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7383Re: [SCA-Herbalist] benzoin substitute

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  • McIsaac & Capnerhurst
    Mar 14, 2009
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      Kaolin and arrowroot create a very white powder that absorbs moisture and odour, while lubricating between folds of skin.  Perfect for anti-chafing, but the arrowroot because it's a starch can increase the likelihood of yeast infections on the skin.  So I substitutive the bacteria neutral and ancient traditional orris root powder.  Since Kaolin is a very fine clay that can clog pours, it's not a one-one ratio, so experiment with the ratio you like.  Adding a very small amount of an organic essential oil can really life this powder up to a luxurious cosmetic, and for medicinal value, a few powdered herbs that address the particular issues.
      I've been working on just such a concoction for a few years and have been pretty successful.  I should have it up on my Etsy store in the next few weeks.  One for chafing, one as a body powder, a foot powder, and a face powder.  Nearly all will be historically accurate and documentable for A&S purposes as well.
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      Sent: Friday, March 13, 2009 3:04 PM
      Subject: [SCA-Herbalist] benzoin substitute

      Does anyone know if powdered kaolin clay is an acceptable substitute for benzoin in anti-chafing powder? I'm experimenting with Jadwiga's recipe, but couldn't find benzoin. It's supposed to make it stick and keep it smelling nice.

      It's a minor ingredient, so I'm not too sure it's a critical component... but this is my first shot at something like this.

      I looked on some commercial baby powder and the base was arrowroot powder and kaolin clay, so I bought some kaolin clay.

      Other considerations I had that were in stock included guar gum and gum resin. Hmm, I feel an experiment coming on!

      Herb Guild

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