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Sapogel® Q


Glycerin, Aqua, Quillaja saponaria Wood Extract, Saponaria officinalis Leaf/Root Extract

100% natural origin and palm-free oil gelling agent for balm textures. Perfect for making translucent, rich balms for modern leave-on applications. Supplied as a liquid blend.

  • 100% natural origin
  • NATRUE approved
  • Palm free
  • COSMOS Approved Natural
  • Enables the creation of palm-free balm textures without wax
  • Creates variable textures from honey to thick balms
  • Cold process manufacturing

Perfect for use in a wide range of balm applications:

  • Lip balms
  • Balm cleansers
  • Body balms
  • Scrubs, including sugar and salt
  • Face masks
  • Concentrated skin serums and creams
  • Hair/beard balms


How to use

Above: How to make a rich balm texture with Sapogel® Q
Above: How to make Vanilla Body Balm using Sapogel® Q
Above: Formulation Idea - Solid cleanser made with Sapogel® Q for effective make-up removal
Above: Formulation Idea - CBD Balm with Sapogel® Q
Above: Formulation Idea - Baby Massage Balm


Q: Is Sapogel® Q compatible with surfactants?

A: Sapogel® Q is not compatible with most surfactants.

Q: Is Sapogel® Q compatible with enzymes?

A: Yes. Sapogel® Q is not susceptible to degradation by enzymes.

Q: Is Sapogel® Q compatible with acids?

A: Yes. Acids can be incorporated into the balms.

Q: Which oils are compatible with Sapogel® Q?

A: Sapogel® Q is ideal for gelling polar oils. High levels of non-polar oils in a gel made with Sapogel® Q can result in poor pick up and instability.

Q: Can Sapogel® Q be used in Haircare?

A: According to scientific literature, Quillaja saponins have good anti-inflammatory properties and as a milder surfactant are gentle with the scalp and hair. They also have anti-fungal and hair growth stimulating properties, and can be used in shampoos and hair-loss treatments.

Q: Is Sapogel® Q suitable for food application?

A: All the constituents of the blends can be ingested. Please contact us for more information.

Q: Do Sapogel® Q gels need to be preserved?

A: Gels/Balms made with Sapogel® Q normally have a low water content. Indeed, the maximum water phase we recommend in a balm is 4%. Additionally, Sapoge®l Q contains a high level of glycerine which protects it from contamination with micro-organisms by lowering the water activity. As such they normally don't need preservation, but potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate are a compatible combination if a preservative is a requirement.

Q: What powders can be used with the Sapogel® Q?

A: Plant powders and starches are fully compatible with Sapogel® Q.

Q: Are gels made with Sapogel® Q susceptible to vacuum?

A: We would recommend applying any vacuum gradually and not reducing the pressure to below 400mB.

Q: How much wax is it possible to use with Sapogel® Q?

A: Sapogel® Q can be used with up to 60% of low melting point waxes likes butters and up to 5% of high melting point waxes.

Q: Which oils are best for creating an opaque or transparent system?

A: The best transparency is achieved with non-polar oils like Squalane, CCT, IPM and Mineral Oil. Opaque/translucent gels are obtained with waxes and polar oils.