Personal Care

The Personal Care Industry

Personal care and cosmetics innovations have been around for a long time. In fact some practices that are still popular today have ancient roots. For example, ancient Romans(753 BC-476 AD) enjoyed using oils and face powders on their skin, while manicured nails have been discovered on some bog bodies (most of which date back to the Stone Age). In modern times, more people are starting move away from artificial products and are instead using technology to research and take advantage of naturally available ones.

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Materials & Ingredients

This section is dedicated to providing some information about certain products we handle with a focus on their applications in the personal care industry. *Remember to use caution when trying new personal care products, and when necessary consult your physician for advise.


Personal Care products include: dietary health (detox) supplement, cleansing facial masks, soaps, and more.
Properties (specific to personal care applications): heavy metal binder, fat & oil absorber, degrees of metal exchange properties.

Bentonite is an absorbent aluminum pyllosillicate clay that, apart from its many other industry applications, is also valued in the personal care industry as both a naturally beneficial and multi-purpose material. Although bentonite clay, like all clays, tends to vary in consistency depending on factors such as where it is sourced from and may even have slight variations in each “batch”, it is generally split into 2 types: Calcium Bentonite and Sodium Bentonite. Other types include: potassium and magnesium.

While all bentonites clays have a strong negative charge (responsible for the attraction of positively charged heavy metals), a measurable ion exchange rate, and the ability to absorb heavy metals, sodium and calcium are more economical. The key differences between sodium and calcium bentonite clays is that sodium bentonite has a stronger negative charge, swells much more, and is better at drawing out toxins or unwanted heavy metals. Calcium bentonite absorbs fats and oils, and
may be used to redistribute minerals such as silica, calcium, and other trace minerals, while drawing out (binding with) others.

Our bodies cannot break down clay, but this does not mean that a metal exchange will not occur (as in the case of calcium bentonite-sodium beneficiation). Additionally, the detox affects of the clay will give way to a more efficient absorption rate of other nutrients and vitamins consumed thereafter. However, the ability of the clay to redistribute beneficial minerals is a more complicated topic that (in order to accurately determine its true level of benefits) would involve understanding at least a few personal details about the individual consuming the clay. For example: the chemicals & compounds currently inside the person’s stomach, intestines, and colon, their sensitivities to sodium & calcium, and how all these things would would interact with each other.

Kaolin Clay

Personal Care products include: cleansing facial masks, soaps, +
Properties (specific to personal care applications): no content

Kaolin is also known as “China Clay” and is a primary constituent of porcelain. In the personal care relm, kaolin clays are primarily sold for skin care applications, and can be bought either as is or already combined in finished products. Many personal care stores carry several “types” of kaolin clay based on the color. The difference in color is due to (or at least should be…) trace elements which may be region/source-specific. Some colors include: pink, yellow, white, and red.

Shea Butter

Personal Care products include: lip-balms, soap, food related (various), body butters, +.
Properties (specific to personal care applications): emollient, oelic acid +

Shea Butter is a popular personal care & skin health butter similar to mango butter and cocoa butter. It is a typically a white-grey-green color and has a slightly rubbery pleasant, smell. The material is derived from the African Shea nut, and is both a natural and safe product. In fact, before its rise to fame in the cosmetics and skin care section of stores around the globe, Shea butter was traditionally used in cooking by the local Africans. However, this does not mean that you should go to your local beauty shop and pick up any old bottle and start consuming it! These products have likely been refined and in addition to other processing, likely have chemicals and other additives that you should not consume.


Personal Care products include: body powders, cosmetic powders, +
Properties (specific to personal care applications): inert, odor & oil absorbing, soft

Talc, aka hydrated magnesium silicate, is a muti-purpose material and can be found in many powder-form cosmetic products, although it is most well-known for its usage in baby-powder.

Talcs particular qualities such as its ability to absorb oils, odor (many odors are in fact oils!), moisture, as well as its softness and general chemical inertness, make talc a popular mineral in many other product industries including: rubber, plastic, ceramics. *Some talc powders can be very fine and care should be taken when handling this easily-airborne-material.

Zinc Oxide

Personal Care products include: UV protection creams
Properties (specific to personal care applications): no content

Zinc Oxide is a metal oxide that is useful for making creams and products capable of providing UV ray protection.

P.C. Mini-Glossary back to top

Welcome to the Personal Care Mini-Glossary! Chivine does have a larger Glossary located in the FAQ page, but this one is much more specific to personal care terminology, hope you enjoy it!

Emollient: Emollients are agents that function to keep the skin hydrated and soft by reducing evaporation. They may be sold as ointments, lotions, body butter, and other creams.
Emulsifier: An emulsifier is an agent that prevents a mixture homogeneous, and not separated into phases/layers.

Recipes & Articles back to top

Chivine Resources has not made any recipes -yet, but when we do, we’ll be sure to upload it! For now, try exploring some of these recommended sites:

(link) or enter: into your search bar. This site gives a whole lot of information about the usage and safety of the bentonite clays. At the end they have a 15 item list of bentonite uses from Head To Toe.

Disclaimer & Word of Advise back to top

It is always recommended to use caution when trying new personal care products; test the product on a small part of your skin. If you are prone to a commonly-used ingredient, be sure to check the product’s ingredients first.

Disclaimer: When necessary consult your physician for advise. Please do not use this website as a substitute for professional medical advice. While we try our best to provide accurate information, and occasionally, warnings or cautionary notes, everyone’s body is a different system and therefore may have its own needs, sensitivities, and other requirements. Safety First!