Kaolin (China clay) is naturally occurring soft clay, first discovered at the Kao-Ling Mountain in South-East China (its very own namesake.)
It is a white, or off-white, hydrated aluminium silicate mined from mountains and gathered from tropical riverbeds. Its colour varies from white to dark brown and we mostly use the lighter variety in our products.
18th century French Jesuit missionaries sent samples of Kaolin to Europe from China to help illustrate how ceramics were made there.
Kaolin was also a traditional remedy for upset stomachs in South America and is still used in intestinal medicines today for its ability to absorb water.
A versatile material, kaolin has a multitude of traditional and industrial uses. Most of the kaolin mined today is used for making paper, ceramics, and in the manufacture of make-up and skin care products.
In cosmetics, kaolin cleanses and exfoliates dead skin cells and debris from the skin's surface. We use these qualities in our solid facial cleansers Aqua Marina and Herbalism.
Kaolin adds absorbency, texture and bulk to cleansers, face masks, soaps and dusting powders.
Cosmetic grade kaolin is a mild cleansing ingredient in our Love Lettuce, BB Seaweed, Cosmetic Warrior, The Sacred Truth, Crash Course in Cosmetics, Ayesha and Brazen Honey Fresh Face Masks.
Kaolin’s ability to absorb moisture is perfect for our Silky Underwear and T for Toes dusting powders.
In Angels on Bare Skin, we make use of this soft clay by blending it with rose and lavender essential oils, and ground almonds - resulting in a smooth, easy to use paste that suits all skin types.