About Kisameet

About Kisameet

The rare mineral clay found in the heart of the pristine Great Bear Rain Forest on British Columbia’s central coast has been used as a healing clay by the Heiltsuk First Nation for centuries. The legend of the healing properties of the clay triggered the first scientific study in the 1940’s and 50’s by a research team led by famous colloid scientist Dr. E. H. Hauser at MIT, and more recently for the past 5 years by Dr. Julian Davies at the University of British Columbia.



In 2011 the company approached Dr. Julian Davies, head of the Davies Lab at the Department of Immunology and Microbiology, University of British Columbia. During the past 5 years Dr. Davies has been closely engaged in pursuing research on a number of applications of the mineral clay, the results of which are now beginning to appear, such as the January 2016 publication to the American Society for Microbiology's mBio journal. Excerpts from an announcement from U.B.C include:

“Researchers at the University of British Columbia have discovered a rare clay used as medicine by aboriginals in northern B.C. contains antibacterial properties that could be used to treat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”

“UBC researchers say the clay exhibits potent antibacterial activity against multidrug-resistant pathogens.”

“…scientists recommend the clay be studied as a clinical treatment for serious infections caused by ESKAPE strains of bacteria, a group of potentially deadly pathogens that cause many infections to "escape" antibiotics. "Infections caused by ESKAPE bacteria are essentially untreatable and contribute to increasing mortality in hospitals," said UBC microbiologist Julian Davies, co-author of the paper published Tuesday in the American Society for Microbiology's mBio journal.”


Kisolite has the ability to draw out positively charged molecules by its strong adsorption properties. The unique result is pure hydration from within.


Research that is underway at the University of British Columbia under direction of Dr. Julian Davies at the Davies Laboratory have confirmed Kisolite clay’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.


Kisolite's nano particle size is definably smaller than other clays on the market. It is negatively charged with a high cation exchange capacity giving Kisolite both phenomenal absorption and adsorptive qualities

Hydration Qualities

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We have identified important applications for the mineral clay which will soon be available as a product called Kisolite. The mineral clay has superb deep-cleansing properties while being very gentle, hypoallergenic and irritant free. With its powerful adsorptive and absorptive qualities, it helps draws excess oils, toxins and impurities.

In addition to the quality of the clay for many cosmeceutical uses, there is evidence that Kisolite’s antibacterial properties may also increase the efficacy of skin care products. Dr. Julian Davies has noted that the mineral clay may potentially have applications to “ treat a range of ailments including ulcerative colitis, arthritis, neuritis, phlebitis, skin irritation, and burns.”


Kisolite has superb deep-cleansing properties while being very gentle, hypoallergenic and irritant free. With its powerful adsorptive and absorptive qualities, it helps draws excess oils, toxins and impurities. Anecdotal evidence has demonstrated Kisolites antibacterial properties will increase the efficacy of skin care products incorporating Kisolite as an ingredient or as a stand alone active in formulas. Our research is aimed at scientifically incorporating Kisolite into dermatological innovations to treat a number of skin ailments like acne where bacterial pathogens are causal.


The superior cation exchange capacity of Kisolite's nano fraction draws natural oils and moisture from sub dermal regions to the surface effectively moisturizing from within while nourishing the skin with over 30 identifiable minerals and rare earths.


Kisolite in it's natural un-refined or refined form is an ideal ingredient in facial and body masks, body wraps and soaps. It is a natural exfoliate that removes dead skin cells, stimulates blood circulation and softens the skin. Improved skin texture and the reduction in the appearance of wrinkles has made clay a key ingredient in skin care for centuries. The superior efficacy of Kisolite due to the Nano particle size, mineral content, adsorptive and absorptive capacity coupled with it's antibacterial attributes make it ideal as a stand alone or formulated skin cleanser product.

Our Story

Our Story

The first chapters of the Kisameet Story had begun centuries ago with the Heiltsuk people. Dr. Hauser had added a few chapters in the late 1940’s and 50’s. Mr. Robert Davie rediscovered the Kisameet Bay Clay Deposit, and blew the dust off the half finished story and handed the baton to Kisameet to finish etc.. New and exciting chapters are being added each day as the Kisameet and UBC teams continue to explore the potential of Kisolite as a therapeutic mineral but we’re not sure if we’ll ever be finished.

Working Together

Working Together

The company was founded out of an interest to pursue research on the unique qualities of the mineral clay. The company owns rights to the mineral claims and has entered into a working agreement with members of the Heiltsuk First Nation. All employees currently involved in the extraction of the mineral clay from the site and the processing of the material are from the Heiltsuk community of Bella Bella.

In the future the company intends to continue as the lead funder of the ongoing research, and to fully support the University of British Columbia in this important undertaking.

Social Equity

At Kisameet, we do business in Heiltsuk traditional territory. While our business pursuits are not entirely selfless and our company will benefit from access to the resources, infrastructure and culture of the Heiltsuk people through a progressive collaborative model that honours tradition and culture. We feel it incumbent upon us as partners, friends and neighbors to give back to the people of this small coastal community.

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