Built For Your Lifestyle
Pollution, stress, sweat. You’re grinding hard and need products that keep up — we get it. Our products are simple and easy to use and are delivered straight to your door.
From Hyaluronic Acid for deep hydration to Lykos AF - a powerful and natural ingredient designed to target acne-causing bacteria, each product has been curated to give you clear and balanced skin.
Activated Charcoal Body Wash
Blue Sage & Citrus Scent
Made by Guys, For Guys
Our products were made for guys, by guys. Founders Alex & Sam started Black Wolf at only the ages of 19 and 21 so that real guys like them with real skincare issues could find real solutions.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is activated charcoal all about anyway?
Activated charcoal, or activated carbon, has been used for over a century and is one of the most common and most essential medicinal substances on the planet. We use it to purify water, neutralize poisons and even cure hangovers. It is so essential that a medical facility without it should make you wonder what else they don't have. Like bandages or staff with medical training.
The process of activating charcoal is what makes it special. Exposure to extremely high temperatures creates a negative charge allowing it to bind with any molecule or atom with a positive charge. And as it happens, many of the bacteria, toxins and impurities you collect on your skin just from walking around and breathing everyday have a positive charge. Like that friend with a taste for high-maintenance girls, it's a magnet for shit you just don't need in your life.
Now before you head to your local big box to pick up a value-sized bag of Kingsford Charcoal Briquets to rub on your face later, there's something you should know. That type of charcoal is not activated charcoal. And it's got some rather unpleasant additives that you don't want on your skin. So, you know, don’t.
It's All About Surface Area
Regular charcoal, like the charred remains of a bonfire, has natural ridges that give it more surface area than you might otherwise suspect. But really, it's just a lump of carbon. Charcoal that has been activated, however, has thousands and thousands of tiny holes in its surface, exponentially increasing the available surface area to around 3000 square meters per gram. We're not charcoal scientists, but it's safe to say that unless you've made billions off cat videos, a single gram of activated charcoal has vastly more surface area than the inside of wherever it is you call home.
And that additional surface area is what makes activated charcoal such a champ. Charcoal's ability to detoxify is powered by a process called 'adsorption.' Unlike 'absorption' which is limited by how much toxin can be dissolved by volume, adsorption binds those nasty molecules to the surface. The greater the surface area, the greater the capacity to cleanse. Science wins again.
- Does the 'AF' in Lykos AF stand for what I think it does?
C’mon, man. It stands for ‘Anti-fungal’.
- What the heck is Lykos AF
(treats and prevents your razor bumps/anti-fungal and microbial/botanical-base)
Lykos AF is our special formulation of active botanicals and proven anti-bacterial & anti-fungal agents that eliminate razor bumps, keeping your skin looking smoother and protected from future irritation.
Caused by critters
Using a dull razor can tear your skin, no doubt, but it’s actually the bacteria on your skin that causes the worst of the inflammation. If you are unlucky enough to experience razor bumps, even a fresh blade right out of the pack won’t save you. Lykos AF works to relieve the suffering by slowing the growth of Gram-positive bacteria, the nasty little critters causing all that trouble in the first place.
But they aren’t the only unwanted invaders. Lykos AF uses a combination of active botanical ingredients to protect your skin from the other microbes, including fungi (AF stands for anti-fungal), that your body might identify as not welcome thereby causing more painful inflammation.
Keeps on giving
Lykos AF is a pretty complex solution with more than its fair-share of positive effects. Its anti-microbial properties not only make it perfect for combatting razor bumps but also helps slow the natural aging of your skin and prevents acne breakouts.
- I've been hearing a lot about this hyaluronic acid stuff. What's the deal?
(repairs your natural moisture barrier naturally/hydrates your skin/promotes anti-aging and collagen synthesis/water-based preventing further skin contamination/protects your skin from cancer-causing UVB rays/boosts skin elasticity/increases your skin’s smoothness)
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body. If you look hard enough, you’ll find it in your scalp, your eyes, your gums, your joints and in the greatest concentrations, your skin. Young skin has extremely high concentrations of hyaluronic acid promoting collagen production giving it its youthful elasticity. As you age your skin doesn’t produce nearly the amount of collagen necessary to keep it looking firm and smooth.
Slows Effects of Aging
“But I’m never going to grow old!” Relax, Peter Pan. You are going to get old. We all will. But that doesn’t mean you can’t fight it. You don’t have to look so old. Using a skincare product with high levels of hyaluronic acid like Black Wolf oil-free moisturizing gel restores many of the naturally occurring compounds and processes that keep skin looking more youthful and less oldful.
Does all this mean that hyaluronic acid is harvested from —gasp— people?!? That’s a really dumb question. We’re not allowed to do that (anymore). It’s harvested in labs from Staphylococcus bacteria cultures which sounds gross, but given the options and how people generally feel about human organ harvesting, feels like the right thing to do.
- Does Black Wolf use all natural ingredients?
No, we decided to use ingredients that work instead. Some ingredients are natural, like our seaweed and cucumber extracts. But we only use them because they work. The bulk of our ingredients are scientifically-proven to give you the best results. They're safe-to-use premium agents you'd normally only find in the most expensive skincare products on the market.
If you're only buying skincare products because a brand claims to use 'all-natural' ingredients and you don't care about results, well, maybe you don't need to be spending your money on skincare.
But if you care about getting great skincare results for less and want to feel more confidence in yourself, Black Wolf is for you.
- Salicylic Acid sounds pretty scary. Is it?
(oil-soluble allowing penetration of your pores/dissolves whiteheads and blackheads/acts as anti-inflammatory to soothe your skin/gently removes dead skin/makes your pores visibly smaller/acts as anti-bacterial limiting future infections)
Technically not a question, but OK.
If you have skin, and we sincerely hope you do, salicylic acid is your friend. A loyal friend, in fact. The type of friend that won't hang up on you when you ask them to come over and pop a couple of very angry, very hard-to-reach pimples for you. That's pretty gross. But also really loyal.
And because it is such a good friend, your enemies are its enemies. Salicylic acid’s ability to get in there and clean out your pores makes short work of the whiteheads and blackheads you have today and greatly reduces the chances you’ll be seeing them again tomorrow. That's why 'Big Acne' charges ungodly sums for products containing salicylic acid. It's the magic ingredient.
The Deepest Clean
Listen, we're going to talk about chemistry for a brief moment here, so don't drift off. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid. That's different from an alpha hydroxy acid in one important way: it's oil-soluble. Chemistry lesson over. Oil-solubility allows it to penetrate deep into the pore lining where it does its best work acting as a gentle exfoliator, removing the dead skin cells responsible for the majority of breakouts and infections.
Removing all those dead skin cells is serious work that can leave your skin red and irritated and that's not a good look for anyone. Lucky for you, salicylic acid is also an anti-inflammatory that reduces the puffiness and irritation sometimes associated with a really deep cleanse.
A Smoother Appearance
Along with the reduction of breakouts, salicylic acid also visibly reduces the size of your pores leaving your skin feeling, and most importantly, looking much smoother.
- Are Black Wolf products tested on animals?
Of course not. We’re not savages.
- Will Black Wolf make me sexier?
Asking for a friend.
Tell your 'friend' that we can't guarantee Black Wolf will make you sexier or more attractive to your target audience. That would be irresponsible. But we can guarantee that Black Wolf will make your skin look its best, and when you look your best, you feel your best. Sounds pretty sexy to us.
- How frequently were any of these questions actually asked?
It's a good question that, like the others in this FAQ, we totally made up. So technically, very infrequently. It's all part of our effort to anticipate your concerns and bring you the most accurate information we can because we like you.