Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Carbomers and Hair Gels
In formulating a natural gel recipe, it is challenging to get the desired consistency without the use of carbomer. If you are trying to make a gel would you use carbomer? What is a carbomer you ask? According to cosmeticsinfo.org, a carbomer is "a term used for a series of polymers primarily made from acrylic acid. The Carbomers are white, fluffy powders but are frequently used as gels in cosmetics and personal care products. Carbomers can be found in a wide variety of product types including skin, hair, nail, and makeup products, as well as dentifrices." Carbomers are deemed safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel and are designed to help distribute or suspend an insoluble solid in a liquid while holding all ingredients together; a way to maintain consistency. I repeat this ingredient has been labeled as a safe ingredient. If it's safe and it works, why not use it? Would you use a gel with carbomer in it? My guess is yes since most gels on the market contain carbomer, along with many other products. Well, I took interest in Carbomer because it's in every gel I have ever purchased and loved. Also, I am trying to perfect my own Curli Jel-E/Puddi/Cream.