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CLAY & MUD Colorants

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Benefits of clays and muds

by Georges Botanique Aromatiques

Why use Clays and Muds in soap? Soap was intended to cleanse, so why would anyone use mud or clay in a soap? Essentially, clays and muds are for healing internally and externally with use. It is regarded as a component of a healthy- lifestyle. For example, I use bentonite clay internally, as a way to do an GIDetox, or in a soap externally to shave my legs. There are numerous healing clays that pair wonderfully in soap. The silky texture of Rhassoul clay is found in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, gently nourishes the skin. It's high negative ionic charge enables it to draw impurities from the skin. Due to it's high mineral content (e.g. silica, magnesium, and potassium) it is wonderful for hair, skin, and nails. However, its use within a soap may change the color of your soap to beige. Something to consider before using Rhassoul clay if you are trying to achieve "pretty". Nonetheless, what is important about soap is the color of the soap need not matter as much as the quality of ingredients used in combination to create the soap. This is what really matters!

As mentioned earlier, bentonite clay is another great clay that may be added to soap. It also has an amazing capacity to absorb toxins riding the body of excessive oil, lessening skin prone breakouts. Most notably, its composition is volcanic ash. With a light gray color when added to the SAP will yield a greenish tint to your soap. French Green clay, as it’s name suggests, is a green color and it will also turn your soap very pale green. The clay gets it’s color from a combination of iron oxide and decomposed plant matter. Historically, it was used to treat a variety of skin conditions and appears to be effective for oily skin types. Some individuals find the French Green clay too drying when their skin needs hydration. So they turn to, white kaolin clay, referred to as "white cosmetic clay," as it is very mild and good for use on all skin types. It is gently exfoliating and adds the “slip” to soap that helps to make a nice shaving soap. My fave for multiple purposes is the rose kaolin clay or "pink colored kaolin clay" as it offers the same benefits as white Kaolin clay, but it's natural pink colors hold up well in a soap. In fact, the reddish-pink swirls above is pink kaolin clay. The color remains vibrant with little care and as I have discovered pairs well with an herbal-floral blend of essential oils.

Making soap with clay if you are new to soap making, you will want to familiarize yourself with the process. It is not difficult to make your own soap, but there are some important things you need to understand that will make the whole adventure easier and safer for you. Clays tend to be easy to work with and generally added to a soap recipe at the rate of 2 teaspoons per four pounds of soaping oils (total weight of oils). The following recipe has 32 oz of oils so I used 2 teaspoons of clay. While weighing your clay, zero the scale and pour in .50 oz of a carrier oil such as de-fractionated coconut oil. Some soapers use a 1:1 ratio (1 lb soap:1 tsp. clay) and suggest mixing it with the lye solution however, I'm not keen on adding too much to the lye solution, since lye is extremely volatile. Once you've mixed the clay and oil, set it aside in a pouring type container until the SAP is ready to mix with clay mixture. Add 1-2 ladles of SAP to the clay mixture while swirling and blending with the spatula until the mixture is incorporated. A small stick blender may be helpful at this point, since some clays and muds clump. This will ensure a smooth consistency of the color in the soap. Set aside until ready to use or repeat the same process if using more than one clay. In the above example two clays and activated charcoal are used. If you're using essential oils (EOs) or fragrance oils (FOs) add it to the remaining SAP. Typically I do not add the EOs to the clay mixture as there is a tendency for it to seize up quickly making your technique for designing the soap somewhat difficult. There are a variety of swirls, layering, spooning, pouring, and splatter techniques used to create the intricate designs in the soap. Plan this step well in advance of making the soap. And, by all means do have a backup should the soap decide to work against you ~ thicken too fast. Final tip, have everything you need within reach (e.g. spoons, cake knife, paper towels, moulds, and chopsticks) as you will be working very quickly at this point with no time to run and find that one tool.

French Green clay, Pink Kaolin clay, & Activated Charcoal mixed with de-fractionated coconut oil

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Natural Skin Cleansers | CLAY AND MUD CRAFTED SOAP |VANITY BARS| @GBAROMATIQUES | ARLINGTON VA | Georges Botanique Aromatiques GBA Premium Crafted Soap uses muds and clays in our herbal Soap series. "Clays and Muds are the earth's purest natural #skinDetox, #skinExfo, and #skinHydration". It's no Mystery, Clays and Muds have been used for Centuries in #Spas, #Baths, #Hammam, to cleanse, exfoliate, and detoxify the skin dermal layer. Only natural non-bacterial, bio-natural, organic clays or muds are in our Soap either alone, or in combination with others. OMG! It creates the "silkiest", "softest", "sliding" handcrafted soap. Fantastic qualities for a soap. And, do I know soap?Absolutely! Luxury on your hands like wearing cashmere gloves versus leather gloves. It's a different feeling. "#EmbraceLuxury, in life!"
"muds and clays are nature's purifier"

Techniques for various swirls, twirls, and marbling effects will be covered in another tutorial. Please review that material before creating your soap. Also, note that micas and bio-identical colors may not work as well under the above conditions. Come back to learn more about those techniques after you've mastered a few batches of clays and muds. Frankly, from my perspective the clay and mud soaps are superior for a variety of reasons unlike their bio-identical counterpart. They condition, hydrate, exfoliate, and detoxify your skin. Shaving is a breeze without razor burn and irritated skin. Natural vegetable colors will provide vibrant colors for some powders however, micas in my experience provide a vibrant color that in many instances darkens and changes as the soap ages. This is less likely to happen when using the clays and muds.

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Description of Sweet Herbal Floral Soap reminds me of fresh sweet herbal aroma the top and heart note vibrant sweet. My senses are heightened by a Citrusy mouthwatering scent like lemon or lime, but not immediately recognizable. Balanced with a light lavender floral note to enhance the basil top note. Delightfully refreshing!

Herbal Floral Essential Oil Blends are fastly becoming my favorite. It must be related to chemical reaction, but the SAP behaves beautifully. It doesn't seize up when the EO blend is added to the SAP allowing ample time to create beautiful lines and intricate designs in your soap. Although not for a beginner, I find it so much easier to work with when soaping. Having said that, now I need to figure out why herbal-floral-citrus-woodsy (grassy) blends in combination of (30:20:30:20) works best in the SAP. Not to mention, if you could SMELL these soaps you would find them most favorable to your palate and nose. Why? They are blended from herbs and citrus type ingredients I use regularly to cook with in my foods. Forever fresh like the aroma of freshly cut grass. Oh, that smell takes me back. And, it is no wonder all of my soaps have this same appeal as I am a true "verdant" green aroma lover.

Sweet Herbal Floral Crafted Soap w/pink kaolin and French green clay

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