Laponite is a unique clay-based gelling agent. It is a mixture of natural earth oxides that have been milled to a fine particle size. When added to warm water at a 3% to 4% concentration a stiff, clear “ringing” gel is produced. As with Amigel, you can add additional oily ingredients – essential oils and blends, vegetable oils and so on – to create customised preparations. With Laponite Gel, you can add up to an additional 15% of oily ingredients and still have a stable, cream-like product. Laponite Gel is designed to be used as the stiff gel. It cannot be thinned down and still accept a large quantity of additional ingredients, as is the case with Amigel. It has an excellent ‘skin feel’ when applied.
Amigel & Laponite Gel - Which gel is better to use?
It is often just a matter of personal preference. Amigel will accept a higher amount of additional ingredients, if this is required. It can also be thinned down to a more water-like consistency. Amigel also has a relatively ‘slippery’ feel on the skin.
Laponite creates a stiffer gel with a nice “astringent” feel when applied. If 15% or less of additional ingredients are to be added, Laponite is a fine choice. Try experimenting with both gels!