Making a Clear Gel with Carbomer

Carbomer Base
Carbomer is a polymer that will swell when in contact with water. It can be used to thicken the water for a lotion or making a gel base for a skin serum or hair styling.
Carbomer will thicken when the pH is around neutral. A neutral pH is 7.
Carbomer by nature is acidic and the water needs to be neutral or it will not thicken.
Only a small amount of Carbomer is needed (0.2-0.5%) to make a thick gel.
Add distilled water into a glass beaker (200g) and test the water for it's pH (our distilled water here has a pH of 6). Add a neutralizing agent such as TEA (triethanolamine) to increase the pH to neutral (ph7), which is the dark green color (3 drops were added for this quantity).
Stir well.
Add Carbomer (0.8g) and mix well with a sheer mixer, homogenizer or like here with a stick blender, take your time until fully hydrated. It will start to thicken instantly.
This is now a good base to add additional ingredients such as PVP for making a medium hold hair gel or active ingredients for making a serum gel.
Carbomer is an all-around easy thickener, non tacky, simple with no rub-off. We love it!
Ingredients used:
Distilled Water
TEA (Triethanolamide)
Carbomer
pH Indicator roll
For more information on the Carbomer Base visit our website at www.makingcosmetics.com

Commenti

  • amit deshmukh
    amit deshmukh

    I m making air freshener gel by using carbomer gel. But when I try to mix fragrance gel become milky. Please help me out

    20 giorni fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Are you using essential oils? Oils will turn the gel opaque. You may try one of these: www.makingcosmetics.com/Fragrances_c_52.html

    19 giorni fa
  • -EM-
    -EM-

    You should be teached and not teach. Don't move that beaker around to homogenize, use a spatula or a stirring rod. Carbomer is added before increasing the pH! In this way carbomer can be dispersed in water first and than the pH is increased to form the gel.

    3 mesi fa
  • Lakshani Thanuri Gunawardhana
    Lakshani Thanuri Gunawardhana

    If we make aloe vera gel, turmeric gel, rose gel using this method and using this chemicals how long could i keep this in the room temperature ? I mean for how many months can we keep this ib the room temperature ? Plz reply me

    3 mesi fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    You need to add a preservative like phenoxyethanol-SA (www.makingcosmetics.com/Phenoxyethanol-SA_p_243.html)

    3 mesi fa
  • Yerson Grández Aguilar
    Yerson Grández Aguilar

    why its not as clear as another gel like gel antibacterial purell ?

    4 mesi fa
  • priya pallavi
    priya pallavi

    Instead of tea wt we can use ?

    5 mesi fa
  • Dr. Charah T. Watson
    Dr. Charah T. Watson

    Sodium hydroxide. Make a very low concentration solution of NaOH.

    4 mesi fa
  • Sheba Adlawan
    Sheba Adlawan

    Hi, great video! Is this safe for ingestion? Planning to use this as a base for my lip and cheek tint product. Planning to add cucumber extract as well. What should be the ideal ratio?

    6 mesi fa
  • Sheba Adlawan
    Sheba Adlawan

    @MakingCosmetics Thanks! Yeah, just for lip products. But sometimes small amounts can be ingested, especially for people who have the habit of licking their lips. Is it safe to be ingested in small amounts?

    6 mesi fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    No, this is for external use only but not ingestion. Lips are ok. Extracts are typically added at 5-0%

    6 mesi fa
  • Helena Lohman
    Helena Lohman

    Do you need an emulsifier to mix this gel with oil or silicones?

    7 mesi fa
  • Hemalatha Lakshmanan
    Hemalatha Lakshmanan

    hi i made wine gel with carbomer and wine in place of water and it was quiet thivk.and transparent. but when i add essential oil with polysorbate 20 and phenoxy ethanol the gel becomes opaque. how to get a clear gel?

    7 mesi fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Once oils and an emulsifier are added to the water, an emulsion is formed which almost always turns the mixture to an opaque gel. There is no way to make it clear again.

    7 mesi fa
  • Waghu farhan
    Waghu farhan

    Hello mam, need help please mail me at waghufarhan@gmail.com

    8 mesi fa
  • LA Lim
    LA Lim

    Hi. Did you dilute triethanolamine?

    8 mesi fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    No, triethanolamine as added undiluted but only dropwise.

