For the aloe vera gel, we'd ideally like a ton of aloe vera to soothe burned or annoyed skin...but this is going to end in tears as the gel goes all liquidy over a short period of time. So how do we make a lovely aloe vera gel?
Well, we're going to include aloe vera, but at a lower amount, then compensate by throwing in other wonderful things that make your skin feel nice, like witch hazel (cooling feeling) and lavender hydrosol (soothing). We're adding our hydrolyzed proteins to offer film forming and moisturizing without oils and we're adding the cationic polymer as a film former, conditioner, humectant, and moisturizer. Finally, I'm adding some chamomile extract - it's optional, but 0.5% goes a long way in soothing inflamed skin, so if you can add it, it's a good thing.
You can add fragrance or essential oil to this, but I would suggest waiting until the second time you make it to do this. Primarily because it can make your gel go all white on you, but also because I think this recipe is really nice without it.
Make up your gel as follows...
242 grams of water
3 grams ultrez 20
4 grams of 18% lye solution
1.25 grams preservative (Liquid Germall Plus)
Put the gel flakes into the water and stir well to wet the flakes. Let sit for 3 to 5 minutes (5 minutes is preferable) then add your 18% lye solution and preservative. Stir until thickened.
ALOE VERA GEL
15% aloe vera liquid
10% witch hazel
10% lavender hydrosol
2% cationic polymer like honeyquat, condition-eze 7
2% hydrolyzed protein
0.5% chamomile extract (optional)
0.5% fragrance or essential oil (optional)
Colour, if desired.
Put all the ingredients into a container and mix until well blended. You'll want to dissolve the chamomile extract in a tiny bit of water, alcohol, or propylene glycol before adding to this mixture.
Join me tomorrow for formulating with gels to make a thickened toner!