Because of its abundance as a mineral all over the world and it’s beautiful bright quality, kaolin is thought to have been one of the first clays used to make pottery by our ancestors. While serving as a functional part of ancient life, kaolin clay has also historically been a staple in health and beauty routines.

Kaolin clay has proven itself to be useful for every part of our evolution. We still use it in pottery, health, and beauty but it’s even found its way into the paper industry. A thin layer is often brushed on as a final coating for paper to give it a smooth texture and bright white color — a healthier, more environmentally friendly alternative to bleach.

Safety: Kaolin is generally recognized as safe, but may cause mild irritation of the skin or mucous membranes.