Everything you need to survive can be found on or within the Earth. Yup, everything. From food, water, energy, to skin care and beauty. It’s no wonder Indiana Jones was such a phenomenon, and why eco-companies are booming right now. The Earth, when unadulterated, is a perfect eco-system of supplies for survival and beyond.
This is exactly why, when possible, we look to the Earth for additives in our soap. We especially love working with natural clays because they are rich in minerals derived directly from the crust of our planet. Along with soap-making, clays are often used in face masks, body rubs, and some are even edible! While all clays have similar properties, they are not all the same. Let’s take a look at some of the clays we use in our soap:
French Green Clay
French Green Clay is found deep in the pits of stone from France. Along with being a natural light-green colorant, French Green Clay has high absorbency properties. The molecular structure of this clay allows it to draw out oil, dirt, and toxins from the body. When used in soap, it provides a gentle exfoliation and is especially good for oily skin, but can be used on any skin type. French Green Clay helps balance the pH of skin. In addition, green clay has been known to boost blood circulation in the skin while removing dead skin cells. We use French Green Clay in our Balance Soap, along with lavender and lemongrass essential oils, to create skin balance.
Beautiful Rose Clay has a pink color and fine texture. For your skin, rose clay actually helps to reduce inflammation, remove dead skin cells, tighten pores, fade hyperpigmentation, and it also removes harmful toxins. Rose clay is also a great exfoliant for the skin, it reduces irritation, increases circulation, regenerates collagen, promotes new cell growth for skin, and also regenerates elastin within the skin. The pink-sands inspired Beach Bumming Soap we create uses rose clay to add all of these wonderful properties to this customer favorite.
A light gray color, Bentonite Clay has many wonderful properties including making a silky bar of soap. We especially love using Bentonite Clay in our shaving soap, Black Tie Affair, because it makes the lather smooth and slick, easier to shave. On top of being able to draw-out toxins from the body, the clay itself has a range of nutrients. Bentonite clay is known to have an abundance of minerals, including calcium, magnesium, silica, sodium, copper, iron and potassium.When the clay touches any type of fluid (normally water), it takes on a different charge and is thought to bind to any present toxins within the fluid. It’s a perfect clay for sensitive skin types because this clay is known to calm irritation and reduce inflammation on skin.
We absolutely love clays and all of the wonderful properties they bring to skin care. We will continue to use them in our soaps and are exploring and testing other types of clay to bring our customers even more benefits when they purchase one of our bars of soap.