|The Age Old Use of Clay|
|The Many Colors of Clay|
|Pink Kaolin Clay|
Bentonite Clay comes from thick layers of volcanic ash that once fallen back to earth absorb many micronutrients from the areas which it lies. It has been used as a theraputic clay since at least 2500 B.C. People world wide have used this substance for internal therapies as well as detox for the external body. It is considered by some the most theraputic and healing of all of the clays. A good quality Bentonite Clay should be a grey/cream color. Anything bordering white should be suspect to bleaching or high amounts of Kaolin Clay as an additive filler. The largest and most active deposits of Bentonite Clay in the world come from Montana and Wyoming, USA.
|French Green Clay|
French Green Clay has a cornucopia of valuable elements including montmorillonite, nine different and important mineral oxides, magnesium, calcium, potassium, dolomite, silica, maganese, phosporous, silicon, copper and selenium. The beautiful green color owes it's nature to two very important factors. One is iron oxides and the second is decomposed plant material. Due to the decomposed plant material this clay should always be very green to green, never a dull grey. Unlike other clays were the key ingredients work in symbiosis with one another, many elements within the French Green Clay work on their own accord. Each element is responsible for working the outer skin layers in its own unique way. This clay is highly absorbant and literally "drinks" the toxins from the skin. It pulls vast amounts of toxic particualates and impurities (not to mention dust, oils, and make-up) from the pores, while toning and bringing fresh blood to the damaged and healthy skin cells alike. This is a great revitalizer for the complexion, helping sustain that natural health-filled glow.
|Cambrian Blue Clay|
|Photo of Kaolin Mine early 1900's|
Clay is quarry mined from deposits within the earth ranging from 100 feet to several thousand feet below the surface. It is then brought to the surface and into the sun for the first time in ages, this removes excess water and makes it easier to work. After this process of hauling it to the earths surface, it then begins the process of micornization. It gets heavily ground with huge often hydraulic crushers and then finely pulverized with fine mesh equiptment. After this process is complete, it is once again laid out into the sun for more dry time allowing the final amounts of moisture to evaporate.
FACE MASK RECIPE:
1) Take 1 TBS of liquid of choice add to small bowl
2) Add 2 TBS of clay (which clay is determined by skin type and effect desired)
3) Stir continously to avoid clumps. End result should be a smooth paste (add drop by drop of water
small amounts of clay to achive desired consistancy.
1) Purified water: the simplest and most strait forward of liquids to use (use cooled).
2) Green Tea: the added benefits of green tea antioxidants. May help ease the formation of fine
lines and wrinkles. (use cooled).
3) Whole Milk: used to soothe irritated and dry skin
The addition of essential oils such as lavender can be highly beneficial. Add 1-2 drops of pure
essential oil if desired. Know the benefits of each oil you choose to add, and always stay clear of
citrus scents due to their phototoxic nature.