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Frequently Asked Questions

Also see Why Bamboo Charcoal? & Why Bamboo Fabric?

How is bamboo charcoal different from other charcoals?

Generally, the various types of charcoals differ in their raw material and the processing method like the temperature of burning. Also, the type of raw material determines the nature of the pores/storage structure of the charcoal. Bamboo charcoal exceeds other wood charcoals in its great porous structure, which is the adsorptive power.


Bamboo charcoal as air deodoriser?

As bamboo charcoal absorbs gases and decomposes it to carbon dioxide and other harmless gases, bamboo charcoal is often placed in refrigerators, near trash cans to absorb odor. Insoles containing bamboo charcoal also reduces the odor well. Release negative ions - More accurately, the infrared rays emitted constantly from bamboo charcoal reduce moisture in the air into fine particles that naturally change into negative ions. "Stale air" in office buildings which causes depression and exhaustion comes from recycling pollutants in the air. Another culprit of stale air is the computers and printers which we rely on so often in our offices. This "stale air" is bad for our health and is usually positively charged air particles and can often be remedied by airing regularly or neutralizing with negative ions.


How do I prepare Bamboo Therapy charcoal to purify water?

Using bamboo charcoal is the safe and easy way to make drinking water tasty, and cost-effective! One charcoal stalk is suitable for 600mL to 1L of water.

  1. Quick rinse in cold water with a sponge – raw charcoal is dirty and not suited for boiling. Wash them under running water. You can use a sponge or a scrub brush. Do not use soap or detergent
  2. Boil for about 5 to 10 minutes - sterilize the charcoal in boiling water using a large uncovered pot.
  3. Dry before placing into tap water – Remove the charcoal and place into a colander to dry and cool it. Gently submerge the charcoal into a jug or container of tap water and leave for 1-2 hours. One charcoal stalk is suitable for 600mL to 1L of water. It is recommended to use a container or jug made of stainless steel, ceramic or glass. For purified drinking water – pour prepared water into a BPA free bottle. Place in refrigerator for desired coolness.
  4. Maintaining charcoal for water purification – The charcoal needs to be maintained regularly for optimum activity.
  5. From as frequently as once a week to once a month, repeat the boiling process to clean and refresh the charcoal. (Boil, let it cool down, then dry it). It is best to prepare two sets of charcoal and rotate them monthly.

What is removed/added from bamboo charcoal purified water?

As bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, bamboo charcoal also possess similar properties. Bamboo charcoal also absorbs 2,4-dichloro-hydroxybenzene, a major harmful pollutant in drinking water. Bamboo charcoal also eliminates harmful substances such as surplus chlorine, chloroform, and contains rich natural mineral, like, potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium etc. So water quality can be improved when bamboo charcoal is used in cooking and boiling. Adjusting humidity - As bamboo charcoal contains lots of pores and almost contains no moisture; it is effective in reducing humidity. When the humidity in the air is less than the bamboo charcoal, it will release moisture in the air humidifying the room.


What ingredients are in the Bamboo Therapy soap?

Bamboo Therapy soap is made up of 9 natural ingredients:

  1. Bamboo Active Charcoal
  2. Crude Bamboo Vinegar
  3. Japanese Cypress Oil
  4. Licorice extract
  5. Bentonite
  6. Pleuropterus Multiflorus
  7. Rooibos (Aspalathus Linearis)
  8. Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)
  9. Tea Tree Oil (Meleleuca alternifolia)

Benefits of the Natural Ingredients:

  • Exfoliation and cleansing – Bamboo active charcoal, Crude Bamboo vinegar, Bentonite
  • Provides natural minerals – Bamboo active charcoal, crude bamboo vinegar, bentonite, Pleuropterus Multflorus, rooibos, comfrey
  • Detoxification and antiseptic, antibacterial effect – Bamboo active charcoal, Crude Bamboo vinegar, Japanese cypress oil, licorice extract, tea tree oil
  • Improves skin diseases like acne, eczema, allergy, athlete’s foot – crude bamboo vinegar, Japanese cypress oil, licorice extract, bentonite, rooibos, tea tree oil
  • Moisturises skin - Bamboo active charcoal, Crude Bamboo vinegar, Bentonite, Pleuropterus Multiflorus, rooibos, comfrey
  • Improves skin elasticity and antioxidant (anti-aging) - Bamboo active charcoal, Crude Bamboo vinegar, Pleuropterus Multflorus, rooibos
  • Whitening effect – bamboo active charcoal, licorice extract
  • Stress mitigation pleasant effect – Japanese cypress oil, bentonite

Why is the soap black?

The dark colour is just the nature of some of the natural ingredients of the soap: bamboo charcoal and the extract, and licorice – absolutely no added colour. Additionally, the fresh fragrance is the natural scent of the tea tree oil – no added artificial fragrance.


How do I care for my Bamboo Therapy charcoal?

For the air deodorizer, place the charcoal stalks in shaded outdoors for 2-3 hours once a month. This will allow usage for up to 12 months.

When used as a water purifier, one charcoal stalk will be active up to 4 months. After 4 months, simply discard and replace with a new Bamboo Therapy charcoal.

Bamboo Charcoal is biodegradable. After using your bamboo charcoal repeatedly for 12 months (or 4 months for water purifier), crush and mix them into your garden soil. Bamboo charcoal is recyclable, environmentally friendly and beneficial for your garden as a soil conditioner.


How long will by Bamboo Therapy charcoal last?

Air Deodoriser charcoal – up to 12 months

Water Purifier charcoal – up to 4 months in water


What do I do with the charcoal after I’ve used it for long enough? (So, do I just throw it out?)

Bamboo Charcoal is biodegradable. After using your bamboo charcoal repeatedly for 12 months (or 4 months for water purifier), crush and mix them into your garden soil. Bamboo charcoal is recyclable, environmentally friendly and beneficial for your garden as a soil conditioner.


Accreditation & Research

The patented process of bamboo forestation and “activated bamboo” is tested by the KOREA Forest Research Institute.

Bamboo charcoal purified drinking water is tested by ALS Global. (NATA accredited laboratory).

Bamboo Therapy soap has been verified by SGS Environmental Korea.