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What's Dirt Got to Do With It?

Have you noticed all the new products containing clay that are popping up on store shelves across the country? When shopping for beauty products, grabbing that jar of “dirt” may not initially seem appealing but they are natural purifiers and have been used in cosmetics for centuries! Clays are a naturally occurring fine grained mineral substance with the ability to cleanse, tone, purify, and absorb oil. Here, we spotlight a few of our favorite clays and why we use them.

Kaolin Clay: A versatile, very fine grained clay which is found in virtually all powdered and dry cosmetics and can be found in deodorant, scrubs, and of course soaps! It is very mild and perfect for sensitive skin as it absorbs without over drying. It is a staple in all of our bath bombs and suitable for al skin types.

Bentonite Clay: Bentonite clay has become an American-mined staple in our soap lab. This grayish clay comes from weathered and aged volcanic ash sediments in Wyoming. It has very high oil absorbing properties which makes it great for normal to oily skin.

Green Clay: The Super Sucker! This beautiful pale green clay has amazing oil absorbing properties. Its natural green tone comes from a combination of iron oxide and decomposed plant matter. We love blending this one with aloe in our Cool Hand Cuke soap. Green clay is great for normal to oily skin.

Yellow and Purple Brazilian Clay: These are a type of kaolin clay that are naturally colored by mineral variations in different regions in Brazil. These are suitable for dry to normal skin.

Rose Clay: Is also another type of kaolin clay that is naturally colored a medium pink color by the presence of iron oxide. We love this one for its beautiful color and its mild absorbing properties. Rose clay is suitable for dry to normal skin.

Want a Dirty DIY? You can blend up your own clay mask at home by mixing equal parts filtered water and your favorite clay to form a paste.  Remember the skin conditioning properties of clay are active when wet so keep moist when on skin.

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