Sunday, January 17, 2010

Shower jelly challenge: Can't find carageenan

So Susan posted a challenge to duplicate Lush's shower jellies, and I tried it. It didn't go well. I am fairly sure the carageenan is the key - but I can't find any! I've been to beer making shops and health food stores, and no one carries it. I did find agar, but Susan recommended against this.

Does anyone have any idea where to find carageenan? I live in the Fraser Valley - if you have something local that would be great (I'm willing to drive as far as North Vancouver to find it!), but if I have to order it within North America, I will!

I'm dying to get on with this challenge, so please, share your supplier information!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about using unflavored gelatin? Seems to me I saw a YouTube video on someone's attempt to make the Lush Jelly and this is what they used..... just a thought.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I see the gelatind did not work (original post).

Anonymous said...

It's also known as Irish moss, you might have better luck looking locally for that name.

Anonymous said...

Mountain Rose Herb in Oregon has Irish Moss in cut and powder form. FYI

Anonymous said...

I'm dying for you to get on with it too...lol. I'd love to see a recipe that works. You have the best blog! Thanks for your efforts. No clue about the ingredient though. :(

madpiano said...

Only place I could find it (outside China) is Australia...

http://www.aussiesoapsupplies.com.au/Carrageenan-Powder-pr-492.html

Anonymous said...

You can try here:
http://www.soapandmore.com/cart/product.php?productid=522&cat=0&page=1

Good luck!
Jacinthe

Petra said...

I bought this, I just haven't had a chance to "play" with it yet...

http://www.herbco.com/c-329-irish-moss.aspx

Michele said...

Here's a whole other way to go about obtaining it: Carageenan is used for marbling designs on paper and fabrics. Places that sell it for this purpose would include Dharma Trading and Dick Blick...I don't know if there are different grades, but one of the manufacturers, Jacquard, has pretty good customer service and would probably be able to answer your questions as to whether it could be used for your jelly.

Jane said...

Hi, I am new to following your blog and I have to say how much I LOVE it. I did try to make a jelly using Irish Moss and it did work - although I also threw in oatmeal flour and it made the final result more like a lotion bar/jelly. I got my Irish Moss at a local herb shop, but they do take orders online (not sure where they ship, though): leavesandroots.com

Anonymous said...

hi, love your blog!
I tried dirty's recipe with a bit less surfactant and 2% carrageenan, it works beautifully! firm clear jelly at room temp. I found the carrageenan at a local art/restauration supply shop. and yes it is irish moss but then you'd get the iota carrageenan not the kappa. Working with it means heating the 2% in your water/glycerin mix up to 70 C and then stirring in *very* gently the surfactant (i use a fluid one), otherwise you'll get solid foam. Also nice but not the product you're aiming for. Hope that helps!

Tara (not the same T in your blog) said...

Ponte Vedra Soap Shoppe http://pvsoap.com/homepage.htm

They are US based and they have IOTA carrageenan. I haven't ordered from them.

Tara (not the same T in your blog) said...

and brambleberry has a jelly soap base (It has surfactants in the ingredients).