Sunday, October 7, 2012

Day 7:  Making Masques with White Kaolin Clay

12 days of Christmas Crafting: Creating Aromatic Gifts with Essential Oils
Day 7:  Making Masques with White Kaolin Clay

We brought in a small amount of White Kaolin Clay thinking perhaps you would enjoy creating skincare masques with it.  If you haven’t worked with clays before, it comes in powdered form, and you may mix it with hydrosols, teas, apple cider vinegar, or water to dissolve it for use.  Don’t let that frighten you away from experimentation!  This clay is amazing.  I combined it with distilled water and deactivated charcoal to form a drawing salve when I got a deep splinter in my finger a few months ago.  A bit messy but it worked better than anything I tried, the charcoal being the messiest part. 

For centuries individuals have used Kaolin Clay to make poultices and as part of skin care regimes. White Kaolin clay is considered quite mild and suitable for most skin types, including sensitive skin. Rich in minerals, it is said to increase circulation while removing dirt and dead skin cells, calming inflammation as it soothes the skin, and absorbs any excess oil.  Kaolin clay is rich in minerals, nourishing and refreshing. Facial masque is probably the most common use, but you may also use it on your neck, hands, arms, and feet.  It is at the least, temporarily firming. 

Note:  According to Laraine Kyle Pounds of the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy, it is best to mix clay in glass or ceramic, not metal, as it may react with other metals.  (Applies to spoons and utensils, no metal) Another tip she offers is to never let the clay masque fully dry but to mist or spritz with hydrosols or mineral water throughout the application. 

All skin is not created equal.  If you have sensitive or very dry skin, no more than 5 minutes is recommended in the masque.  For normal skin 10-15 minutes, and oily skin anywhere from 15-20 minutes will suffice.  Basic external uses include:  Facials and masques, body wraps, salves or poultices, and baths or spa treatment. 

For skincare, we’re sharing a variety of recipes collected from various sources over the years.

Rejuvenating Mature Skin Masque

1 tablespoon Kaolin (White) Clay
3 drops Seabuckthorn Co2
½ teaspoon Vegetable Glycerin
2 tablespoons Neroli hydrosol
1 drop Neroli essential oil
1 drop Frankincense oil
Blend well, add more hydrosol if needed.  You want it not to thin and runny or too thick and chunky.  Should be able to spread easily on face.  Mist every 5 minutes or so with hydrosol to keep clay damp/moist.  Wash in warm or tepid water to remove from skin.

This recipe is adaptable to other skin types.  Substitute Manuka or Rose Geranium for Frankincense. 

Deep Cleansing Masque

2 drops each geranium and lavender oil, 1 drop lemon oil in 30ml (1fl oz/6tsp) hot water, mixed with enough kaolin clay to make a smooth paste.

Detox Masque

1 drop Pink Grapefruit, 1 drop Lemon oil, 1 drop Juniper oil, 1 drop Rosemary Verbenon, local honey, Monarda hydrosol, enough again, for a smooth paste with the clay.

 Skin Firming

1 tablespoon Kaolin Clay
½ teaspoon either Hazelnut or Grapeseed Oils
2 tablespoons Grapefruit, Geranium, Rose, Peppermint or Clary Sage Hydrosols (one)
3 drops Helichrysum
2 drops Cedarwood
Water as needed (or increase hydrosols)

Adaptation of Donna Maria’s lip soother masque (for dry chapped lips)

4 teaspoons kaolin clay
1 teaspoon avocado oil
1 teaspoon local honey
1 tablespoon Rose or Neroli hydrosol

We’re offering a 4 oz jar/Net Wt. 1.5 oz of White Kaolin Clay in limited quantities and at a special price through October 12th.  To go along with the clay, we are also discounting our 1 oz atomizer bottles.  Buy a regular 4 oz sized hydrosol and pour it into 1 oz ready-made spritzers/misters for the clay. Save 20% on our one ounce atomizer bottles and on the 4 ounce hydrosols mentioned in this blog post (Clary Sage, Geranium, Peppermint, Monarda, Neroli and Rose.) Enter the promo code  craft7 at checkout, press apply, and you'll see the discount reflected online.

More tomorrow as we continue our 12 days of Christmas Crafting for Aromatherapy!


Cattie said...

Thank you for these recipes - I just tried a clay mask for the first time in my life a few days ago, and now I'm addicted! It made my skin so smooth and evened out the skin tone too. I had quite a bit of clay mix left over - is there any way to save it? Can you make a larger batch and keep in a jar for when you want to use it but don't want to bring all the parts (when traveling, for example)?

Marge said...

Cattie, I just saw this. I would be cautious about storing the masque once you have blended the liquid phase, for fear of spoilage. Perhaps tightly sealed in the fridge for a few days..but only a few. and not at room temperature. A lot, of course, depends on what you have blended it with...