Glycerin, Aqua, Quillaja saponaria Wood Extract, Saponaria officinalis (Soapwort) Leaf/Root Extract
100% natural and palm free oil-gelling agent. Supplied as a liquid blend, perfect for making translucent, rich balms with the texture of lanolin or petroleum jelly.
Sapogel Q FAQS
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, Sapogel 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.