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(EX. VAT) 100 g £7.39
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Sucragel AOF

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100% natural emulsifier and oil thickener based on sugar esters.

A clear, yellow liquid with a slight aroma. 100% vegetable origin combining non palm-derived glycerin sourced from the nut oil of the Karanja tree, sweet almond oil, water from  oranges and sugar esters. All plant sources are non GMO and it is PEG free. Readily biodegradable.

Ingredients ratio of Sucragel AOF;
Glycerin 50 - 60%
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil 25 - 35%
Sucrose Laurate 5 - 8%
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Water 1 - 5%

It makes oil in water (O/W) emulsions as an emulsifier but also thickens oils to give a thick gel texture.

Although this emulsifier contains water, it does not need a preservative in this state as the ratio of water to glycerine keeps the product protected.

When it is used with fats only, it still does not need a preservative.

As soon as you add water though, you need to include a preservative.

It is sensitive to pH extremes and is stable between pH4 to pH8.

Produced in the UK which gives it a lower carbon footprint.

Inci:

Glycerine, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil, Sucrose laurate, Aqua.
The individual materials that make up Sucragel AOF are listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing) here.
Skin Care
A gelée made with Sucragel AOF gives continual skin hydration for up to 8 hours after it has been applied.

Glycerine is an excellent humectant that helps to keep the skin hydrated. As Sucragel AOF contains up to at least 50% glycerine, you don’t need to add any more glycerine to your formulations. By using 6% of the emulsifier, you will have 3% glycerine in your cream already.

Excellent to make rinse off cleansers and makeup removers.

Safe for sensitive skin and baby products.

Makes bath oils that emulsify into “bath blooms”.

Hair Care
It is not cationic so has very little use in hair care products.

Other
Use 6% to 99%.

Water soluble but will hold and thicken oils in an oil only blend.

Bath Bloom 99% Sucragel AOF to 1% essential oils.

Bath Serum 15% Sucragel AOF to 85% mixed oils and essential oils.

Gel Scrub 25% Sucragel AOF to 70% mixed oils and essential oils plus 5% exfoliant.

If using solid fats or butters, melt first and combine with other heat tolerant oils before combining with the Sucragel AOF. Heat safe up to 80°C. Use a double boiler and do not heat higher than this as it will damage the sugar in the emulsifier.

Do not combine with salts as an exfoliant as this will cause the emulsifier to separate.

Finished products made with Sucragel AOF should be kept above pH 4.5 and below pH 8 or to ensure the emulsion remains stable.

To make an oily gelée, stir the Sucragel AOF so that it starts to go slightly opaque.

Combine ALL of the fat/oil ingredients and mix together to be consistent. A typical ratio would be 25% Sucragel AOF to 75% mixed oils.

Add a small amount to the Sucragel AOF whilst stirring quickly. The mixed oils will be absorbed into the emulsifier like a sponge. An electric mixer with a spiral dough hook is excellent for this. We have found that a stick blender is too fast.

Continue to add small amounts of oil and stir in until all ingredients are absorbed. The gelée should thicken more after every oil addition.

The higher the ratio of the Sucragel AOF that is used, the thinner the resulting oily gelée will be.

To make a cream texture, water needs to be added. When the oily gelée is mixed with water, it emulsifies immediately into a very thin, runny milk. It loses all texture. Therefore, to get texture in a cream, you need to add thickened water (a gel) to the oily gelée. The resulting cream will be a little looser than the thickness of the water gel you added.

Suggested Blends
Excellent for using heat sensitive oils like Kiwi Seed and Rosehip Seed Oil  that cannot normally be emulsified by using heated methods.

Cautions/Contraindications
None.
Basic Oil Gelée
Stage 1: (room temperature)

75% Vegetable Oils of your choice

Stage 2: (room temperature)
25% Sucragel AOF
100% Total

Method:

Combine all Stage 1 (fat stage) materials together.

Start stirring the Sucragel AOF with a spatula until it goes slightly opaque.

Add a small amount of the Stage 1 oil blend. and stir into the Sucragel AOF until it is fully absorbed.

Keep adding more oil a little at a time. Do not add a large amount in one go. It must be fully incorporated after each addition by stirring.

When all ingredients are fully incorporated, jar and label.


Basic Lotion Crème
Stage 1: (room temperature)

16% White Poppy Seed Oil
1.5% Vitamin E
1% Essential Oils of your choice

Stage 2: (room temperature)
6% Sucragel AOF

Stage 3: (room temperature)
74% Spring Water
1% Preservative 12
0.5% Konjac Glucomannan Powder
100% Total

Method:

Sprinkle the Konjac onto the water and preservative in Stage 3. Stick blend until smooth and then set aside to allow it time to swell and expand.

Combine all Stage 1 (fat stage) materials together.

Start stirring the Sucragel AOF with a spatula until it goes slightly opaque.

Add a small amount of the Stage 1 oil blend and stir into the Sucragel AOF until it is fully absorbed.

Keep adding more oil a little at a time. Do not add a large amount in one go. It must be fully incorporated after each addition by stirring.

When all Stage 1 fats are fully incorporated, add a little of the Stage 3 gel. Stir and add a little more. Continue adding more gel this way.

When all the ingredients have been combined, bottle and label.


For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.

These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters. The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
 
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