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Make an Irish Moss Gel

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The term "seaweed" encompasses many different plants. Seaweed is known in the cosmetics industry for its ability to soften and smooth skin, and also because it contains an extraordinary concentration of minerals. Although there are many different kinds of seaweed available, the two most readily obtainable for the home cosmetics crafter are irish moss and kelp.

Irish moss, also known as carrageenan, is used in skin care preparations for its soothing properties and gelling ability. It is often sold as a dried powder that contains some impurities like sand.

Kelp is used is cosmetics because of its high concentration of minerals. It is often sold as a powder in health food stores. The kelp that is sold is usually food grade, so it is suitable for use as is, or you can grind it into a finer powder if you want.

Making Irish Moss Gel
Irish moss has to be treated before you can use it in your cosmetics. To make an irish moss gel follow these instructions:
  • Place 1 tbsp. of irish moss powder in the top pot of a double boiler.
  • Add 2 cups of cold distilled water. Stir well.
  • Let sit for 15 minutes.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Turn the heat down to a simmer.
  • Stirring gently, cook for about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Being careful not to burn yourself, strain through cheesecloth.
  • Put the gel in a container and let cool.
You will have a gel that you can use in your cosmetics.

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