In the November Q&A on Patreon, Sawyer asked: Are there limits to how much carbomer can be used in a oil in water face cream? It seems to be a common ingredient in face lotions, and I love the idea of a cushiony lotion, but when I try to emulsify my gelled water phase with … Read moreQuestion from Patreon: Is there a limit to how much carbomer can be used in a lotion?
A few weeks ago, we met this new gelling ingredient, Siligel I’ve made a gel with it and magnesium chloride, often called “magnesium oil” as it can handle up to 20% salts. As I can’t type, please see my handwritten notes below. Anything underlined in red is an ingredient you can find out more about … Read moreExperiments in the workshop: “Magnesium oil” gel with Siligel
This is a neat new gelling agent that’s considered green, eco-friendly, and natural. Siligel (INCI: Xanthan Gum (and) Lecithin (and) Sclerotium Gum (and) Pullulan) can create gels, be used as a stabilizer in emulsions, suspend things like exfoliants in gels, and enhance skin feel. (They say it may be a substitute for silicones.) It comes … Read moreWhy did I buy that again? Siligel
I’ve never really thought of myself as a floral kind of person, but it turns out I really love rose, rose geranium, and gardenias far more than I thought. This is what inspired this “It’s too hot to craft” summery floral gel using lovely hydrosols and waters gelled with Sepimax ZEN. I’ve been using this … Read moreIt’s too hot to craft: Summery floral gel
In this post, Modifying the facial cleanser even more with hydrolyzed proteins, Jamil asked: Could I substitute Sepimax ZEN for the Crothix in the cleanser for oily skin recipe and then add dermabrasion crystals to make it a scrub? If so at what Percentage? The crystals did not stay suspended with Crothix. Yes! Sepimax ZEN can … Read moreWeekday Wonderings: Can I use Sepimax ZEN to thicken a facial cleanser so I can include dermabrasion crystals?
Yesterday, we met a new gelling agent in the form of Sepinov EMT 10, and Monday we took a look at the ingredients we’re using in this recipe. Today, let’s look at the recipe and some modifications we can make to it! NIACINAMIDE & WILLOW BARK OIL FREE MOISTURIZER (HYDRO-GEL)WATER PHASE74.5% distilled water5% willow bark … Read moreRecipes from the HSCG 2017 conference: Niacinamide & willow bark hydro-gel – part three, the recipe and modifications
In yesterday’s post, we took a look at the ingredients to create a hydrating and oil free recipe with niacinamide and willow bark. Today, let’s take a look at this new gelling agent and what it offers. I’m using Sepinov EMT 10 as my gelling agent (INCI: Hydroxyethyl Acrylate / Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer). It’s a pre-neutralized polymer … Read moreRecipes from the HSCG 2017 conference: Niacinamide & willow bark hydro-gel – part two, all about Sepinov EMT 10
Every day I see posts and messages from those of you who are scared to try something because you might waste supplies or make an unsuccessful product. To you I say this: Get in the workshop and try making something! You will learn nothing until you have the experience of holding the ingredients in your … Read moreThey aren’t mistakes: They’re salty, gummy, tasty learning opportunities
Last week we took a look at AHAs. Today, let’s add some of these to our gelled serum with or without oils using Sepimax ZEN. We’re using a combination of fruit acids you can find as Multifruit BSC, fruit acid complex, and other names because we can add quite a bit of it without having to … Read moreNewbie Tuesday on Thursday: Making a gelled facial serum with AHAs
Yesterday we took a look at making a gelled serum with 10% oil with Sepimax ZEN. Today, let’s add some fruit acids to the mix to create something that will act as an AHA or alpha-hydroxy acid, something Sepimax ZEN can handle at up to 4% without problems! As a quick note, it can also … Read moreNewbie Tuesday on Wednesday: Making a gelled facial serum with AHAs (part one)