What’s the difference between Redmond Inc.’s various clay products?

Redmond, Inc. offers a variety of clay-based products across a range of industries. Here’s what sets each one apart.

If you’ve visited the Redmond, Inc. website, you probably noticed that the Redmond family extends far beyond Redmond Life and we sell many clay-based products beyond the Redmond Clay you use for your nightly facial mask.  How are all of these products different? Here’s a summary of where they come from, how they’re extracted, and their intended use.

Redmond Clay

Redmond Clay® is bentonite clay harvested from a unique deposit in central Utah. People have used it internally and externally since the 1940s. It's unique because it contains a natural blend of sodium bentonite and calcium bentonite clay. It has a relatively high pH (generally 8.7-9.8), a large surface area (ability to absorb like a sponge), and high cation exchange capacity (ability to adsorb like a magnet), which makes it useful in a variety of applications. Today, Redmond Clay is sold and marketed for cosmetic purposes. 

How Is Redmond Clay Processed?

The clay extraction process involves removing the surface layer of the deposit first. Then, we dig at least 10 feet below the original surface to harvest the clay. This depth ensures we avoid any potential surface contamination, such as plants or leaves, maintaining the purity of our clay.

Once extracted, the raw clay is transported to a nearby mill. There, it is milled and crushed into a very fine powder, approximately 325 mesh in size. During this process, we also remove fine sand through air classification.

After milling, Redmond Clay powder is packaged in retail packages for direct sale. It's also packaged for use in other cosmetic products, like hydrated facial creams and natural toothpaste, ensuring it reaches customers in perfect condition for various applications.

Our clay is not kiln-dried, irradiated, pasteurized, or exposed to ultra-heat processing. We use hot air during the milling process to remove natural moisture and prevent condensation, but this keeps the clay in a raw, natural state.

How is Redmond Clay Tested?

We conduct third-party lab elemental scans when a new area of the deposit is used. Redmond Clay also undergoes a full microbial test to ensure safety. These tests confirm that our clay contains a full spectrum of earth-based elements and falls well within the expected microbial content range for raw dry products. For detailed information on the elements found in Redmond Clay and our commitment to safety and natural quality, check out these articles: 

Redmond Agriculture and Equine Clays

Redmond Agriculture and Equine offer a range of clay-based products for soil and animals, including Redmond Conditioner®, Daily Gold®, UdderMud®, Mineralyte®, and others. Sourced from mixed-layer, bentonite clay deposits in Utah, the clay used for these products is carefully chosen from different locations based on specific clay traits tailored for their intended uses, considering properties like pH, cation exchange capacity, swell, chemical composition, and colloid.

How Are Redmond Agriculture and Equine Clays Processed?

Regardless of the clay's origin, the extraction, milling, and packaging processes are the same. Once an ideal deposit is chosen, the clay is harvested and transported to a nearby mill. There, it’s crushed to various sizes and fine sands are removed. Heat, in the form of hot air, aids in moisture removal and prevents condensation during milling, but the clay isn't subjected to kiln drying, irradiation, pasteurization, or ultra-heat processing, maintaining its raw, natural state. 

The finished clay products are then packaged for retail, wholesale, and industrial use. For more information on Redmond Agriculture and Equine products, visit the Redmond Agriculture and Redmond Equine websites.

Western Clay® and Redmond BentoniteTM

Western Clay® and Redmond BentoniteTM are members of the Redmond Inc. family that specialize in high-quality industrial bentonite products.

With access to a large range of bentonite and clay mineral deposits across the Western United States, Western Clay® and Redmond BentoniteTM have a broad spectrum of products used for drilling, mining, construction, landscaping, military, and environmental applications. Their industry-leading products within these markets include PondSeal®, Prime-Gel®, and SwellClay-200®, as well as numerous custom blends for specific contracts. 

With more than 100 years of combined experience in the clay industry, Western Clay® and Redmond BentoniteTM have the products and expertise to meet the technical demands of any clay-based project. From small retail clay products for homeowners to massive municipal and federal projects involving millions of tons of clay, they have the capability and quality to meet the demands of any job. Visit the Western Clay and Redmond Bentonite websites for more information on their product offerings.

Use Each Clay As Intended

Redmond's agriculture, equine, and industrial clay is harvested from a high-quality volcanic deposit like our human wellness clay. However, it’s important to remember that the diversity of the clay within each deposit allows us to select the right clay for the right consumer. Mineral content, granule coarseness, and handling standards vary depending on the product we’re packaging. For the best and safest experience, be sure to use each Redmond bentonite clay product for its designed use.