Natural Gels

Natural Gels

The most common gelling agent used today in cosmetic products is methacrylate polymer. This is a gel form of ‘bullet proof glass’ - plexiglass or Lexan. Not exactly what you would call natural. Methacrylate gels are benign enough – they are not toxic – but they are simply a gel form of synthetic plastic! All hair setting gels, many aloe vera “gels” and more are based on this gelling agent. It is also a very common stabilising agent in many cosmetic creams and lotions.

In contrast, Essential Therapeutics offers two natural gels that can be used to create a wide variety of beneficial preparations for topical application. There are other natural vegetable-derived gelling agents, such as xanthan gum and guar gum. However, these products do not make a suitable base gel, as they cannot accept the addition of much additional ingredients without thinning and separating. They unfortunately have a rather “slimy” consistency as well.

Amigel & Laponite Gel - Which gel is better to use - Laponite or Amigel? It is often just a matter of personal preference.

Amigel will accept a higher amount of additional ingredients, if this is required. It can also be thinned down to a more water-like consistency. Amigel also has a relatively ‘slippery’ feel on the skin.
Laponite creates a stiffer gel with a nice “astringent” feel when applied. If 15% or less of additional ingredients are to be added, Laponite is a fine choice.

Try experimenting with both gels!


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