Multani Mitti is sometimes called bentonite clay but before going in depth of Multani Mitti and bentonite clay let us have a look at what is Multani Mitti and what are its main active components?
Multani Mitti and its Active Components:
Multani Mitti also called fuller earth is one of the famous natural beauty product used all over the world. Multani Mitti is a type of clay that is formed by decomposition and alteration of volcanic ash. It is a natural cleanser, toner, healer and a complete beauty package to your skin, hair, and body.
Multani Mitti is called fuller earth because of its bleaching properties. In past people used this clay to remove impurities from wool and linen.Those workers were called fullers. This clay can decolorize oils and suck impurities making the wool white. Earth simply means clay or soil hence the clay was named fullers earth.
The active components of Fuller’s earth consist primarily of hydrous aluminum silicates (clay minerals) of varying composition. Common components are montmorillonite, kaolinite, and attapulgite. Small amounts of other minerals may be present in fuller’s earth deposits, including calcite, dolomite, and quartz. [Wikipedia]
After knowing the composition of Multani Mitti we will have a look at bentonite clay.
Two types of bentonite are generally identified. One with single water layer particles known as a swelling type called sodium bentonite and other is with a double layer of water particles and non-swelling type which is called calcium bentonite.
Now Calcium bentonite is usually referred to as fuller’s earth by a number of authorities and folks because chemically and also in physical properties it is identical to calcium-montmorillonite.
Multani Mitti and Bentonite Clay:
As Multani Mitti has an active component called calcium bentonite so this clay is often called bentonite clay. Bentonite is famous for its strong bleaching properties. Multani Mitti due to its strong bleaching properties is famous among beauty seekers for its use on hair and skin as it can not only remove dirt and impurities from your pores but also lighten your skin tone. This clay makes your skin clear and reduces marks and pimples from your face.
It also clears impurities from your hair leaving your hair fresh and healthy.
You can also apply it to your body and it will help removing sun tans from all over the body. It will also normalize your body temperature and can give a refreshing feeling.