I love working with our pure cosmetic clays from around the world - these fantastic clays offer important nourishing minerals while drawing impurities from the skin.
We use these pure, mineral rich clays to color our soaps naturally. Apart from making fabulous natural soap colorants, natural clays also have really cool skin friendly benefits - some cleanse, some draw oils & impurities from the skin, some have skin nurturing benefits. The contain different mineral contents and and each clay works differently on the skin. For this reason, some clays are more suitable for certain skin types than others.
Let's start with some mild clays for dry and/or sensitive skin:
This clay is considered to be the most gentle of clays and is perfect for those of us with sensitive (or mature) skin – it's great for mixing up an all natural baby powder or to create your own mineral make-up. As a facial mask, it’s mild, toning & nurturing. You can mix a dab of Ivory Australian Clay with some Aloe Vera gel for a soothing face mask - I also love mixing clays with honey and yogurt for quick at-home-facial.
Kaolin Clay, white
White Cosmetic (Kaolin) Clay is an incredibly mild clay and is awesome for folks with dry or sensitive skin. It gently exfoliates and cleanses the skin - if you have dry skin, this clay is perfect as it won't dry out the skin by removing any of the skin's natural oils. We use it quite a bit of Kaolin Clay in our Artisan soaps to anchor our essential oils and to give the soap just an extra bit of creaminess. If you make your own mineral make-up, it makes an excellent base as well.
French, Pink Illite
French Pink Clay is a mix of red and white clays and is also considered to be a super mild clay. It is suitable for all skin types, but especially for sensitive, mature or dry skin. We use this clay to achieve a soft pink in our soaps. It also makes for a great facial mask, particularly if you add honey or macadamia nut oil to it for a simply divine treat. Like a mini spa treatment at home.
Iron oxides are what give French Yellow Clay its creamy yellow color. It is a very mild clay that can be used on dry as well as sensitive skin and is good all-around clay for all skin types. Its awesome color and skin loving benefits make it an excellent natural colorant for our citrus soaps.
Australian, Reef Red
Australian Red Reef Clay is high in iron content and essential minerals - which give it its deep red color. This powerhouse of a clay can revitalize dull & tired complexions and will leave you with soft and healthy glowing skin. Australian Reef Red Clay is a fantastic choice for more mature skin. We use it sparingly as a colorant in our sensual ylang-ylang soap as too much of a good thing can lead to staining.
Clays for normal or combination skin:
Rhassoul, Moroccan Red
From beautiful Morocco, where it is unearthed from ancient deposits deep in the fertile Atlas Mountains all the way to the Green Mountains of Vermont. Rhassoul Clay is what is called "hydrophilic" - which means "attracted to water". This translates to a clay that it is a phenomenal clay to wash your face with. It is rich in mineral component and when it comes in contact with water, it swells up to many times it size and is therefore able to capture and get rid of impurities leaving your skin with an amazing sensation of super silky-softness (say that three times fast!) after each use.
Australian, Pink Pastel
Believe it or not, this Aussie Clay hydrates & tightens the skin – add some aloe or honey to make a deep conditioning face or hair mask. Give it a try and treat yourself to a mini-facial at home and see how you like it. It also makes a great addition to bath soaks; just make sure you put it into a tea bag before tossing it into the bath water; otherwise, it'll settle down nicely at the bottom of your tub for a pinkish mess.
Clays for oily or acneic skin:
French Green Clay literally “drinks” oils, gunk and other impurities from your skin while stimulating blood flow - leaving you with healthy looking and glowing skin! I used to love adding this clay to our Mojito Salt Soap Bar and some of our other Artisan soaps for a pale green that doesn't fade - however, we have since stopped using it as it's too dry for my skin - we're now using indigo and spinach powder to achieve various shades of green in our soaps. French Green clay is, however, fantastic at clearing occasional skin blemishes. Mix with water, dab onto the offending zip and let it work its magic. Do not use for sensitive or dry skin types.
Multani Mitti (Fullers Earth) Clay
Multani Mitti clay is light in color and consists of decomposed volcanic ash - it is one of the earliest substances to be used as a beauty mask! Imagine, Cleopatra may have used the exact same clay for her skin! Multani Mitti is a deeply cleansing clay that will remove impurities and dead skin cells & will leave you with clean skin so it can breathe afresh and soak in your favorite moisturizing cream! Definitely not a clay for those with dry or very sensitive skin.
Bentonite Clay is commercially used to clarify wines & absorb oils & grease. Which is pretty much what it does to skin - it busts through dirt and grime; absorbs it and clarifies the skin. When Bentonite becomes mixed with water, it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. Like a giant skin-impurities-busting-clay-magnet if you will. It's a fantastic clay and wildly popular - however, it's not for those of us with dry or sensitive skin.