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What is an emulsifying wax?
Emulsifying wax or E-wax is a self-emulsifying base, used for making lotions and other oil in water emulsions. Despite its name, emulsifying waxes do not perform anything like beeswax or other types of waxes and cannot be substituted for them.
This emulsifying wax comes in white/ivory pellets with a neutral, characteristic scent.
How does the emulsifying wax work?
Emulsifying wax is used in lotions and creams as a thickener and emulsifier. Its main purpose is to make sure that the oil and water ingredients in the recipe bind well together and stay combined. Without an emulsifier, the oils in the product do not mix with water.
What can I use emulsifying wax for?
This ingredient can be combined in recipes that require mixing oils and water to create a range of tailored cosmetic products, such as lotions, creams, body butters, ointments, conditioners and hair treatments. Easy to use and incredibly effective, this emulsifying wax could be the holy grail ingredient that can revolutionise your formulation.
The usage amount can vary from recipe to recipe, so it is always best to test different recipes to see what works best for you.
However, we suggest that you start with 2-5% of the total weight, or 15-25% of the oil weight in your recipe.
Simply add the emulsifying wax to the oil phase of your recipe, and heat until it melts and then mix to combine.
At pure usage levels, it can cause irritation to the skin so we would advise using gloves, eye protection and work in well ventilated rooms.