    8 mesi fa
  • Imtiaz Londia
    Imtiaz Londia

    Thanks for your reply

    8 mesi fa
  • Imtiaz Londia
    Imtiaz Londia

    Can carbomer be used to make fabric softener

    8 mesi fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    We don't have any information about that. We specialize in cosmetics only.

    8 mesi fa
  • jatiherbs marketing
    jatiherbs marketing

    How to make gel very thick like ointment? Tq

    8 mesi fa
  • Jawaid Afreedi
    Jawaid Afreedi

    how do I make christal clear sanitizer with carbomer and Alchohol

    9 mesi fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Follow the steps as shown above in the video and replace some of the water with alcohol.

    9 mesi fa
  • Kelcan Wright
    Kelcan Wright

    Can Aloe Vera juice be use in place of the water?

    9 mesi fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Yes, that could work as long as the pH can be elevated.

    9 mesi fa
  • Arshad Ali
    Arshad Ali

    How the hair Styling Wax is Made

    10 mesi fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    You can find recipes here: www.makingcosmetics.com/Hair-Styling-Formulas_ep_92.html

    10 mesi fa
  • אשד חקלאי
    אשד חקלאי

    can I make gel with high pH (14+) with carbomer?

    10 mesi fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    We haven't tried that. It could work but a pH of 14 would irritate/damage the skin.

    10 mesi fa
  • Chirag Bhargav
    Chirag Bhargav

    wow, this was really one of the best and most direct videos I found. I'd like to ask your advice, I am making ultrasound jel which one of the following preservatives would you suggest? DEHYDROACETIC ACID & BENZYL ALCOHOL PHENOXYETHANOL & ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN or SODIUM BENZOATE & POTASSIUM SORBATE ?

    10 mesi fa
  • Chirag Bhargav
    Chirag Bhargav

    This is Ultrasound Gel

    11 mesi fa
  • nurul husna
    nurul husna

    Thanks for share this video 😍 may I ask? Can I put the preservative AFTER make a serum from this carbomer base?

    11 mesi fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Yes, that should be possible.

    11 mesi fa
  • Rita Brown
    Rita Brown

    Hello! What preservative and thickener should I use on fresh aloe vera gel?

    11 mesi fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Preservatives are always added at the very end of the complete formula.

    11 mesi fa
  • Rita Brown
    Rita Brown

    @MakingCosmetics Thanks again for replying. Do I preserve the fresh aloe Vera gel before I include it into the recipe do to the texture?

    11 mesi fa
  • Rita Brown
    Rita Brown

    @MakingCosmetics Thank you!

    11 mesi fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    You could use xanthan gum as thickener and phenoxyethanol as preservative

    11 mesi fa
  • Marius Chirita
    Marius Chirita

    Hi, wondering if you know a way to make a very thick gel - I am trying to make some home lure scent and it needs to be quite thick to stay on the lure for a few casts. If you put more carbomer, will it get thicker ?

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    You'd have to test it whether salt and/or garlic may influence the viscosity

    Anno fa
  • Marius Chirita
    Marius Chirita

    @MakingCosmetics thanks for quick answer. Also if I put salt and garlic in the water, do you think it will affect the gel in any way ? Do you know other ways to make very thick gels ?

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    By adding more carbomer you can make the gel thicker only to a certain degree. There will be a saturation point where all water is used up and any additional carbomer will only make the gel crumbly.

    Anno fa
  • joanne Thompson
    joanne Thompson

    i love this

    Anno fa
  • hamada rashad awad
    hamada rashad awad

    Please can you write components in screen when you speaking

    Anno fa
  • zahirah871
    zahirah871

    Hai. Can i use this steps to make a bird's nest serum?

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    I don't know what a "bird's nest serum" consist of...

    Anno fa
  • Kyla Ebuenga
    Kyla Ebuenga

    can i use it in lip and cheek tint to become a gel based?

    Anno fa
  • Kyla Ebuenga
    Kyla Ebuenga

    you can make a organic lip and cheek tint?😍

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Yes, that should be possible depending on the type of additional ingredients used.

    Anno fa
  • Kyla Ebuenga
    Kyla Ebuenga

    MakingCosmetics you have a video making lip tint and cheek tint?? thanks for the answer😘

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    That depends on the type of formula you are using.

