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Bindu
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« on: April 27, 2013, 04:15:46 AM »

Hi all,
I made an aloe gel with cellulose gum and added preservative and lactic acid. By mistake i added too much lactic acid and ph is 4.5.
So i cant use it for skin care. And next best idea is to soap.

And the gel is of runny consistency, and I wanted to know if cellulose gum in the gel would cause any problems when mixing lye.
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« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2013, 02:02:16 AM »

I finally made 1 pound batch with my aloe gel, the only fear i had was that lye crystals may not dissolve, but it gradually dissolved forming white fibers.
But when i added lye to oils and stick blended, everything became smooth and nice.

So its OK to soap with aloe gel as long as it is not too thick to stir.
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« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2013, 09:39:19 AM »

Thanks for the feedback Bindu!
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2013, 10:26:02 AM »

I have used Aloe Gel often in my soaps, both CP and HP, and have never had any problems. I love the feel it gives my soap. It does stink when you mix the gel and lye, but that goes away and does not affect the soap. I just bought a new gallon jug of aloe gel, and can't wait to use it!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2013, 06:33:10 PM »

I have used homegrown aloe gel with no problems, I freeze it in ice trays first and use half water, half aloe, it makes a great soap.
 I just noticed I have about 10 more baby aloes to pull out from under the momma plants, they are like rabbits, started with 1 plant 15 years ago  Grin. It's nice to finally have a use for some of my aloe.
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2013, 10:51:52 AM »

Hi CC,
I have often thought I would like to harvest my own aloe gel, but wasn't sure how to go about it. Do you slit open the aloe leaves and scoop it out? Now I'm itching to run to the store and buy an Aloe Vera plant. You're right about those plants reproducing like rabbits! LOL
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2013, 11:16:47 AM »

You Should go buy a aloe plant, They love neglect or attention, whichever. Once or twice a year they put out a beautiful flower. They will grow as big as the pot you put it in. I take a kitchen knife, cut a whole leaf close to the base, put it on my cutting board and slice off both sides that have spikes, then peel one side, and scoop out gel.
Here's a video showing this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61WCSi7OPjo
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2013, 11:43:38 AM »

Thanks CC! I love aloe Vera gel in my soaps nd lotions! And it is expensive to buy. I will definitely be trying this! Cheesy
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