Kaolin Clay originates from the clay material ‘Kaolinite’ which can be found in many parts of the world. Kaolinite clay occurs in abundance in soils that have formed from the chemical weathering of rocks in hot, moist climates. The name ‘Kaolin’ was adopted from a hill in China (Kao-ling) where it was mined for hundreds of years. Australia produces around 155,000 tonnes of kaolin a year and is one of the purest and whitest in the world. Kaolin extraction occurs from all states of Australia with the majority coming from Western Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
HOW IT’S MADE?
Kaolin was produced 150 million years ago. Its main content is kaolinite, occurring with other silicates such as mica, feldspar, and quartz. Once Kaolin is extracted, it goes through a crushing, drying, pulverizing process. After being reduced down into a fine powder, the Kaolin clay is then mixed with water to create a slurry the helps put the clay particles in suspension. It then goes through a purifying process where sand, mica and other impurities are extracted with the help of gravity resulting pure Kaolin.
WHY DO WE USE IT?
Kaolin clay is one of the gentlest, silkiest clays, making it safe for all skin types. It’s rich in calcium, silica, zinc and magnesium, making it the ideal product for oily skin.
Kaolin is perfect for drawing out impurities and toxins from the pores. It’s soothing and gentle on redness, it’s a great exfoliate and can stimulate and tone the skin.