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Yes, sodium hydroxide should work too

    Anno fa
  • Otowneecee
    Otowneecee

    Organic Touch I tried it with baking soda. It was a flop. I didn’t have have time to wait for the TEA to come in the mail, so I used a few squirts of an aloe gel that already had TEA in it. That did the trick.

    10 mesi fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    We haven't tried it. Theoretically, it should work.

    Anno fa
  • Organic Touch
    Organic Touch

    MakingCosmetics can I use Baking soda?

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Table salt won't work. The key is to bring the pH up. So, you have to use either TEA (www.makingcosmetics.com/Triethanolamine_p_280.html) or NaOH

    Anno fa
  • Tamara Gleaves
    Tamara Gleaves

    Im sorry, do you mean like I can use Table Salt or real NaOH that we're use for soap making? I want to use the Carbomer in a hair cream.

    Anno fa
  • Nahla Naeim
    Nahla Naeim

    Thank you for the wounderful video ... can i use sodium hydroxinde to make the PH higher instead of TEA ???

    Anno fa
  • cut maya sari
    cut maya sari

    Emulgen T better than

    11 mesi fa
  • Fanta Kaba
    Fanta Kaba

    Can this be used without any form of water but instead oils? Will it still have a gel consistency if mixed with oil instead of water?

    Anno fa
  • Fanta Kaba
    Fanta Kaba

    Oh Okay, thank you! I am looking for a substance that will create a gel consistency when added to oil, would have anything that'll do that? Thank You <3

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    No, carbomer doesn't work with oil but only water. However, you can add an emulsifier and then add oils or butters. Thereby, you are making an emulsion (cream or lotion).

    Anno fa
  • craig020877
    craig020877

    Hi everyone. I keep trying this formula but I keep finding that my gel is just absolutely full of air bubbles that just do not go and a cloudy colour!!!I have tried different speeds still the same. Please help someone! Its driving me Insane! Thanks

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    If you use a hand mixer make sure that the mixer head is completely submerged in the liquid. If the mixer head is kept on the surface it will incorporate air.

    Anno fa
  • Windha Soe
    Windha Soe

    How much ideal PH for gel base? And what the difference between carbomer 940 with the other carbomer non 940?

    Anno fa
  • Windha Soe
    Windha Soe

    MakingCosmetics thank you so much :-!

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Carbomer 940 is widely used (www.makingcosmetics.com/carbomer-940_p_305.html)

    Anno fa
  • Windha Soe
    Windha Soe

    MakingCosmetics which one the best carbomer recommend for skin face?

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    The pH is ideally in the range of 7-8 for carbomer. There are various carbomers available. They all need a high pH but differ in their viscosity.

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Please click on the 'SHOW MORE' link above to see the entire recipe

    Anno fa
  • Somnath Roy
    Somnath Roy

    madam please write down hole material and their quantity on below box

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    By adding glycolic acid the pH will drop significantly, so that the gel formation will likely break apart. Carbomer needs a high pH in order to form a gel.

    Anno fa
  • Febriarini Rismawati
    Febriarini Rismawati

    MakingCosmetics so TEA is to increase pH while glycolic acid is to drop it?

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Yes, you can add fragrances. The duration on how long they last on the skin depends on the type of fragrances

    Anno fa
  • Terry Hunter
    Terry Hunter

    Can I make a glycolic acid peel with this?

    Anno fa
  • Naked Snake
    Naked Snake

    Can I use this to make perfume gels? And how long do you think the fragrances will last on the skin?

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    You can integrate oils and butter into a carbomer gel but only after the gel has been formed

    Anno fa
  • wena shii
    wena shii

    Hi, is it okag to mix carbomer with shea butter? Thanks 😊

    Anno fa
  • -EM-
    -EM-

    Please use a spatula for mixing, don't do that thing of moving your hand, it is just bad when you have a beaker.

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    See my comments below. As soon as other ingredients are incorporated (e.g. oils, botanicals, etc.) the gel may become cloudy.

    Anno fa
  • Laila Roslan
    Laila Roslan

    is there any solution to make gel become clear after it became cloudy?

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    A 100% clear gel is almost always only possible if there are no other ingredients than water and carbomer. As soon as other ingredients are added (especially botanicals) the gels starts becoming opaque.

    Anno fa
  • ay. dias
    ay. dias

    Hello. I'm making carbomer gel and adding glycerin, aloe vera extract but it's not perfectly clear like crystal. It's clear but in the glass jar it look s cloudy. how can I make crystal clear gel?

