• Ann Marie Lawlor


Updated: Nov 2, 2020

Introduction to the benefits of using Clay in Soap-Making.

As this ever evolving soap-making passion takes a new turn to introduce Goat Milk Clay Soaps, I  thought I  would show you the different types of Clay and their multitude of benefits on the skin.

Natural Clay's have been used for centuries and continue to be a popular ingredient in many products today. In General Clay's are soft, fine-grained mineral substances.  There are different types of clay which vary in composition depending on Origin.  While the properties of each clay varies, they are most commonly used in skincare because of their absorption properties.  When applied, clay pulls oil from the skin, leaving it balanced and clean.

Depending on your Skin Type, one clay may be better suited than another.  For Example, Kaolin Clay is a fine - grained clay with mild absorption properties which makes it better for dry to normal skin.  On the other hand, French Green Clay, Activated Charcoal and Bentonite Clay have stronger absorption properties, making the a good fit for oily skin. Milder Clays such as Pink Clay, Blue Clay are more suited to Dry /Mature Skin Types.

Below is a list of a few Clays, their suited skin types and their benefits to help you decide which clay best suits you.

Bentonite Clay

Oily/Problem Skin

Strong Absorption Properties


Known as "The King of Clays"   

Bentonite Clay is actually composed of ash made from volcanoes. The largest known source of bentonite clay is found in Fort Benton, Wyoming, where numerous volcanoes are present. The name of the clay stems from the town where today much of the supply is still harvested.

Bentonite clay, also called Montmorillonite clay, is taking off as a wellness trend among people who are looking to help detoxify their bodies and defend against illnesses. While it’s been used for centuries around the world to promote better health and ward off disease, many people in the U.S. and Europe have begun using it to reap the benefits.

As mentioned, this clay helps to remove toxins from your pores, allows skin to heal and reduces inflammation.  Bentonite clay helps in the lightening of acne marks on the face. ... Acne scars often result in red color on the face. Clay can help heal the skin and reduce inflammation and redness, It is also known for helping to cure Poison Ivy, to heal Dermatitis & Wounds, and  Boosts The Immune System by killing bacteria and Viruses.


Activated Charcoal

Oily Skin/Problem Skin

Strong Clay

Known as the King of Clay's for it's powerful ability to absorb and draw out oil from the skin. This makes charcoal a fantastic addition to soaps. In particular, activated charcoal is fantastic for all skin types, Its ability to absorb oil and dirt from pores leaves skin feeling balanced.

It also draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, helping you to achieve a flawless complexion and fight acne scarring.  Can have a drying effect on the Skin. 


Rhassoul Clay

All Skin Types

The Complexion Bar!

Rhassoul Clay is made of natural mineral clay mined from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It is combined with water to clean the body and has been used by North African women for centuries to care for their skin and hair.  Rhassoul Clay has a low Ph Level which make it ideal for all skin types including sensitive skin,  rich in magnesium, silica, potassium, and calcium, which all help to nourish your skin. The molecular structure of Rhassoul clay gives it a unique ability to absorb excess dirt and oil, as well as extract impurities from the skin.

Rhassoul Clay can help

Illuminate Dull Complexions

Brighten Skin

Regulate Sebum Production

Tone and Improve Skins Blood Circulation.


Pink Clay

Mature/Tired Skin

Light Clay

Pink Clay is a long renowned ancient beauty secret and for good reason, it helps to remove impurities by drawing excess sebum form the skin. When mixed with water it also can draw toxins out of your face. It acts as a magnet to draw dirt out of pores.

Pink Clay has a list of Medicinal and Health Benefits such as,

*  Helps to lightly exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells

-  Reduces Inflammation

*  Increases Circulation

*  Promote New Skin Cell Growth

*  Removes Harmful Toxins

*  Helps To tighten Pores, Regenerate Collagen and Elastin

*  Helps to Reduce Wrinkles and Age Spots

An Essential Skincare Ingredient Pink Clay is rich in Silica, which helps to improve skin elasticity and cell renewal for supple, younger refreshed looking skin.  this gentle clay delivers moisture and energy to tired, dull complexions and helps to soothe inflammation while lightly exfoliating skin.


French Green Clay

Oily Skin

Moderate Clay

A terrific clay for absorbing oil and a powerful skin healer for Acne, Scrapes, Burns. The Properties of French Clay Benefits. Skin type – Normal to Oily acne prone skin. It's also rejuvenating, healing, and pore tightening in action – great for shrinking large pores and removing impurities.

Skin Toner/Detoxify/Stimulates Circulation Stronger Absorption Properties Rich in vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants Amino Acid for Fresh Complexion


Dead Sea Clay

All Skin Types

Moderate Clay

A truly exquisite Clay for the skin..... more like a spa experience..

Black Mud from the Dead Sea is known for its ability to help with various skin ailments, such as Psoriasis and acne. Its secret is in the black mud's rich elements, which includes Dead Sea salts and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, natural tar, and silicon compounds.Health wise, Black mud soap cleanse the skin and remove any dirt particles, impurities and toxins, gently removing dead skin cells to reveal a more youthful, healthier skin.Another benefit of Dead Sea Black Mud soap is its ability to moisturize and hydrate skin. Black mud Is a well know Dead Sea psoriasis treatment, and is proven to provide effective relief for other skin disorders including eczema, and acne.

Dead Sea mud has a high concentration of salts and minerals, nourishing the skin with essential minerals that your skin needs. In addition, it firms and tightens the skin, giving you an exceptional anti -aging benefit

Illuminates Dull Complexions Purifies & Detoxifies the Skin A Must have for all skin especially Acne/Psoriasis/Eczema Sufferers.

Natural Exfoliator


Kaolin Clay's

(Usually White, Purple, Blue,Yellow)

Mature/Dry Skin

Mild Clay

Kaolin Clay is a fine powdered Mild Clay that comes in many colours, most common being white. Most suitable for Dry/Sensitive/Mature Skin Types. 

Since it has detoxifying effects, kaolin clay sucks out impurities such as grime, dirt, pollution and germs from the pores. This cleanses out the pores and prevents them from clogging up and causing breakouts.

As a gentle cleanser, kaolin removes the impurities and dirt from the skin without drying it or causing any redness or irritation.Even though white kaolin clay is not as powerful as bentonite it is still absorbent.  It pulls the excess oils from the skin and helps to balance oil production in the long term.  Whether you're dealing with irritated skin from bites or rashes, kaolin clay can soothe the problematic area.  Its has mild healing properties and can be effective in treating sore muscles, minor cuts, and bruises.  For best results you need to use in the long term.
I  hope this gives you a little insight into the different types of clay's and which one would best suit you...  Happy Soaping!!!

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