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Old 03-07-2010, 03:57 PM   #315
Curly_Cajun_Femme
 
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Default Consistant Gel....

Ground Flax seed is wonderful and has made the differance in consistant batches for me.

I have found that using 1/4 cup ground flax seeds in 24 ounces of water makes for a more consistant end product. The emulsion starts to thicken within 5 - 7 minutes on a medium heat simmer.
One tip for easier straining is to keep the emulsion on the heat and ladle it through a cheese cloth lined fine strainer.

My last batch I added 1 teaspoon of Hemp oil after the gel cooled and WOW, my curls loved the GSL even more.

Grapefruit seed oil is a great natural preservative as is citric acid.

When using essential oils be careful which ones you add, some are very irritating & drying to skin and hair. Cinnamon, Clove, Lime are a few that are very drying.
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