Kenkawai Binchotan

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Activated charcoal for your body & soul

Kenkawai is a Japanese name and an homage to one of the founders grandfather Kazuo Kawai, who had run a lead typesetting workshop at his home in Kobe and manufactured his print products to the last by hand. The literal translation of KENKAWAI is health and river outfall.

Binchotan products are made from white charcoal from Japanese holm oak from the forests in Kishu, Japan. The slow growing oak wood is slowly baked over several days, first at a low temperature, then at a very high temperature, which restricts the oxygen to trap the carbon in the wood. At the end we are left with a white ash, which is used to make the Binchotan products. The result is an extremely absorbent material, which can be used many different ways. Binchotan uses this technology to create a variety of beauty products.  

KENKAWAI Binchotan Konjac Sponge
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The charcoal Konjac sponge and vitalizing exfoliating has an antibacterial effect and removes impurities from the skin. It leaves the skin refreshed and purified. It is also suitable for sensitive and allergic skin types.

KENKAWAI Binchotan Toothbrush
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The Binchotan toothbrush prevents plaque and whitens the teeth. 100% Made in Japan. A modern update to a bathroom staple, this toothbrush features activated Binchotan charcoal that has been infused into every bristle. Charcoal’s absorptive power helps to naturally deodorize your mouth and remove plaque while keeping the bristles clean between uses. It’s a novel alternative to messy powdered charcoal toothpaste. This style features standard bristles for a deeper clean.

KENKAWAI Binchotan Charcoal Stick
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Water Purifier: A stick of Binchotan charcoal to purify your water. The charcoal mineralizes and purifies water absorbing chemicals and lime making the water softer and cleaner. Charcoal has long been used in Japan to purify drinking water and is used in baths as well. When you drive through the countryside you can often buy charcoaled bamboo or wood to use for purification, however the strong oak wood that is used is much stronger and can be used for longer. After 1-2 months, you can clean the charcoal by cooking it for 10 minutes in boiling water. After an overall lifespan of 4-6 months, the charcoal should be replaced and can be recycled as a fertilizer for your garden or plants.

Kenkawai presents charcoal beauty goods and handwoven towels from Japan that combine modern design with traditional craftsmanship. Kishu Binchotan – a charcoal stick made of holm oak is being used in Japan for many generations to purify, soften and mineralize water or to clean room air. Binchotan Care Products are charcoal essentials for daily skin care. Kontex is a family-run company since 1934, weaving ultra soft and highly absorbent towels made of cotton and linen.

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