When it comes to making body care products, from shampoos to facial masks to bar soaps, cosmetic clays are an amazing natural ingredient, healing and moisturizing. Clays are high in minerals, but each clay has some unique properties. We carry 3 different cosmetic clays:
Bentonite is a general term for a group of highly absorbent, mineral rich clays with drawing properties, to help pull dirt, grease, and impurities away from the skin. Bentonite clays are usually classified based on their main component: sodium, calcium, or potassium.
We carry Sodium Bentonite Clay, known to expand the most when wet, absorbing large amounts of water. Sodium bentonite clay is a common ingredient in homemade cosmetics and other body care products
Also known as white cosmetic clay or China clay, kaolin clay is another group of mineral-rich, absorbent clays used in homemade face masks, toothpastes and other body care products. Kaolin does not swell nearly as much as bentonite clay.
Kaolin is high in potassium and is a main component of some bentonite clays. Depending on where the clay originates, kaolin clay composition can vary, giving it a pink, orange, or yellow hue.
Fuller's Earth Clay
Fuller’s Earth is a calcium-rich clay which contains calcium bentonite as its main component, though the other components may vary, depending on where it was mined. It has been used in India for centuries as a healing, beautifying clay. Fuller’s Earth does not swell like sodium bentonite clay.
When used in personal care products, Fuller’s Earth adds moisture and absorbs dirt and oil naturally, making it an excellent ingredient for dandruff and other clay shampoos and hair treatments. Fuller’s Earth is also used as an ingredient in soap making, facial masks, and cosmetics. It is a strong ingredient, best combined with a little bentonite clay.
How to Use Cosmetic Clay
1. Create a Facial Mask
Clays can be mixed with water and used as a facial mask. Begin with equal amounts of clay and water, adding water as necessary to get a smooth paste. Spread on face and let dry, about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat face dry. Be sure to make just enough for a single use, and always use fresh.
Other facial products containing clay include:
2. Add to Melt and Pour Soap Bases
Clays can be added to melt and pour soap bases. Both kaolin and bentonite clays are highly absorbent. They give soap a soft, slippery feel, good for homemade shaving soaps.
3. Add to Homemade Hair Care Products
Use in hair care products such as:
4. Make Toothpaste!
Clay-Based Toothpaste is a popular commercial product, but it's easy and less expensive to make at home.
5. Use in Homemade Cosmetic Recipes
Homemade cosmetics are surprisingly simple recipes that contain cosmetic clays and other natural ingredients. Making your own Eyeliner or Lipliner Pencil and Natural Mascara allows you to avoid harsh chemicals that can actually be damaging to skin.