A Quick Guide to Ceresine Wax and Liquid Oil Ratios

Today we’re continuing my “quick guide” series with another wax—ceresine! I picked some up from TKB Trading last year and figured it was high time we got better acquainted. Ceresine (or ceresin) wax is derived from ozokerite, which is a “naturally occurring fossil wax found near soft shale” (source). Appearance-wise it’s a fairly typical wax—small white beads that don’t look too different from refined beeswax other than being a bit more translucent. It is used for all the usual jobs you’d expect to find wax doing; thickening, hardening, stabilizing, and generally modifying the viscosity of oily things/oil phases (look for it in products like lipsticks and hair pomades). The melting point of ceresine is approximately 60°C (140°F), which is around that of beeswax, which melts at approximately 63°C (145°F)—this gave me hope it could be a good vegan alternative to beeswax!

A Quick Guide to Ceresine Wax and Liquid Oil Ratios

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A Quick Guide to Soy Wax & Liquid Oil Ratios

Today we’re doing another “Quick Guide” experiment, this time featuring soy wax. We’ll be looking at how this vegetable-derived wax behaves when combined with olive oil in different ratios. I’ve often read that it can be a good vegan 1:1 alternative/swap for beeswax, so I was definitely keen to get acquainted. How much does soy wax thicken the liquid oil, if at all? How do the mixtures feel on the skin? How quickly do they melt? Once you’ve got answers to these questions you’re well on your way to being able to work with soy wax, so let’s dive in!

A Quick Guide to Soy Wax & Liquid Oil Ratios

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A Quick Guide to Cetearyl Alcohol & Liquid Oil Ratios

I’ve been itching to get my hands on some cetearyl alcohol for a while now—readers keep asking me about it, I see it in ingredients lists all the dang time, and I’ve been reading all kinds of lovely things about it! Now that Windy Point has it available in smaller quantities (NDA has it, but you have to buy 1kg!) I scooped some up and decided to kick our relationship off with one of my quick guides. Hopefully you find it useful!

A Quick Guide to Cetearyl Alcohol & Liquid Oil Ratios

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A Quick Guide to Olive Wax & Liquid Oil Ratios

Earlier this year Dale got in touch to ask if I’d ever worked with olive wax, and when I replied I’d never worked with it and not found it for sale in Canada, he generously offered to mail me some olive wax and some almond wax. Several months later they arrived in a space-age-looking shiny silver bubble wrap packet—two carefully labeled plastic baggies of waxy pellets. As always, my first step in “getting to know you” is one of my quick guide ratio experiments. Given that olive wax is marketed as an easy one-to-one alternative to beeswax, I modelled the experiment after my beeswax experiment so we can see if that’s really the case.

A Quick Guide to Olive Wax & Liquid Oil Ratios

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A Quick Guide to Stearic Acid & Liquid Oil Ratios

Today we’re looking at stearic acid, and how it behaves when melted together with olive oil at different ratios. Stearic acid is a pretty humble ingredient—mine is unassuming white beads that are bigger than cetyl alcohol, but not by much. We use it to thicken and harden our products when we want thickening and hardening, but we don’t want waxiness. Because stearic acid is an isolated fatty acid it thickens without adding the tack or brittle stiffness that wax can contribute, meaning waxes are typically not a good substitution for stearic acid as they’ll bring a few things to the party that weren’t invited.

A Quick Guide to Stearic Acid and Liquid Oil Ratios

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