Clay: Kaolin Clay
Kaolin Clay is a naturally white clay made up mostly of silica and aluminum oxide and has a balanced pH. Also known as “China Clay”, Kaolin Clay gets its name from the high ridge near Jingdezhen in China’s Jiang Xi Province known as Kau-ling (Gaoling). Deposits of Kaolin Clay may have been mined as long as 2,200 years ago. Today, it is mined worldwide, with Starwest’s Kaolin Clay originating from deposits found in the United States. It is commonly used in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products, such as creams, lotions, powders, and color applications.
Other uses for Kaolin Clay includes being an ingredient in paper, ceramics, ink, and other everyday products. It has a light, fluffy texture that is gentle in application, making it suitable for delicate skin.
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