|What is it?
|A heavy, fine grey clay (Calcium Bentonite).
|A fine grey powder with light and dark flecks.
|Smooth and dusty.
|Dusty and rather unremarkable.
|Why do we use it in formulations?
|It’s a strong clay that’s amazing at cleaning out pores.
|Do you need it?
|Bentonite is pretty weird—some people love it and some people don’t. I could live without it.
|It’s a very strong clay with a really unique texture when it gets wet—it gets all jelloid and is way more absorbent than other clays.
|It has a high pH that can irritate more sensitive skin.
|Alternatives & Substitutions
|It’s really unique and weird; it’s not a good substitute for other clays, and other clays are not a good substitute for it.
|How to Work with It
|I mostly use it for face masks.
|Storage & Shelf Life
|Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry,
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks
|Check out this experiment to learn about how absorbent and weird it is!
You’ll commonly read that bentonite clay should never, ever come into contact with metal because it carries a charge. This is not true.
|Recommended starter amount
|Where to Buy it
|Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.