Using Clay in Handmade Soap

Using Clay in Soap

Today I’d like to talk a little bit about the use of clay in handmade soap.
Clays come in many different particle sizes, on a general average the denser the clay the more drawing on the skin.
There are many clays that can be used in handmade soap. We will cover some of the basic ones now.

Kaolin clay- is a light fluffy white clay, it lends a silkiness and creaminess to soap. It can also be used in masks for aged dry skin without adding color. It also works well as an alternative to talc in most recipes.

Bentonite clay- is a light green clay that is highly absorbent. It also produces a slip in handmade soap, this makes it a good choice in shaving soaps. It is also used in small amounts to mask recipes to give them more elasticity.

Rose clay- is a medium weight clay that is also highly absorbent and adds a nice silkiness and slip to soap. It also gives a lovely soft rose pink color. Iron Oxide gives this clay its rosy hue.

Rhassoul clay- is a light brown clay. It is very absorbent of oils and impurities that our skin comes in contact with on a day to day basis. The micronized variety of this clay gives a nice bubbly sudsing soap.

Usage rate: 0.5-1 Tablespoon per pound of handmade soap mixture. At light trace add to a small amount (1-2 cups) of the soap mixture. Blend well and back into soap.

I hope this has answered any questions you may have had, about using the wonderful clays that are available to us all. Play with them, have fun learning what a great addition they can be to your soaping adventures.

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