Extraction- 100% naturally occurring and naturally quarry mined
Shelf life- Indefinite (4-5 years recommended)
Other Common Names- Sodium Bentonite, Sodium Montmorillonite, Wyoming Bentonite
Color- Light gray to off-white
Mesh Size- US #200 Mesh
pH - 8.3 - 9.1
What is it?
Bentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays used to treat both internal and external maladies. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. Internally it can be added to water or glazed upon food to help those with sensitive palates. A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering "pure white" is suspect. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining.
How does it work?
"Bentonite is a swelling clay. When it becomes mixed with water it rapidly swells open like a highly porous sponge. From here the toxins are drawn into the sponge through electrical attraction and once there, they are bound.
Where does it come from?
Bentonite clay is sedimentary clay composed of weathered and aged volcanic ash.
looool...I know you are all saying, na which one be this one again. Is it really worth it choosing to be natural? Imagine, putting all these stuff on your hair, the other day was oil, today is clay...na wetin? You are right. But, remember though, that there seems to be a link between relaxing your hair and uterine fibroids. To read more: click here
Anyways, the other day,I mentioned that I followed the kisforkinky recipe for creating bentonite hair mask and for some reason it didn't work. It didn't give me that detangled hair feeling that I crave so much, so rather than throw it away, I decided to add my oil mix to the mixture and leave it alone for a couple of days and try again.. This time, it worked. My hair came out super detangled, my curls were defined and soft. Say, yipee with me.
This is the recipe:
1/3 cup bentonite clay powder (Aztec Secret is a popular brand among naturals)
cleanses, improves detangling and defines curls.
3 oz unrefined cocoa butter (melted)
hydrating and high in vitamin E with emollient (smoothing) properties.
2 oz extra virgin olive oil
penetrates the strands increasing strength and elasticity.
1 oz coconut oil
penetrates the hair shaft to condition and strengthen.
1 oz castor oil
coats and protects the strands.
soap mold; baking and tart molds will also work.
So bentonite clay mask will be part of my natural hair routine. You should try it.
Another good news, remember how I mentioned that the tanglefree conditioner from beautiful textures was basically tangling my hair and giving me an itchy left eye. I also mentioned that I am from the old school of waste not, want not. Meaning, that most things can be reused, you just have to come up with a creative method to reuse it.
So the other day, I decided to work with it. I mixed my gel, beautiful textures and my hair oil. Mixed it all up. Left it alone for about 1 hour or so and then put it on my hair. No scratchy eye, irritating smell...yeah, and most importantly NO tangle. I had that on my hair for a couple of days and still no tangles. So yes, I have solved the mystery of the tangly tanglefree beautiful textures conditioner, next, will be the defining pudding. LOOOOL!!! Remember, as I mentioned earlier, my hair is very different, so these products might work perfectly for you but my hair decides what it wants and what it doesn't want.
Next week, I will be doing a product review on a product that I received for free through this site and I will also run a competition, just in case you all want that product as well. I am super duper excited to play with this product this weekend . It is organic. :)
Till next week.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 May 2012 10:42 )