Working with Versagel ME 750



 

What is it and why use it?

 

 

 

 

     
  1.   Versagel ME 750 is made from the following (non-natural) ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene (and) Ethylene/Propylene/Styrene Copolymer (and) Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer.
       
  2.   It is a "Gelled Emollient", meaning that it is thick and it improves the feel of your finished product by giving it a better "skin feel".  In the olden days, petroleum jellies like Vasoline were used to improve the skin feel of a cosmetic.  Versagel is considered an improvement over and a replacement for petroleum jelly or similar ingredients in formulation.  It is an improvement because it is : non-greasy, non-oily, odor-free, transparent and stable.
       
  3.   Versagel is especially good as an additive to "anhydrous" products (oil based rather than water based).  This is because an oil based product can be too thin and runny, but if you try to thicken it with the traditional thickeners like petroleum jelly or wax, you loose the light "skin feel" of oil, as well as the transparency.  Its thick viscosity allows you as well to turn what would normally be a liquid lotion into a "cream" lotion.
       
  4.   The unique attributes of Versagel also make it possible to come up with new, interesting formulas which would not have been possible before.  For example:  a squeezable clear gel lip gloss.
       
  5.   Here is a link to a detailed discussion on the advantages of working with Versagel, which we used to compile the list above:  http://www.calumetspecialty.com/pdf/articles/FormulationEnhancementsArticle.pdf.
       
       

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Tips on How to Work with It

 

The main complaint when trying to incorporate Versagel with other products is that it becomes clumpy and lumpy and does not mix in.  So it is important for you to follow these tips.

 

     
  1.   Add the versagel to the waxes and oils BEFORE heating anything, so that everything melts together.  If you try to add it after, you will get clumps and lumps.
       
  2.   Heat your mixture slowly to around 160 degrees with gentle stirring.  Then remove from heat and let it cool to about 100 degrees before adding color and flavor.  If you are filling into tubes, do it while it is still warm.
       
  3.   Clean up can be a problem.  Consider using disposable utensils.  Don't let it get on clothing or other fabric, as it will stain.  When cleaning surfaces, first wipe down with paper towel, then clean with dish detergent and finish up with 409 cleanser.
       
       

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Formulary

 

 

  These formulary are provided by our customers.


Cara #1 Designed by Cara
 

 

Phase A

 

1 Part Fractionated Coconut Oil


 

2 Parts Petroleum Jelly (like from the drugstore)


 

4 Parts Versagel

Phase B

 

1 part Swiss Chocolate mica


 

2 parts Velvet White mica


 

1 part Lemon Pop mica


 

1 part Raspberry Pop mica


 

1 part Orange Pop mica


 


 

Phase C

 

1 gram castor oil

Procedure

Combine Phase A in a zip baggie (use proper size for volume—a bag that is too big will be a pain). Shake Phase B together and add to Phase A in the zip lock back. Squeeze and squish until well blended. Cut off a TINY tip of the bag and squeeze it into the container. If the cut is too large it WILL glob up and not go down to the bottom easily.


 
Designer Comments:

This recipe is really easy...and feels way better than any of the complicated stuff I tried. I was melting and mixing and stirring...then I had some thoughts of just using some products at room temp that didn’t need to be melted. Here is what I ended up with that "lived well together."

TKB Trading Comments:
No comments.
   


Courage aka Emily

Designed by Susanne

 

Phase A

 

70 g / 38.5%   Versagel


 

70 g / 38.5%   Jojoba Oil


 

30 g / 16%   TKB Lip Balm Base


 

12 g / 7%   Bees Wax (white)

Phase B

 

3 lrg/dash scoops of Sericite mica


 

5 lrg / dash scoops of Silica Microspheres


 

30 drops of TKB Chocolate Brown Lip Liquid


 

10 drops of TKB Pigment Red Lip Liquid


 

10 drops of TKB Pigment White Lip Liquid


 

1 Medium / smidgen of brown and red oxide and 1 lrg / dash scoop of TiO2...mixed in with 1 lrg / dash scoop of castor oil


 

1 lrg / dash scoop of Queen Katrina mica


 

1 lrg / dash scoop of Hilite Red mica


 

1 lrg / dash scoop of Raspberry Pop mica


 

2 lrg / dash scoops of Colorona Russet mica


 

2 lrg / dash scoops Ivory Lace mica

Phase C

 

30 Drops Brown Vanilla Flavouring Oil

Procedure

Melt Phase A in the microwave in short bursts, stirring frequently – approximately 18 minutes total. Let mixture cool. Mix together Phase B and add to Phase A, whisking until blended. Whisk in Phase C. Pour into tubes or pots


 
Designer Comments:

This is named for a very courageous 8 year old girl who over this last year went through countless surgeries, radiation therapy, stem cell harvesting & transplants, isolation and chemo therapy to fight and beat brain cancer.  She is still on the road to recovery...if you are inclined to prayer, please say one for Emily.

TKB Trading Comments:
This is a relatively sheer gloss.
   


