7383Re: [SCA-Herbalist] benzoin substitute
- Mar 14, 2009Kaolin 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.Treasach----- Original Message -----From: Tonia BurkSent: Friday, March 13, 2009 3:04 PMSubject: [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!
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