|What is it?||A heavy, fine grey clay (Calcium Bentonite).|
|Appearance||A fine grey powder with light and dark flecks.|
|Texture||Smooth and dusty.|
|Scent||Dusty and rather unremarkable.|
|Why do we use it in recipes?||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.|
|Strengths||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.|
|Weaknesses||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.
|Where to Buy it||Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.|