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7384Re: [SCA-Herbalist] benzoin substitute

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  • McIsaac & Capnerhurst
    Mar 14, 2009
      Whoops.  Forgot the stickiness.
      If, for some reason, you require something sticky, I'd try gum arabic.  It will answer the pure white theme, and provide it with some tackiness, though not nearly as much as benzion.
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      Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2009 1:05 PM
      Subject: Re: [SCA-Herbalist] benzoin substitute

      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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