Kaolin Clay Powder


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Kaolin clay is not only used for pottery; it has tons of skin-loving benefits, including cleansing, exfoliating and unclogging the pores.

INCI Name: Kaolin (White Clay)

Other Names: Kaolin clay, white clay, china clay [it derives these nicknames due to its use in the making of China porcelain/ breakable plates/ dishes]

Obtained From: The Soil, Mountains (Nature)

Appearance: Fine powdery texture; smooth powder

Colour: Off-White to Beige colour

Usage Rate: 1 to 100% [Body wrap (spa use): 40% ; Face or body mask: 30%-70%, Cleansers or Lotions: 0.05%-1% ]

Solubility: Soluble in water; Forms a smooth paste with water

Storage: Store in a cool and dry place

Shelf Life: Indefinite

Formulation Notes:

  • Cold Process Soaps: First pre-mix some Kaolin Clay with water before adding to cold process soap. *Mix 1 part Kaolin clay to 1 part water until all the powders are fully saturated (e.g. mix 1 teaspoon Kaolin clay with 1 teaspoon water). After that, add the mixture to your soap.  *Add in the Kaolin Clay before adding your Essential or Fragrance oil.
  • To avoid clumps and streaks in bar soaps: Mix the clay and water paste very well before adding to Cold Process soap
  • For Melt and Pour soap, pre-mix 1 teaspoon Kaolin Clay with 1 tablespoon of 99 percent Isopropyl Alcohol (known as rubbing alcohol) or water. Then add the pre-mixed clay, half teaspoon at a time, to your melted soap


Some DIY At-Home Uses of Kaolin Clay Powder for Beauty

A popular DIY beauty use of kaolin Clay is for personal-at-home face masks, but here are some other common DIY uses of Kaolin clay for skincare and more:

  • Kaolin Face Masks: Kaolin clay powder and water paste (mixture) makes a refreshing face mask that helps unclog the pores and remove excess oil from the face
    Add more water if required and mix to a desired consistency.
  • A natural Talc-free powder alternative: A popular Kaolin clay powder DIY recipe is made by combining it with arrowroot powder and drops of essential oil to make natural powder
  • For homemade, natural dusting powder
  • DIY anti-chaffing powder: Kaolin clay homemade powder recipes are applied pre-workout to absorb workout sweat and odour, prevent chaffing and help keep a fresh smell after workout


Some Uses of Kaolin Clay in Formulation of Bath and Body Products

  • Facial and Body Masks
  • Bar Soaps
  • Bath bombs, body washes, body scrubs
  • Face Powders
  • Deodorants


*NOTE:  Colour intensity of this natural clay may vary from batch to batch.  **This is a cosmetic clay; For external use only; Not to be ingested/ eaten.

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