Bentonite clay is an odorless, non-staining, impure clay that mostly consists of montmorillonite. It feels very fine and “velvety” to touch. Bentonite is formed from a reaction between volcanic ash and weather elements including water.
Bentonite can be found in several areas around the world but the greatest concentration of bentonite is found in the Great Plains area of North America.
The different types of bentonite are each named after the dominant element: sodium bentonite, calcium bentonite, potassium bentonite, aluminum bentonite and so on.
A high quality bentonite clay should be gray or cream. A white powder would suggest it’s been bleached or over-processed in some other way.
Bentonite is useful for
Don’t store or mix bentonite in a metal dish as its effectiveness may be reduced. Use glass or plastic. Importantly, note that clays can dry hair out so don’t use clays too frequently; once every four to six weeks should be enough to enjoy the benefits.
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By Heather Katsonga-Woodward