What is Bentonite Clay?
Bentonite clay is a nutrient rich, sedimentary clay comprised of aged volcanic ash. It is widely considered to be a healing clay that has the ability to soothe the skin and absorb toxins, impurities and odours. For this reason it is an excellent DIY skincare ingredient.
Good quality bentonite clay, which you can find online and in-store at Biome, is grey or cream in colour. Bentonite clay that is white should be avoided since there is a risk of it not actually being bentonite clay. It has a very soft, velvet feel, is odourless and will not stain.
Our bentonite clay is Australian and 100% pure with no additives. It has a naturally high concentration of minerals including silica, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron and potassium. It is also food grade compliant (FSANZ).
Due to bentonite clay’s absorptive properties, it has the ability to absorb metals from objects, so try to avoid metal coming into contact with it when handling or storing it (use a wooden spoon, glass bowl, etc.). Our bentonite clay comes in a reusable glass jar with a BPA free plastic lined metal lid, so not metal comes into contact with the clay.
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How to Use Bentonite Clay
Our DIY natural deodorant is really easy to make, healthier for you than conventional antiperspirant, and better for the environment. While our natural deodorant recipe will not act as an antiperspirant, the bentonite clay in it is excellent at controlling odour, while allowing your underarms to breathe.
In a glass bowl using wooden utensils, mix bi-carb and bentonite clay. Add coconut oil and lavender, peppermint and rosemary essential oils. Transfer to a small wide mouthed jar. To use, rub a pea sized amount into clean, dry underarms using your fingertips. This mixture will dry quickly into a non sticky powder form.
Homemade Calamine Lotion
Our homemade calamine lotion uses absorptive, healing and soothing bentonite clay, bi-carb soda, Tasmanian sea salt and essential oil. Bentonite clay is fantastic at treating mosquito and insect bites, shrinking the bites and significantly soothing the itchiness once it has been applied.
In a glass bowl using wooden utensils, mix bi-carb, Tasmanian sea salt and bentonite clay. Add filtered water, lavender essential oil and palm oil free glycerin, and stir until blended. Use to soothe insect bites, rashes, chicken pox, and nappy rash.
Deep Cleansing DIY Face Mask with Bentonite Clay, Raw Honey & Lavender
With the inclusion of bentonite clay, our deep cleansing DIY face mask works to attract, trap and remove dirt, oil and toxins from the skin and body, and minimise pores.
In a glass bowl, combine bentonite clay and tea tree powder. Add raw honey, lavender essential oil and apple cider vinegar, and mix into a smooth paste. Apply a generous amount to your face and neck, avoiding the delicate eye area. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes before washing it off. Use 1-2 times a week for best results.