How to Use Clays in Natural DIY Recipes

I've recently been experimenting a bit with natural clays as I am looking into creating a very mild baby powder. Which clay do you think would be most suitable for this purpose? Let’s have a look at clays, their properties, and which could be most suitable for your skin type.

 Ingredient Spotlight: Clays ✨

Kaolin Clay

Kaolin clay, also known as white clay, is excellent to use if you have dry or sensitive skin as it has very low absorption rate. It is perfect to use as a bulking or purifying agent in your shampoo bars or natural deodorants. With its silk and soft texture, it’s also an excellent addition to a baby powder, along with arrowroot powder or rice starch.

Kaolin Clay | Bottega Zero Waste

French Green Clay

If you have combination or oily skin, French Green Clay is for you! It has mid absorption rate, and tends to be a bit gritty, so it’s not the best to use in deodorants or recipes where you want a very smooth, silky texture. Its lovely colour will give your soaps and shampoo bars a beautiful hue which does not fade in contact with sunlight.

Green Clay | Bottega Zero Waste

Rose Clay

Like green clay, rose clay is good for combination skin and has a mid-absorption rate, but its a bit milder. Rose clay is a type of kaolin clay, it is silky and soft in texture but slightly rougher and much more oil absorbing than kaolin clay. Try using it in natural soaps and shampoo bars to give your products a lovely long lasting pink hue. 

Rose Clay | Bottega Zero Waste

Clays have so many uses across soap making, haircare, and skincare recipes. Register for our FREE online workshops or courses to learn how you can get started making your own products!

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Rhassoul Clay

Rhassoul clay has a mid-absorption rate and is suitable for all skin types. I love using this clay in my haircare recipes! Rhassoul clay is a really versatile clay, it has a unique texture which is somewhat in between rose clay and kaolin clay. Rhassoul clay is rich in minerals that improve hair's elasticity while softening it, so it is particularly beneficial in haircare recipes such as shampoo bars, conditioner bars or dry shampoo.

Rassoul Clay | Bottega Zero Waste

Bentonite clay

Bentonite Clay is perfect for oily and sensitive skin. This is the clay with the absolute highest absorption rate. It is incredibly water and oil absorbing, so it is mostly beneficial for very oily skin types or recipes such as natural deodorants. It is alkaline, mild abrasive rich in minerals, so it can be used to create a toothpowder or toothpaste that does not attack the mouth ecosystem of bacteria, but promotes tooth re-mineralisation. 

Bentonite Clay | Bottega Zero Waste

 

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