Multani Mitti (Fullers Earth) Clay
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Multani Mitti (Fullers Earth) Clay is the result of decomposed volcanic ash and is a type of Kaolin that is high in minerals. The name Fuller's earth comes from this clay's use in the early English wool industry. Fullers used it to clean and degrease woolen cloth during the 'fulling' process because of its ability to absorb oil.
INCI Name: Solum Fullonum (Fuller's Earth)
Appearance: May be from cream to more of a yellow color.
Aromatic Description: Characteristic.
Solubility: Partially soluble in water but is insoluble in oil.
Directions for Use: 5-100% in skin-care products, 1 T. / 15ml per lb. / 500g of soap.
Basic Face Mask Recipe: Mix one tbsp. of Multani Mitti with 1/4 cup of milk or rose water. Apply to a clean, dry face. Leave it on for 10 minutes. And rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry.
Common Use: Multani Mitti Clay is also one of the earliest substances used as a beauty mask. It is said to make your skin radiant and appealing by reducing the appearance of blemishes and acne scars. It deeply cleans the pores, reducing the look of blackheads and whiteheads, and helps to remove impurities and sloughs off dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling refreshing with a glowing complexion! This allows the skin to breathe and absorb moisturizing cream more easily into the skin.
Mixed with water, it can be used in place of soap to wash oily complexions. Made into a paste with rosewater and left on to dry, it makes an oil-absorbing and purifying mask suitable for oily and normal complexions. It has been used as a home remedy by Indian women for centuries to take care of their skin problems like acne, along with rosewater and lemon juice. It can also be used as a bath powder or dry shampoo.
Caution: Caution should be exercised as clays may stain fabric.