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Organic Beeswax

April 3, 2011

This has to be one of my favourite ingredients as is brings a beautiful sweet aroma and rich colour to a whole range of skin care products. I love it in organic lip balms, fragrance-free or naturally perfumed nourishing creams and soothing balms.   It is common to see people make reference to beeswax as a natural emulsifier and while that is true it isn’t totally accurate. If you want to make an emulsion using beeswax as the main oil-water binder you need something else called borax (sodium borate) as it is the reaction between these two chemicals that enable an old-fashioned cold-cream to be made. Basically the beeswax and the borax undergo a saponification reaction (rather like making soap) and the resulting chemical has both oil and water-loving properties (a surfactant is created). This can then hold a simple cream together!

Organic Beeswax

Why not try a little beeswax in your next cream or lip product – you don’t need too much as it can lead to your product feel like it is dragging on the skin, 1-8% should cover almost everything!

We get our Organic Beeswax from  New Directions Australia.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 4, 2011 7:05 am

    So if I mix oil, water and beeswax to make moisturiser, I don’t get an emulsion? What is happening, then? It does quite a good impression of an emulsion.

    • RealizeBeautyEd permalink
      April 4, 2011 8:47 am

      You need borax to turn the beeswax into a soap based emulsifier. It should work then.

      • April 5, 2011 12:09 am

        But it does work, even without the borax – that’s what’s confusing me.

      • RealizeBeautyEd permalink
        April 6, 2011 10:59 pm

        No it doesn’t work without the borax as without it it isn’t a surfactant, it is just a wax. The borax turns the wax into a fatty soap

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