Kaolin clay cleanses the skin by absorbing excess oil and water into itself and by making a gently buffing paste when mixed with water.
Kaolin, or china clay, is a naturally occurring porous soft clay rich in the mineral, kaolinite. Its colour varies from white to dark brown. The white, finest powder grade is used in cosmetics. 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 skincare products.
Its ability to absorb moisture into itself means it is an excellent ingredient to support product formulae that are self-preserving, by hiding water within itself, away from bacteria, yeasts or molds.
Lush purchase kaolin from Cornwall, UK.