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Curative Clay: Bathing with Clay

Exploring the Origins and Benefits of Bathing with Clay

In the realm of skincare and beauty, natural therapeutic clay has become a cornerstone of various treatments and products. Bathing with clay is also referred to as ‘pelotherapy’. Clay bathing, an ancient practice cherished for its therapeutic benefits, involves the immersion of the body in water infused with clay. Clay, renowned for its mineral-rich composition and natural healing properties, is believed to cleanse, detoxify, and nourish the skin, making it a popular choice for spa treatments and holistic wellness rituals. Australian White Kaolin Clay, Australian Pink Clay, and Green French Argile Clay are among the most coveted clays for their purifying and rejuvenating properties. These clays are included in the naturopathically-formulated Organic Merchant bath range.

In this article, we’ll explore the origins and natural harvesting methods of these clays, each with its unique characteristics and benefits:

Mineral Bath soak spilling out of Miron Jar onto a brass spoonAUSTRALIAN WHITE KAOLIN CLAY: NATURE’S GENTLE CLEANSER

Australian White Kaolin Clay, also known as “white clay,” originates from various parts of Australia. Named after the Kao-ling Hill in China, where the first samples of this clay were studied, it is prized for its exceptionally fine and mild texture.

Harvesting Australian White Kaolin Clay is a meticulous process involving the extraction of the clay from the earth. This gentle and non-invasive procedure preserves the natural environment. After extraction, the clay undergoes washing, drying, and pulverization into a fine powder, creating the cosmetic-grade therapeutic clay used in skincare products.

Celebrated for its gentle cleansing properties, White Kaolin Clay is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It effectively exfoliates dead skin cells, removes impurities, and leaves the skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Its mild nature makes it an ideal ingredient in facial masks and skincare products tailored for delicate skin.

Aerial view of salt lake with pink layAUSTRALIAN PINK CLAY: THE SECRET TO RADIANT SKIN

Australian Pink Clay, often referred to as “rose clay,” originates from various regions in Australia, deriving its distinct pink hue from its rich iron oxide content. This therapeutic clay detoxifies and revitalises, which makes it prized for beneficial effects on the skin.

Pink clay undergoes collection from natural deposits in a sustainable harvesting process. Subsequently, harvesters sun-dry the clay to maintain its natural mineral composition, ensuring the preservation of its exceptional qualities.

Celebrated for its skin-purifying abilities, Australian Pink Clay effectively absorbs excess oil and improves skin texture. Its brightening and rejuvenating effects make it a sought-after ingredient in skincare products aimed at achieving radiant and youthful skin.


Quarries in the Argile region of France are the source of Green French Argile Clay, also known as ‘illite’. Because of its therapeutic benefits this clay has been utilized for centuries. Its green colouration arises from its rich mineral content, including iron, potassium, and magnesium.

Harvesting Green French Argile Clay involves careful extraction from the earth, followed by a natural sun-drying process. This gentle treatment ensures the clay retains its rich mineral composition and vibrant green hue.

Cherished for its detoxifying and purifying properties, Green French Argile Clay is particularly beneficial for oily and acne-prone skin. It effectively draws out impurities, enhances skin tone, and tightens pores, therefore making it a favoured ingredient in facial masks and skincare products tailored for deep cleansing.


The natural origins and gentle harvesting methods of Australian White Kaolin Clay, Australian Pink Clay, and Green French Argyle Clay underscore the close connection between nature and beauty. As a result of their benefits, skincare practitioners have cherished their unique properties and benefits for generations. These therapeutic clays can benefit the skin with a gentle cleanse, added radiance, or deep detoxification.


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