#alltheingredients: Iota-Carrageenan (natural rheology modifier)

Yesterday, we met Genugel® G-130, kappa-carrageenan, which creates firm, brittle, solid gels. Today, let’s meet iota-carrageenan, an anionic or negatively charged thickener that creates soft, elastic gels. As a note, you’ll notice a lot of duplications from yesterday’s post, but there’s no point in re-writing something just to make it look different.  If you’ve ever…...

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#alltheingredients: Genugel® G-130 – kappa-carrageenan (natural rheology modifier)

As a note, there are a few different kinds of carrageenans we can buy, the most common being iota-carrageenan or kappa-carageenan. I’ll be writing about both. If you’ve ever made jelly soap, you’ve probably used iota-karageenan, which creates soft, wiggly, elastic gels.  Genugel® G-130 carrageenan (kappa) is an anionic or negatively charged water dispersible thickener derived from…...

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Hey $10 subscribers! The March 2020 e-zine is out! Check out 10 minute lotions, part two!

Wow, it’s been a whirlwind month, and I appreciate your patience so much. As you may have seen, we left for England March 5 and had planned go to In Cosmetics in Barcelona for March 31 to April 2, but then the apocalypse happened, and I spent much of my so-called holiday trying to get…...

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10 minute lotions: Hydrating strawberry smoothie with ViscOptima SE (part two, formula)

On Monday, we met one of my favourite new cold process oil-in-water emulsifiers, ViscOptima SE (INCI: Sodium polyacrylate, ethylhexyl cocoate, PPG-3 benzyl ether myristate, polysorbate 20), which you might find as GelMaker RHEO from Making Cosmetics, and yesterday, we reviewed the ingredients we might use in a super hydrating, cold process, strawberry smoothie cream suitable…...

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10 minute lotions: Hydrating strawberry smoothie with ViscOptima SE (part one)

My hands are getting so parched from all that hand-washing and sanitizer, so I wanted to develop a quick and easy super emollient and hydrating lotion that would moisturize without being too heavy. I thought this would be the perfect creamy lotion to bring away with us on holiday to Liverpool, England, which is a…...

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10 minute lotions: ViscOptima SE (INCI: Sodium polyacrylate, ethylhexyl cocoate, PPG-3 benzyl ether myristate, polysorbate 20) – cold emulsifier

If you’ve read my e-books, Beyond Emulsifying Wax, part one or 10 minute lotions, you’ve met this super fast, cold process emulsifier before. I bought mine as GelMaker® RHEO from Making Cosmetics, which is their name for it. 125 ml or 4.2 ounces is $13.90 US before taxes and shipping and such. As a note,…...

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