Kaolin Clay

What is it? Kaolin clay is a fine, smooth clay that comes in a variety of colours (white, red, green, pink, yellow, and orange). I tend to use white 99% of the time I use kaolin.
Appearance A light, fluffy, fine powder.
Texture Smooth and creamy when blended with water. Light and smooth when dry.
Scent A bit dusty? Nothing terribly noticeable.
pH 6
Solubility Insoluble
Why do we use it in formulations? It’s a great all-purpose clay; in terms of strength it’s pretty middle-of-the-road, making it great for face masks for all skin types. I also love the white stuff in cosmetics and body powders as it helps boost adhesion and manage moisture.
Do you need it? If you were only going to purchase one clay, I’d recommend white kaolin.
Strengths Kaolin is extremely versatile and is a fantastic all-around clay.
Weaknesses If you’ve got very oily skin you might find white kaolin clay (USA / Canada) isn’t strong enough for you.
Alternatives & Substitutions Other light clays (the French clays, zeolite) can work similarly well in face masks and soap. In anything where you need your clay to be white, white kaolin is your best choice by a mile.
How to Work with It As kaolin is a fine powder, be sure to wear a dust mask around it if it’s going to become aerosolized (like if you’re whipping it up in a coffee grinder).
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, kaolin has an indefinite shelf life.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks When blending kaolin into a liquid, slowly whisk it into water (as opposed to adding water to the clay) for the smoothest possible blend.
Recommended starter amount 100g (3oz)
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Formulations that Use Kaolin Clay


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August 26, 2016