Using Clays in Cosmetics
Clay is a phenomenal and versatile material with remarkable properties. Add water and you get a silky, smooth, moldable material.
Clay is Playful.
Let clay dry, bake it at high temperatures and it becomes impermeable and glass like.
Clay is Functional.
I have a long history with clay. Me and clay go way back to my high school days when I discovered pottery in a ceramics class. I have continued throwing pots on the wheel and hand building on and off through out most of my adult years. My house is filled with various vessels, plates and containers that I have made.
My parents are still holding on to few pieces from the early years.
I’ve always been intrigued by the textures and malleability of clay. Working with this medium always makes me feel grounded and in the moment. Focused and creative.
When creating natural soaps and scrubs, clays became a natural choice to provide color and texture. And then I discovered that there are even more benefits derived from this abundant, earthy material. Wow!
So what is clay and what does it add to cosmetics?
Clay is a finely-grained rock and soil material, a naturally occurring combination of inorganic materials - minerals and metal oxides, and phyto-nutrients.
Clay is a natural skin-care ingredient.
For centuries clays have been used to improve the condition and appearance of skin. Clay has been widely used to exfoliate, invigorate the skin and improve blood circulation. Clay also detoxifies and absorbs excess oils, dirt and harmful toxins from the skin's surface.
Below is a chart that outlines a few of the more popular clays that are used in cosmetics.
Several of our handcrafted products are colored and textured with clay. We use rose kaolin in our Rosemary + Lavender Soap Bar. The white kaolin is added to all of our Solid Sugar Scrubs. We color the Peppermint Scrub with the rose kaolin and the Eucalyptus Scrub with the french green clays.
As I continue the exploration and journey of developing great feeling skin care products, I realize that there will always be many decisions to make regarding the appropriateness of ingredients to use. Clays will absolutely be one of my "go to" choices.
This I know for sure.