Q&A: How does one work with hydroxethyl cellulose (HEC)?

In this month’s Q&A, Sehrish asked, I want to know about hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC). Does it require a mixing with mixer or homogenizer? I have heard about it that the product becomes thin if it doesn’t mixes properly.. Hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) is a rheology modifier or thickener for water. It’s a non-ionic or neutrally charged polymer used to thicken...

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Zoom meeting formulas: Creating a hydrating hyaluronic acid & squalane facial serum with Sepinov EMT 10.

We made these formulas in the Zoom meeting on Sunday, May 16, 2020, on mixers. You can download the PDF with all the information here, or you can read the posts! Thanks for joining me for the second part of the products we made in the Zoom meeting earlier this week. Let’s take a look...

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Zoom meeting formulas: Hydrating body wash & hand cleanser using Xanthan Gum

We made these formulas in the Zoom meeting on Sunday, May 16, 2020, on mixers. You can download the PDF with all the information here, or you can read the posts! Thanks for joining me on this short tour of my workshop to take a look at how to use a magnetic stirrer and overhead...

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#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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