Sclerotium Gum sclerotium rolfsii
Sclerotium Gum is a natural gum that produces an (almost instant) gel base when combined with water - its a polysaccharide produced through a fermentation process of Sclerotium rolfsii on a glucose-based medium.
It can also be used as a thickening and emulsifying agent when making creams. Add to the water phase at 0.2% - 0.5% ( usually this is enough)
Adding Sclerotium Gum reduces the amount of oil required in your oil phase, and the result will be a lighter product (think lotion rather than cream). It has natural skin smoothing and skin soothing properties, and is an excellent base for aromatherapy treatments when a gel is preferred to a lotion, cream or oil. Sclerotium Gum is also suitable to use in hair care products as a conditioning agent.
Use 0.2% - 2% ( if requiring a very thick gel) at room temps it will take some time - up to 45 mins to begin to thicken so be patient and don't over-do it.