Green Clay, also known as French Green Clay, Illite Clay or Sea Clay (because of its green color) is widely known for its ability to draw out oils and impurities from the skin. This clay also contains essential minerals that nourish the skin and restore mineral balance. One of those minerals, iron oxide, in combination with decomposed plant life, impart this clay's distinct green color.
Green clay has been used by our ancestors in the healing of wounds, treatment of internal dis-eases and prevention of skin deterioration and is now being carried through tradition to our Morning Clarity Bar Soap.
Green Clay was once primarily mined in France from old volcano sites that range in depth from 100 feet to thousands of feet below ground. As word spread of this green facial wonder and it's skin healing characteristics, other miners discovered deposits of similar material in Wyoming, Montana and some European countries.
Once quarry mined, green clay is then dried in the sun to remove excess water, ground by huge hydraulic crushers and then pulverized into ultra fine powder. From there it is once more laid out in the sun to dry. The clay we use in our soap is sourced from Southern France.
Green Clay contains a plethora of minerals, oxides and organic plant material that are known to improve the condition of one's skin by drawing out toxins and excessive oils and by depositing depleted minerals.
Some of these valuable elements are magnesium, calcium, potassium, dolomite, silica, manganese, phosphorous, silicon, copper, selenium and montmorillonite.
Because of the high mineral content, it is the single most used clay by estheticians during facials to improve the appearance of skin. It is also being extensively researched for the prevention and treatment of many bacterial and infectious diseases because of its natural antibiotic behavior.
When applied to the skin, it is said that Green clay will naturally detect which mineral the body needs and allow it to be absorbed while also drawing out excessive toxins and surplus minerals the body does not need; all at the same time!!
I read an awesome quote that said "We cannot always penetrate nature's secrets. We must gracefully acknowledge them and use them." - author unknown.
Green clay gets its color from both the iron oxide content (typically between 4-6%) and decomposed plant matter. Yes, that's right, centuries old plant life that has naturally buried itself below layers and layers of earth is morphed into many different substances: rocks, crystals, and of course, clays.
While many may be taken aback by the terminology defining the content of this clay, it is important to keep in mind that it is also because of this decomposing process that it is so rich in nutrients. The beautiful green tones that are revered throughout the world (the darker the better) are a direct indication of the cycle of life it went through to get where it is today.