As a quick note to the kind readers who have asked if I'm okay. Yes. Our town - Chilliwack - is experiencing higher than normal water levels and the parts of town outside the dike are being evacuated, but those of us in the non-flood plain part are fine. Thank you for asking! I'll let you know if my status changes!
in this post: I'm curious about the lye solution. Can I mix potassium hydroxide with water to make my own, or is this something you recommend purchasing already as a solution?
In this post on gels, I suggest making the 18% solution by mixing 18% lye (sodium hydroxided) with 82% water to make the neutralizer for the carbomer gels. I don't know much about potassium hydroxide as I don't make soaps, but I think you could try the same thing with it to neutralize your gels. If it works, let us know! If it doesn't, let us know!
As an aside, I need more time to work with the caprylyl/capryl glucoside because as of today I'm really not a fan of it. I spilled a little on the glass on my workshop bench, and it has dried into a solid sticky mess that won't clean up well with even my strongest cleansers! There are bits of paper towel all over the glass! It's not solubilizing anything very well, and it felt really sticky on my skin when I used it in a make-up remover.
And I need to start my experiments with solubilizers again because it's not going well. I think I've chosen the wrong fragrance, so I need to choose a fragrance than I know will work - perhaps the Yuzu fragrance oil because I know that worked before - and start again! (I think the issue might be that the Clementine Cupcake is a non-polar fragrance? I can't really be sure, but it's my hunch.) As you can see above, I've tried the caprylyl/capryl glucoside, polysorbate 20, polysorbate 80, and Caprol Micro Express, and none of them have worked!