Clay Mineral Origin Cheat Sheet
Good morning and happy Saturday to you all.
I’ve just finished writing up this big cheat-sheet for my friends at New Directions and thought I’d share it with you too.
As you can see from the information in the table clay is quite a complex thing and we use lots of different types in the cosmetic industry depending on what we are trying to achieve. One of the very first ingredients I learned about as a young Cosmetic Chemist working in the industry was VEEGUM – an ultra-pure smectite clay that helps to bring structure and yield strength to an emulsion or gel formulation. I still love Veegum and often use it in my formulations although I have to admit that many of my clients wanting natural formulations are turning their nose up at it because it contains ‘Aluminium’.
Just like with our ‘lead in your lipstick’ thing there is aluminium in lots of things and with the pyllosilicate family of clays which includes the Veegum type making up 90% of the earths crust you will have to find a way of suspending yourself in mid-air to avoid coming into contact with it. Lead has only become an issue since we ‘liberated’ the 0.0013 ish % that occurs naturally during our rush to become industrialised – blame the TV, fast trucks and mass produced consumer goods (amongst other stuff).
Clay Fact Sheet (you have to click on it, hope that’s OK)
Anyway, I don’t let a little aluminium in my smectite get me down, I love a good mud bath and so should you!
I hope you find the information here interesting and somewhat useful.