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BASIC GEL FORMULA WITH HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE (Speedy Version)

In the previous post of how to make the Basic Gel with HEC, I have shown you that you can make it with just 4 main ingredients. It is easy, especially for beginners to make. However, the whole manufacturing process is long.


In this post, I will show you how to speed-up the gelling process of HEC to just a few minutes. If you want to understand HEC a little bit more, please read it on our ingredient section here.



HOW TO SPEED UP THE GELLING TIME OF HEC

To speed up the gelling time, all you need is to adjust the pH of your mixture. You need 2 pH adjusters, one to increase the pH and one to decrease the pH. Absolutely easy.



FORMULA

If you have made skincare product in the past, you would have noticed the term “qs”. For those who have never made skincare product, “qs” is an abbreviation for Quantum satis / sufficit and it means 'add as much of this ingredient as is needed to achieve the desired result, but not more.’ This is mostly used to adjust pH where you will add acid or base until you reach a certain pH and the amount may vary from batch to batch. It is also used for base formulations (such as water) where the preservative or fragrance is unknown, since it depends on which preservatives or fragrances are used.



Basic Gel Formula (Speedy Version)

This is a simple basic formula with just 4 main ingredients, with a twist. Absolutely easy for someone who is new in formulation.


Basic Gel Formula (Speedy Version)



Procedure


Step 1

First, clean your work area, tools and container with rubbing alcohol. Wear a disposable gloves and face mask.


Step 2

Start by weighing Phase A (glycerine and gum) in a container and mix well.


Step 3

Then, weigh Phase B (distilled water) and add slowly to Phase A.

Stir until Hydroxyethylcellulose is dispersed.


Step 4

Check the pH and at this point, the pH is approximately around 6-6.5. Adjust the pH to 8.5 or higher by using arginine or sodium hydroxide solution. Continue to stir. It takes only a few minutes for gel to form instead of 50 minutes.


Step 5

Then, check the pH again and adjust to be between 5 – 5.5 by using a citric acid solution.


Step 6

Finally, add preservative to your mixture and mix well. Check the pH again. Adjust if necessary.


Step 7

Pour your mixture into a suitable container.



Don't forget to look out for our next post on how to expand this basic gel formula to include more skin-loving ingredients.



Happy learning!






SUPPLIERS

First and foremost, let me be very clear that the supplier’s list provided here is a courtesy to you, so that it is easier for you to find the ingredients and make the product. I am not associated with them, nor do I benefit in any way if you purchase from any of the companies listed. Please feel free to find ingredients elsewhere if you like. The ingredients that I used since I started my formulation journey were purchased by me and few were given to me by my close formulator friends.



US

www.formulatorsampleshop.com

Hydroxyethylcellulose (grade not stated)

Geogard ECT

Glycerine

Citric acid


www.lotioncrafter.com

Hydroxyethylcellulose (Natrosol 250 HHR)

Glycerine

Citric acid



CANADA

www.pureblendnaturals.com

Hydroxyethylcellulose (type not stated)

Glycerine

Sodium hydroxide

Citric acid


www.soapandmore.ca

Hydroxyethylcellulose (type not stated)

Preservative Eco

Glycerine

Sodium hydroxide

Citric acid



UK

www.aromantic.co.uk

Preservative Eco

Glycerine

Citric acid


www.thesoapkitchen.co.uk

Glycerine

Citric acid

Sodium hydroxide


www.bayhousearomatics.com

Preservative Eco

Glycerine

Citric acid


www.theformulary.co.uk

Hydroxyethylcellulose (Natrosol 250 HHR)


www.messysupplies.com

Hydroxyethylcellulose (available in various types including Natrosol 250 HHR)


www.vibenationchemicals.com

Hydroxyethylcellulose (available in various types including Natrosol 250 HHR)



AUSTRALIA

www.newdirections.com.au

Hydroxyethylcellulose (higher viscosity)

Plantaserv M

Glycerine

Citric acid

Arginine


www.trulux.com.au

Hydroxyethylcellulose (Natrosol 250 HHR)

Geogard ECT

Glycerine



THAILAND / MALAYSIA / INDONESIA

www.shopee.com

Hydroxyethylcellulose (available in various types including Natrosol 250 HHR)

Geogard ECT

Glycerine

Arginine / Sodium hydroxide

Citric acid



EU

www.glamourcosmetics.it

Hydroxyethylcellulose (low and high viscosity)

Glycerine

Sodium hydroxide

Citric acid


www.alexmo-cosmetics.de

Hydroxyethylcellulose (different type)

Preservative Eco

Glycerine

Arginine

Citric acid


www.shop.skinchakra.eu

Glycerine

Arginine



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