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Measurements are provide in the text above (click on 'SHOW MORE" link)

    Anno fa
  • Judie Emmanuel
    Judie Emmanuel

    No measurements were given here

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    That's as clear as it gets. It never gets 100% crystal clear due to the polymerization of the carbomer.

    Anno fa
  • ada binet
    ada binet

    I want to mean, these gel it no cristal I haved to make gel antibacterial, but I dont get a cristal gel, cristal like water, i need help

    Anno fa
  • ada binet
    ada binet

    that it no clear

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Both work equally well

    Anno fa
  • cmax sports lowers
    cmax sports lowers

    Carbomer 940 or 980 which is better for alovera gel or shampoo

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    You may try to see whether it still works without TEA, but usually TEA is needed.

    2 anni fa
  • uniquesameera
    uniquesameera

    MakingCosmetics It looks like you’ve used more than 0.5% of carbomer. Is it okay to add more ?

    6 mesi fa
  • Noor Pharmacy
    Noor Pharmacy

    What is the concentration of carmbor in serum

    8 mesi fa
  • Amira
    Amira

    So if the water's ph is already in the 7 range, you don't need to add TEA?

    2 anni fa
  • Maolo Noggi
    Maolo Noggi

    how much and what type of preservative should be used?

    2 anni fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Regarding your other question, yes you can add alcohol for example, as it's used in hand sanitizers. If used above 20% you may not need a preservative, but proper microbial testing will need to be done and it depends on the alcohol as well.

    2 anni fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Hi, you can use phenoxyethanol/SA for example for a pH up to 6.5. www.makingcosmetics.com/Phenoxyethanol-SA_p_243.html

    2 anni fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Just follow the instruction in the video to make a clear carbomer gel.

    2 anni fa
  • Saw Han
    Saw Han

    how can i do crystal clear gel with carbomar.....

    2 anni fa
  • Saw Han
    Saw Han

    TQ sir

    Anno fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Proper neutralization (adjusting the pH to about 6-7) will give a clear gel. We also have a quick dissolving carbomber now, that will mix and dissolve a bit faster just be stirring very well. You will still need to neutralize it using TEA or Sodium Hydroxide solution (pH 6-7) to fully hydrate it and make it clear. www.makingcosmetics.com/Carbomer-980-QD_p_620.html

    2 anni fa
  • IAmJustJack
    IAmJustJack

    Is it not possible for a Carbomer gel to have a pH of 5.5?

    2 anni fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Most carbomer powder start thickening only at a pH of 6 or higher, but you can certainly try to lower it 5.5 or even 5 and see whether the gel still holds up.

    2 anni fa
  • Ooooh Metra!
    Ooooh Metra!

    May I use Optiphen plus or liquid germ all plus with this?

    2 anni fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Yes, you can use Optiphen plus or Germall

    2 anni fa
  • Ah Ha
    Ah Ha

    Hi~ I would like to know what body safe chemical can be used to make essential oil and water for example clear. Trying to make a clear linen spray. Thank you~

    2 anni fa
  • Ah Ha
    Ah Ha

    I appreciate your response~ thank you!

    2 anni fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    Polysorbate 20 is a very popular solubilizer for essential oils for example, and it gives pretty clear to slightly hazy solutions. However the higher content of essential oils the higher the chance it will get a bit cloudy. Use the polysorbate 20 in proportion to the essential oils - eg. if using 0.5% essential oils use 0.5% polysorbate 20 solubilizer.

    2 anni fa
  • Chris R
    Chris R

    Why not slurry it, so u avoid fisheyes and bubbles?

    2 anni fa
  • mslataprada1
    mslataprada1

    With your ICE Hair Gel mix, would I have to test the PH balance of Bottled Distilled water in order for it to gel?

    2 anni fa
  • mslataprada1
    mslataprada1

    No, I'll just be adding the water. I ordered it, thank you very much for responding : )

    2 anni fa
  • MakingCosmetics
    MakingCosmetics

    ICE Hair Gel mix should thicken with any distilled water, you don't have to test the pH of the water. However depending on the additional ingredients you're adding it's good to test the pH at the end and make adjustments. Often an emulsion is separating because of a pH too low or too high.

    2 anni fa