something lacking in my saffron gel

I have made a saffron gel, during making it, my questions are:

1. I lowered its PH up to 3, but do not know a suitable ingredient to increase ph apart from Baking soda( not prefer),TEA. Any other??
2. Final product is not looking glossy, transparent like a clear gel, looks as coagulation of any starch.
3. can we add Vit D oil?

Ingredients: 
Aqeuous solution of saffron
citric acid
TEA
Carober 940

Please have a look upon it..

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  • I have made a saffron gel, during making it, my questions are:

    1. I lowered its PH up to 3, but do not know a suitable ingredient to increase ph apart from Baking soda( not prefer),TEA. Any other??
    2. Final product is not looking glossy, transparent like a clear gel, looks as coagulation of any starch.
    3. can we add Vit D oil?

    Ingredients: 
    Aqeuous solution of saffron
    citric acid
    TEA
    Carober 940

    Please have a look upon it..
    Sorry, vit E
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    To get Carbomer to thicken you need to neutralize it to a higher level than pH 3.  Typically, you should use TEA at the same level of Carbomer. You might alternatively use AMP as a neutralizer.

    You have no emulsifier so adding Vitamin E will not work. It is not water soluble.

    But the more important question, what are you hoping will be the benefits this product is supposed to have?  What do you expect it to do? 

    It seems like you just want a gel. The saffron isn't likely to do anything.
  • @Perry thanks a lot for your answer. 
    Today whole world going behind the word NATURAL. If alovera gel giving some advantageous effects then other herbs also release their properties through any medium. Here I came to know, natural is nothing except a word only. This is a marketing style. Pardon me if I  am wrong. Please explain why we are unable to use natural thing for making cosmetic things?
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    I don't understand your question. You CAN use natural things for making cosmetics. The first cosmetics were made using natural things.

    But, for the most part, using natural materials to make cosmetics will lead to inferior products. The products may still work, they just don't work as well as products made using synthetically produced or modified ingredients.

    Think of it like this...a horse is a perfectly natural and effective way to get from one place to another. But a car is obviously superior for almost every instance in modern society.

    Synthetic ingredients in cosmetics have replaced their inferior rivals because synthetic things just work better. Of course sometimes the story of something being natural will be more important than the performance of the product. But if you are looking to make the best working products, you'll need synthetic ingredients to accomplish that.
  • @Perry ; Thanks Perry  for your explanation with fantastic example. Now I am much clear about it.
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