You can use beeswax as an emulsifier as long as you include borax in the formula, but keep in mind that beeswax isn’t actually an emulsifier – it is a thickener. The problem is that is makes a greasy lotion and the results are unpredictable. Borax helps the beeswax do its job. The difference between beeswax and Ewax seems to be the strength of the emulsion. You cannot use as great a quantity of water with the beeswax. Beeswax usually handles about 50% oils and 50% water without separation. More water and the lotion will eventually separate.
Incorporating emulsifying wax into your recipe will keep the oil and water from separating by creating an emulsion between the oil and water. Emulsifying wax will also thicken your recipe. Using too little of the Emulsifying wax and the lotion recipe will not hold together. There were batches in the past that I obviously measure incorrectly because, at first, it looks like a successful gallon of lotion. However, after cooling for an hour, half of the jug contained water at the bottom and a runny lotion floating on top
The percentage of Emulsifying wax usually begins at 5% of the total formula but can be used at a higher rate to create an extra thick lotion. My personal recipe calls for 6 ounces of Ewax but I always use 6.4 ounces, just to be on the safe side.
The most common emulsifiers used are: Emulsifying Wax NF, Cetearyl Alcohol and Polysorbate 20. I have always used Emulsifying Wax NF.
Unlike some emulsifying waxes, Ewax does not deteriorate on heating, experiencing only a slight difference in color at temperatures up to 150-152°C for two hours. Under these harsh conditions, it may lose 2-3% in weight with minor hardening of the wax Daolus Organic Products While Emulsifying wax Daolus Organic Products is contains some natural ingredients like palm oil, it does go through a chemical process in order to manufacture it.
DIY uses & benefits
- Hair care – Conditioners & Styling products
- Hair care – Depilatories, Hair bleaches and Hair colours.
- Facial care – Cleansers
- Body care – Moisturising products (Creams & lotions)
- Make-up – Lipsticks, Glosses, Foundations & Concealers
- Skin care – Hand creams, foot creams
- Emulsifiers – O/W (Oil in Water)