With summer approaching, I wanted to share my aloe gel formulation. I did make this formulation natural. I was also able to use a natural green extract for the color, Ellam Pazchai Light Green Water Soluble Powder. For full disclosure, the Ellam Pazchai Light Green Water Soluble Powder (not an affiliate link)was sent to me for free from Essential Whole Sale and Labs. This formulation is quite basic. You can alter it to whatever you have. Note that with that, your choice needs to be able to handle electrolytes.
I do not recommend using just straight aloe powder in a formulation. If you can calculate the right amount in your formula and then also be able to weigh in with your batch size, then great. If not, I recommend making an aloe vera stock solution and using that. It is just drilled water, 200x concentration aloe vera juice concentrate, and a preservative. I have a whole blog post about it on the diamond level blog. You can also just buy aloe vera juice from a supplier.
Sanitize all your equipment, containers, and workspace. Gather all your ingredients and make sure that your notebook is set up. In a glass beaker, add all your phase A ingredients. Stir until the ingredients are uniform. In a separate beaker or glass prep cup, add phase . Sitting until completely combined, add phase B into A, while stirring. Stir until combined and then stir for an additional 10 minutes. This will ensure that the xanthan gum is fully hydrated. After that pour into final packaging. Be sure to label and date your latest formulation
Adjusting pH (Dilution Method): Get two beakers; one will be used as our washing beaker, and the other will be used to make the dilutions. The main thing with making dilutions is you want to make enough that the probe can be covered. You can weigh out 1 gram of product and 9 grams of distilled water to make a 10% dilution. Or you can weigh out 2 grams of product and then 18 grams of distilled water. Get your pH meter out and rinse with distilled water into the other beaker I had you get. Dry off the meter with a lint-free product. Mix it well and take the pH. If you are using strips, do not make a diluted solution no matter the viscosity; or the pH will be way off. Do not put the strips directly into the product. Even if you are taking the pH of the product directly, you want to add your product into a separate beaker. Wait for the reading to be stable, take a note of the pH, and discard the Sample after. Then put the product on the scale and tare it. Add 0.10g either the 50:50 citric acid solution (to lower the pH), the sodium hydroxide (to raise the pH), or TEA (to raise the pH of the product). Stir well, then wait at least 1 minute before making another dilution. Keep repeating the process until you get the desired pH. You will be surprised how much it may take. I recommend making a bigger batch than you want so you can account for that.
Substitutions and Alterations:
Substituting ingredients will change the final feel, viscosity, and overall effect of final product. percentages and formulating procedure may need to change with substitutions. These substitution suggestions are just suggestions and have not been tested to work.
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