Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Cleanser

I like products that you don’t need a lot of, since I feel like it just makes life that much simpler. And products last longer. When I first used the Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Cleanser, I put one pump of product in my hand, looked at it and thought “Hmm, maybe I need more?” So I did another pump and then applied to my face. Um, oops. This cleanser starts up as a nice, liquidy gel but it quickly lathers up into a really rich and luxurious experience. One pump will do ya just fine.

When I used this product I was really impressed by the way my face felt afterwards. It felt soft, supple, and the texture looks sublime. Kind of perfect. I haven’t used this product for months, but if this is how it looks after a week of use, then I’m pretty sure we’ll be in a committed relationship pretty soon.

This product says its best for acne-prone and oily skin types, of which I am neither, but it’s loaded with activated charcoal, which penetrates deeply into pores to draw out impurities. Charcoal is a renowned detoxifying agent, and here that power is directed right at your pores.

And I’ll be honest, I like how the charcoal makes this look. Kind of like sludge, but fancy sludge. And you get a nice lather from this product. Nothing super crazy, but enough to make you feel like you’re actually getting things done when you wash your face. But like I said before, a little bit goes a long way, since too much product (even just a bit) and you’ll be drowning in said lather.

Priced at $24, I think this is a great price point for an all-natural product.

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.