White Clay



White clay, Kaolin or China clay is a soft white earth mineral found in soils that have formed from the chemical weathering of rocks. Named after a hill in China (Gaoling), Kaolin was mined for centuries for the manufacturing of porcelain and for medicinal purposes as well. Today, apart from its use in pottery, it is used in the making of paper, rubber, paint, and the formulation of beauty products.


White clay is a versatile ingredient that is proved to serve many purposes and consists an essential ingredient in many healthcare products. It is gentle to the skin and therefore is ideal for all skin types and especially the sensitive ones.

  • Soothes joint inflammations and muscle soreness.

  • Treats digestive disorders and reduces nausea.

  • When applied to skin, it forms a thin layer that absorbs excess oil that may be clogging the pores while balancing the oil production.

  • Absorbs the bacteria from the skin pores that could cause acne infection and therefore reduces blemishes and blackheads.

  • The crystals contained in the clay serve as a mild exfoliator that gently removes the dead skin cells leaving the skin soft and purified.

  • Cleanses and refines the skin texture without causing redness.

  • Treats oily scalp and improves hair elasticity.


  • Face mask: Mix a teaspoon of white clay powder with 1/3 of water to create a smooth paste, then apply to face and neck and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and follow with your normal moisturiser.

  • Body scrub: Mix ½ cup of white clay with ¼ cup of sugar granules and ½ a cup of any vegetable oil to form a paste. Scrub it on wet skin in the shower once a week ideally.

  • Hair mask (for oily hair and scalp): Mix 1-2 tablespoons of white clay with water, apply the mixture into your scalp and leave it on for 10 minutes before rinsing off thoroughly. Use once per week ideally.

  • Dry shampoo: Apply a small amount of white clay powder onto a fluffy brush and run it through the roots to absorb excess oil.

* NOTE: Use non-metal utensils when mixing clays. Metals react with clays and result in reducing most of the clay’s properties.

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