Susanne's Second Try

Designed by Susanne
 

 

Phase A

 

2 oz /30.3 % TKB Lip Balm Base


 

2.5 oz / 39% Versagel


 

0.3 oz / 4.5% Bees Wax (White)


 

1.5 oz / 22.7% Castor Oil


 

0.3 oz / 4.5% Polysorbate 60 (optional)

Phase B

 

30 drops Red Liquid Pigment


 

15 drops White Liquid Pigment


 

5 drops Brown Liquid Pigment


 

2 Dashes Silica


 

2 Dashes Honey Mica


 

2 Dashes Ivory Lace Mica


 

1 Dash Travel to Mercury Mica

Phase C

 

25 Drops Brown Vanilla Flavouring Oil

Procedure

Melt Phase A in a double boiler, stirring frequently – approximately 20 minutes total (add the polysorbate half way through). Blend well and let mixture cool. Mix together Phase B and add to Phase A, blend well. Add Phase C and blend again. Pour into tubes or pots.


 
Designer Comments:

I like the color. It's sheer and is a lasting gloss.

TKB Trading Comments:
Susanne is using the TKB Spoon 5 set for the “dashes” of color.
   

Sweet Berries

Designed by Kristina

 
Phase A

 

About 2 oz. Versagel 


 

1 Large Scoop of Carnauba Wax


 

1 Large Scoop of Candelilla Wax

Phase B

 

2 tsp of castor oil


 

4 Large Scoop Cotton Candy Mica


 

4 Large Scoop Strawberry Pop!

Phase C

 

4 drops of Vitamin E


 

4 drops of Black Cherry Flavoring oil


 

1 Large Scoop of Stevia

Procedure

Heat Phase A until runny.  Blend Phase B and add to Phase C. Stir Phase A and B/C until it is all incorporated.  The heat from the mixture helped melt the stevia and helped everything meld together. Pour into tubes or pots.


 
Designer Comments:

This color is really pretty...It is sheer, and is nice for daytime.  It gives a hint of color.  I had to work fast in order to get it dispensed into the lipgloss tube, because as it goes back to room temperature, it gets very thick.  It feels nice on the lips

TKB Trading Comments:
In this formula, Tina is using TKB's plastic Recipe Scoops for measuring.
   


Fairy Kisses

Designed by Kristina

 
Phase A

 

About 2 oz. Versagel 


 

1 Large Scoop of Carnauba Wax


 

1 Large Scoop of Candelilla Wax

Phase B

 

2 tsp of castor oil


 

4 Large Scoop Cotton Candy Mica


 

4 Large Scoop Strawberry Pop!


 

20 drops of Mauve pigment


 

20 drops of Red Pigment

Phase C

 

4 drops of Vitamin E


 

4 drops of Black Cherry Flavoring oil


 

4 drops of Vanilla Flavoring


 

1 Large Scoop of Stevia

Procedure

Heat Phase A until runny.  Blend Phase B and add to Phase C. Stir Phase A and B/C until it is all incorporated.  The heat from the mixture helped melt the stevia and helped everything meld together. Pour into tubes or pots


 
Designer Comments:

NOW, this is my favorite color, and flavoring..Black Cherry Vanilla... It feels nice and creamy on the lips, and it is a beautiful color. 

TKB Trading Comments:
In this formula, Tina is using TKB's plastic Recipe Scoops for measuring.
   


Lip Moisturizer/Gloss

Designed by Rowena

 
Phase A

 

1/2   tsp Versagel


 

1/64 tsp Red Sparks!

Phase B

 


 

Procedure
Combine Phase A ingredients. Squeeze into a pot or lip gloss tube.

 
Designer Comments:
Versagel moisturizes
TKB Trading Comments:
This simple formulary will result in a sticky, sheer, mositurizing lip gloss with red sparks. The hardest part about this recipe is getting not making a mess. Our suggestion is that you spoon the Versagel into a zip lock bag, then spoon in the colorant. Zip the bag closed, mush together and when you are finished, snip a bottom corner off the bag. Then squeeze the contents into a lip balm pot.
 

Reply #177

Designed by Parker


 

Phase A

 

64.06 grams Versagel


 

21.88 grams Clear Jojoba


 

0.96 grams Candellila wax


 

0.60 Carnauba wax


 

50 drops TKB Natural Red Lip Liquid


 

35 drops TKB Pigment White Lip Liquid

Phase B

 

2.25 grams Angel Wings mica


 

1.20 grams Satin Mica

Procedure
Melt together Phase A ingredients until waxes are fully melted. Stir in Phase B ingredients. Melt again until the mass is runny. Pour into tubes.

 
Designer Comments:

You may want to add a flavoring oil.

TKB Trading Comments:
The resulting product has a wonderful feel going on. The very light color sheen make it perfect for pink lips. It both augments allows their natural color to peek through.
   

Hot Chili

Designed by Linda
 

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Phase A

 

5g Versagel


 

1 drop TKB Natural Red Lip Liquid


 

1 drop TKB Pigment Mauve Lip Liquid


 

0.10 scoop Rouge Flambe Mica

Procedure
Mix all ingredients together. Dispense into containers.

 
Designer Comments:

I also like it using only Versagel and a bit of Rouge Flambe.

TKB Trading Comments:
No Comment
   

Pandora Gloss

Designed by TeddyNat


 

Phase A

 

0.5 gram Black Iron Oxide


 

0.5 gram Satin Pearl Mica


 

5 grams castor oil

Phase B

 

92.5% Versagel


 

4.4% Phase A predispersed Black Colorant


 

2.6% Black Mica


 

0.5% Hilite Red

Procedure
Grind together pigment portion of Phase A and disperse into castor oil. Blend Phase A and Phase B.

 
Designer Comments:

I wanted to make a black gloss with a red shimmer for Halloween. It's a bit sheer and purple in color.

TKB Trading Comments:
Nice deep hue. For the right skin tones, this could be lovely!
   
   
   
   
       

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