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For the last couple of months, we’ve been receiving an increasing number of orders for sumigaki. In case you’ve never heard of it, Sumigaki is toothpaste made with charcoal or ‘sumi’ in Japanese.

Kobayashi Seiyaku, the producer of Sumigaki, was established by the founder Chubei Kobayashi in Nagoya in 1886, and it is one of the most trusted, mammoth pharmaceutical companies in Japan.

Usually toothpaste is white, which is kind of logical because we want white teeth. But Sumigaki’s paste is basically grey, and the producer claims that the grey toothpaste leaves your teeth, not only bright and sparkling white, but also removes bad breath, thanks to the power of sumi!

Thanks to the growing global popularity of Sumigaki, we are busy shipping hundreds of Sumigaki toothpaste to the curious and anxiously waiting customers in different parts of the world.

But, Sumigaki is not the only made in Japan products that capitalise on the power of sumi charcoal to give us hygienic and healthy lifestyle. For those wondering what else is there, here is our pick of some of the best charcoal sumi products in Japan!

SUMIGAKI Charcoal Toothpaste with Charcoal Grain

Sumigaki has a new version called Beauty White (bihaku) Sumigaki. Shadowed by its original Sumigaki, Bihaku Sumigaki is yet to catch on, but it is actually said to be more powerful than the original. Why? Bihaku Sumigaki has actual grains, which you can see clearly in the paste.

One of our staff claims that Bihaku Sumigaki is better than Sumigaki original because the former won’t leave your sink rather messy, which the latter kind of does. If you are into Sumigaki, you should give the Bihaku version a go and experience the difference!

HABA Bigaku Charcoal Force Soap Bar – 120g

After getting your teeth sparkling clean with sumigaki, then, it’s time to clean your face and body with Haba Bigaku Charcoal Force Soap Bar. This is an awesome soap made with eco-friendly, non-toxic, highly porous charcoal from mature and regenerating bamboo. It contains bamboo charcoal, persimmon tannin extract and tea tree oil. Antibacterial properties of the charcoal eliminates odor and thoroughly washes away dirt, oil and impurities from the skin and pores. Moisturizing glycerin soap is recommended for dry skin, acne, and oily skin as it leaves your  skin feeling clean and refreshed!

PELICAN Mud & Charcoal Scalp Shampoo & Conditioner

Now move onto hair. Pelican has been making soaps and hair products since 1947. Their charcoal products are reliable and effective. Mud & Charcoal Shampoo is designed to make your scalp and hair healthy and smooth with sumi charcoal and mud, which powerfully remove old sebum, unwanted cuticle and dirt and repair damaged hair. Mud & Charcoal Scalp Conditioner then leaves your hair smooth and moist, with a calming hinoki cypress fragrance all around. Good news is there is no added color, so it’s all natural. Suitable for all genders!

KYOTO NISHIKAWA Premium Konoe Charcoal Pillow

Charcoal also helps you sleep well. It’s calming but also powerfully removes unwanted odor while you are asleep! If you think nothin but best, try Kyoto Nishikawa’s Premium Konoe Charcoal Pillow. This is not an ordinary pillow – it contains high quality wood charcoal from Konoe, which powerfully removes unwanted odor and sweat. Height is adjustable by adding or taking off the charcoal sheets (see the picture). The main body is hand-washable (but not the adjustable sheet and the charcoal sheets).

Imagine you are sleeping with a charcoal pillow made by Japanese craftsmen operating since 1566. You might have extra decades to live!