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Natural clays and their properties

Updated: Apr 14, 2019

Did you know that natural clays have their own unique features? Some can help your skin with redness, acne, anti-ageing and so on...

Well, good news! We use natural clays and botanicals to colour our Kentish Soap bars!

Here are the clays that we use and their properties:

French green clay (Illite) - Green clay is known to have deep cleansing actions. It can remove dead skin cells, absorb impurities, excess oils to keep the skin smooth, fresh and radiant. We use this clay in our Enchantment soap.

Red clay (Kaolin) - Red clay is commonly used to treat blackheads or acne. It is also known to absorb excess oil, dirt and dead skin cells, leaving skin soft and smooth. In the past, it has also been used in baths during winter to treat dry and itchy skin, to soothe burns, in hair masks to help remove excess oil and dirt and as a nontoxic substitute to protect crops against various insects. We use this clay in our Ember, our Rose Garden, our Enchantment and our Beer soaps.

White clay (Kaolin) - White clay is also a type or Kaolin clay and has similar properties as before. When it was originally discovered in China many years ago it was used to make porcelain but nowadays it is mostly used in skincare. We use white clay in our Beer, our Rose Garden and our Enchantment soaps.

Purple Brazilian clay- Purple clay is rich with naturally occurring copper, selenium, magnesium, zinc and manganese that helps the skin's nutrition and maintain the skin's health. It also is known for its anti-ageing properties. We use purple clay in our Lavender soap.

Charcoal- Although charcoal isn't a type of clay it does have good properties. Charcoal helps to treat acne, remove unwanted oils and helps reduce the size of and clean pores. It can also be used as a gentle exfoliator. We use activated charcoal in our Ember and Humbug soaps.

So they are the clays we use in our soaps. There are many more types of clay out there but these suit our current products well and aid in making our bars even more good to your skin.


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