close to our headquarters in Dorset. This means that not only are we encouraging local industries, but we can be sure it has less environmental impact. Making charcoal is an ancient industry, which is not much practised today. Trees such as oak, ash, hazel and chestnut are grown in coppices managed by the Forestry Commission. These are then stacked and seasoned for some time before being stacked in kilns and burned for up to sixteen hours until the wood is carbonised and ground into a fine black powder. While the larger pieces are sold as fuel, we use smaller pieces to ensure no charcoal is wasted. They are then ground into a cosmetic grade fine powder. UK produced charcoal is of the highest quality being of about 90% carbon (that’s the stuff that make charcoal so effective).