Making Gels and Crème Gels
Let me first talk a bit about the gel base the I use, Naturajel™. This product will allow me to
formulate gels like no other gel base can. It has been around for a while and you will find it in many high-end natural products. This ingredient is imported from France and made by the well renowned company Alban Muller. There are some replication now on the market but I have yet to try them to find out if they are of the standard of the Naturajel™. Let me list just few of the unusual properties of this gel base and what sets it apart from other gums that are used for thickening.
1. It has a nice clear clarity and does not leave a powdery film on your skin.
2. It is not sticky. It has a beautiful soft feel on the skin and will soothe and smooth it.
3. Like the synthetic carbomer it can incorporate up to 20% oil. There is no other gel that you can mix oils into without separation. Unlike carbomer it is not pH sensitive and does not have to be neutralized.
4. It can not be defined as an emulsifier as such but it has an exceptional ability to create a network around the oil particles.
5. It is a 100% natural polysaccharide with exceptional thickening properties. Many of the more natural emulsifiers are tricky to stabilize and Naturajel™ is able to stabilize the mort delicate formulas.
6. It is able to suspend non soluble elements such as glitters and micas for makeup and foundations.
7. It creates stable formulations with difficult ingredients such as AHA’s, essential oils, mineral salts, ethanol and anionic, cationic and amphoretic molecules. (surfactants)