Gels: Making an eye liner sealant. Part one – figuring out the ingredient list

I’ve never used one of these before, but my friends and kids in the groups are very interested in this eye liner sealant product. It can be used to seal mineral make-up or eye liner. The point is to keep these products on your eyes throughout the day. When I want to duplicate a product…...

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Gels (revised for 2013)!

I admit I have a thing for gels. It’s so cool to see some water and some powder come together to create something so thick a fork can stand up in it! I’ve written about them in the past, but I thought it would be fun to do a little update on the topic. What’s…...

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Gels: Hair styling products

In my excitement about esters, I totally forgot about hair styling gels! I don’t use them much myself – my hair doesn’t really do “style” that well – but I do like to make them for my mom, who has really spiky hair. Gels are a perfect vehicle for conditioning agents. Sure, you can make…...

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Gels: Surfactant-y fun! (updated)

As I mentioned in the first gel post, carbomers and surfactants don’t tend to play well together. But we’re going to force them to be the bestest of friends by choosing our surfactants wisely and putting the ingredients together in the proper order. I made up this formula – the Gardener’s Hand Scrub – for…...

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Gels: Make a gel based toner

I know you’re probably sick of this recipe for toner, but it works well in a gel format. You can also use this as an under eye application with a few tweaks, and it does feel nice and cool for the summer. (Can you tell I’m not a fan of being warm?)So why make a…...

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Gels: Aloe vera

Adding aloe vera to gels can be tricky because gels don’t tend to like ingredients filled with lovely salts and electrolytes. We like a good challenge, so let’s figure out how to make an aloe vera gel with cationic polymers and moisturizers! For the aloe vera gel, we’d ideally like a ton of aloe vera…...

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Gels: Ooey gooey fun!

I love making gels – they aren’t hard to create and they have so many uses. There are a few ways to make gels – with a polymer like Ultrez 20 or with cellulose – but I’m going to concentrate on the polymer method as I haven’t had a chance to play with cellulose yet…...

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