How to make basic oily gel?
We placed this recipe in the advanced category because you must be patient when completing the initial steps to make a successful emulsion. If this is not done well, it will be difficult (or even impossible) to make a proper oily gel.
As we explained above, the sucragel can be used to make all of the products described in this article (basic gel or make-up remover, three types of exfoliator, and shaving gel). The following chart shows the quantities you will need depending on how many products you wish to make – each recipe will make enough to fill one 120 ml. tottle bottle. If you plan to make just one product (e.g., an exfoliant), use the amounts in column 1. For two products (e.g., make-up remover + exfoliant), use the amounts in column 2, and so on.
|Ingredients||%||1 recipe (1 tottle bottle)||2 recipes (2 tottle bottles)||3 recipes (3 tottle bottles)|
|120 grams of gel||240 grams of gel||360 grams of gel|
|Sucragel||20%||24 g||48 g||72 g|
|Sunflower seed oil||40%||48 g||96 g||144 g|
|Apricot oil||20%||24 g||48 g||72 g|
|Fractionated coconut oil||20%||24 g||48 g||72 g|
N.B.: We suggest using a blend of oils, but you can use just one. Choose an oil that stores well (does not grow rancid too quickly).
- 2 large stainless steel bowls
- Electric egg beater
- Scale accurate to 1 g.
- 1 3 ml plastic pipette (very important!)
- 1 mini spatula
- 1 to 3 120 ml tottle bottles (that keep water out when used in the shower)
NB: If you don’t have an electric egg beater, you can still make this recipe, but it will be hard work, and it may take you twice as long to make the emulsion.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and sterilize your equipment and workspace.
- In a large stainless steel bowl, weigh the sucragel.
- In the 250 ml cup, weigh the vegetable oils.
- With the egg beater, whip the sucragel until it turns white.
- Add a half-pipette of the oil mixture to the sucragel.
- Whip with the egg beater for approximately 20 seconds.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 several times, scraping the sides of the bowl with the spatula to make sure everything is well blended.
- Repeat steps 4 to 6 until the opaque white liquid has become thicker and more translucent, but still has a whitish colour.
- The mixture will eventually acquire the texture of a gel. It will be more transparent and will retain its shape when you stop whipping it.
- It’s now time to start gradually adding more oil – add one pipette-full at a time while continuing to whip with the egg beater.
- When almost all the oil has been added, your gel should be firmer, harder, thicker, and more transparent.
- You can now start slowly pouring in the rest of the oil, continuing to whip until it is completely blended. You should now have a translucent, homogeneous mixture with an elastic texture. Over the coming days, it will become more and more transparent.
- If you wish to divide the gel to test various exfoliants, keep reading. If not, pour the gel into your sterilized tottle bottle.
How to fill the bottle
- Take a Ziploc-type plastic bag, open it, and place it in a glass.
- Fold the sides of the bag over the mouth of the glass.
- Using a clean spoon, spoon the gel into the bag.
- Close the bag, squeezing out as much air as possible.
- Cut off a corner of the bag.
- Remove the black stopper from the Tottle bottle (by pulling and turning at the same time) and squeeze the bottle to remove some of the air.
- Place the cut corner of the bag over the opening of the bottle and squeeze the bag.
- It sometimes helps to tap the bottle gently to help the gel drop down inside the bottle.
- Squeeze the bottle to remove the air before replacing the corner of the bag over the mouth of the bottle and continue filling.
- Replace the stopper, and you’re done!
Squeeze a small amount of gel into the palm of your hand and massage into your skin. Rinse.
NB : If you wish to make a smaller quantity, reduce the quantities of oil accordingly. For example, to make half the basic recipe, add just half the amount of oil.