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  • Gellyfying oil(s) - ingredients

    Posted by Zoya on July 31, 2023 at 1:34 am

    Hi Guys.

    I’m formulating an oil-to-milk cleanser and I’m trying to find the perfect additive to gellyfy the oil (vegetable oil). The formula only contains oil phase for keeping it simple. It also has to be cost-effective. I tried a few ingredients I have in hand: sorbitan olivate, polyglyceryl esters, silica, hydrogenated oil - but I’m not satisfied with the end results being not homogenous enough.

    It would be really helpful if you could give me some ideas on this topic based on your experiences - what raw materials worked best for you in gellyfying a simple oil phase? Should I consider changing my oil (vegetable oil)- could it be the problem?

    Thank you!

    Zoya replied 8 months, 4 weeks ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
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  • fareloz

    July 31, 2023 at 2:48 am

    <div>The closest product I can remember is Joko Blend Hydrophilic Cleansing Oil-Gel:</div>

    Glycerin, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Aqua, Sucrose Palmitate, Jojoba (Buxus Chinensis) Oil, Sucrose Laurate, Parfume, CI 45100.

    They use Sucragel (Sucrose Palmitate, Sucrose Laurate) to jellify the oils and make them hydrophilic. As you can see they use a blend of glycerin and oil, most likely glycerin is 50%+. It adds warming sensation on application and reduces cost.

    Sucragel is very popular with this kind of formulas (they call it oleogel).

    Some info on how to work with it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxshtfhjf-o

    And here https://www.botanicalformulations.com/blog/how-to-work-with-sucragel-oily-gels

    And another formula here https://www.womanwithmind.com/oil-cleansing-gel-using-sucragel/

    • Zoya

      August 1, 2023 at 1:27 am

      Hi fareloz,

      Thank you very much for your answer. I have actually worked with sucrose laurate in the past and I liked the results, so it’s a great idea, I give it a try in this formula too.

  • MarkBroussard

    July 31, 2023 at 8:24 am


    If you’re making an oil-to-milk cleanser, why on earth do you want to gel the oil? All that does is complicate your formula for no added benefit relative to its function.

    • fareloz

      July 31, 2023 at 10:24 am

      I assume because it might be easier or more pleasant to apply some oily gel than very think liquid oil

    • Zoya

      August 1, 2023 at 1:25 am

      Hi Mark,

      Yes, for application benefits. It’s easier and more comfortable to use a slightly thicker formula on face than in liquid form.

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