|What is it?
|Cera bellina is a modified beeswax (“the free fatty acids have been converted to polyglycerols esters“) that thickens oils and butters into very cool, glide-y oil gels.
|Small off-white pellets/beads
|This really depends on what you want to make. I did an experiment using it at different levels that you can review here. You aren’t likely to need more than 30% cera bellina in products.
|Creates rich, slippy oil gels.
|Approximate Melting Point
|Why do we use it in formulations?
|Cera bellina does a few very cool things! Its primary use is as a thickener/solidifier, creating very smooth, slippy oil gels. It also helps with pigment distribution, reduces sweating in solid balms, and can function as a co-emulsifier. I love using it to create ointments and lip glosses, where it thickens and gives a beautiful gel consistency that is really well suited to those types of products.
|Do you need it?
|No, but I would recommend it if you are especially fond of ointments or lip gloss.
|Refined or unrefined?
|It only exists as a refined product.
|Creates very cool, smooth oil gels.
|Not vegan, harder to acquire than most waxes.
|Alternatives & Substitutions
|Nothing really works the same way as cera bellina; you can try using beeswax instead, but you won’t get the oil gel effect.
|How to Work with It
|Include cera bellina in your heated oil phase; it must be melted to use. Products made with it can feel quite greasy, so I’d recommend shifting your oil balance towards faster absorbing oils.
|Storage & Shelf Life
|Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, cera bellina should last at least two years.
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks
|The inclusion of cera bellina in your formulas can help prevent graininess in butters like shea butter.
|Recommended starter amount
|Where to Buy it
| Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.