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Green Clay

Commonly known as: Argile clay, Illite, Kaolinite, Montmorillonite (INCI).
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Extraction process: Extraction from a natural quarry, followed by a crushing and drying stage in an oven at 350 °C. The powder grains are then sorted by an innovative process of selection by aspiration. The clay underwent a mechanical treatment without any chemical process.
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Provenance, origin: France
Phytochemical composition: Silicon dioxide, aluminum oxide/alumina, iron oxide, potassium oxide, calcium oxide, magnesium oxide/magnesia, manganese oxide, phosphorus pentoxide, titanium oxide and sodium oxide.
Sensorial properties: Appearance: Fine powder; Color: Beige to green; Odor: None.
Physical characteristics: pH : 8 – 9 ; Density : 0,4 – 0,95 g/cm3 according to the granulometry ; Granulometry : 90% < 77 μm and 100% < 100 μm.
Benefits: Absorbent, adsorbent, detoxifying, seboregulating, purifying, sanitizing, decongesting, exfoliating, regenerating, anti-inflammatory, deodorizing.
Concerns: All types of skin and hair, particularly recommended for oily, acne-prone skin, mature skin and mixed to oily hair.



  • Face care (face mask, scrub, serum, cream, cleansing milk, lotion);

  • Body care (solid soap, shower gel, scrub);

  • Hair care (shampoo, conditioner, hair mask);

  • Hygiene (toothpaste).


Store the green clay in a dry and ventilated place, away from air and moisture, or any contamination.

Contra-Indications and Precautions

Green clay is not dangerous in its normal use in cosmetics. Pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as young children must ask for medical advice before use. Keep out of reach of children. It should not be inhaled. Avoid contact with the eyes.

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Green clay gets its color from its high iron oxide content. Thanks to its lamellar structure, it has excellent absorbent properties. Moreover, the presence of mineral salts on its surface makes it negatively charged. In solution, the negative charges attract the positive ions present on the surface of the skin. This ionic exchange participates in the remineralization and detoxification of the skin.