a gelled toner, and figured we could make one at home using carbomers. The big difference between making a regular, liquid toner and a gelled toner will be eliminating stickier ingredients because we won't be removing it from our skin.
What kinds of things would we want to put in a gelled toner? This is the perfect place to include all kinds of water soluble ingredients like our cosmeceuticals and extracts. We have to be particular about using humectants, as they can often be sticky, and proteins.
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I thought I'd make a basic one for my oily skin with a few different ingredients. I think this basic version would be nice for oily skin and for acne prone skin. As with any product, I want to start off with a few things in it so I can figure out what I like and don't like about it. I'm going to include witch hazel to offer moisturizing and astringency, chamomile hydrosol because I want to soothe my skin and reduce redness, and white willow bark liquid because I want something that will help with my break outs.
We'll be making this version by making up a gel first (click here for the process), then we'll add the liquid ingredients. We aren't adding more preservative because I used it in the gel, which means we have 0.35% liquid Germall Plus, a nice number within the suggested usage rate of 0.1% to 0.5%. (The math is that I used 0.5 grams in 100 grams of gel, so when I use 70 grams of gel, it contains 0.35 grams liquid Germall Plus. 0.5 x 70 = 0.35 grams.)
GELLED TONER #1
70% pre-made gel (thick version)
10% witch hazel
10% chamomile hydrosol
5% white willow bark
Weigh all the ingredients into a container. Mix well. Package.
The only real downside of this toner is that I thought it was a little thin. There are a few things I could do about this. I could put in less liquid - let's say 5% of each thing instead of 10% - or I could make the gel from scratch using the liquids instead of water.
Join me tomorrow as we take a look at making a gelled toner from scratch instead of using a pre-neutralized carbomer!
Other posts in this series:
One ingredient, five products: Gels
One ingredient, five products: Gels - making an aloe vera gel
One ingredient, five products: Gels - making an eye gel
One ingredient, five products: Gels - making a gelled toner (part one)