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

100% natural-origin 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.


  • Vanilla Body Balm

    Melting body balm to nourish the driest parts of the body.

  • Vanilla Cheesecake Balm

    A luxurious balm with a honey-like texture.

  • 12-Hour Cream

    A transparent balm for 12-hour skin protection and moisturisation.

  • Rose Lip Mask

    This long-lasting balm delivers soothing hydration while reducing flakiness. Apply overnight to wake up to soft and supple lips.

  • Cleansing Balm

    A balm to remove make up effectively, leaving the face clean and moisturised. Massage onto face and remove with warm water or a damp cloth.

  • Black Lava Sand Scrub

    Exfoliating scrub that removes dead cells leaving the skin soft and renewed with essential oils to stimulate the senses.

  • CBD Muscle Balm

    A rich and relaxing muscle balm with CBD Oil.

  • Brightening Micellar Water

    Removes make up effectively, leaving the skin bright and clean, without feeling tight.

  • Sandalwood Beard Balm

    A firm and moisturising beard balm to condition, thicken and stimulate growth.

  • Baby Massage Balm

    A soothing baby balm.

  • Brown Sugar Lip Scrub

    A tribute to the popular DIY. The emollients are gelled to ensure ease of application and smoothness of formulation. This exfoliating and nourishing balm helps to achieve soft lips, ready for lipstick application.

  • Solid Cleanser

    A gentle cleansing bar designed to remove dirt and make up. Rub in hands to melt, apply to face and rinse with warm water or warm damp cloth.

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, 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.