Vegetable wax with high melting point.
Sunflowerwax is a high melt point wax (congeals at 74 - 77 C) which improves consistency of sticks and emulsions by giving added hardness, texture, and strength. It also makes it easier to release your product from amold.
Often used as an alternate for Rice Bran Wax, Carnauba Wax, and Candelilla Wax. The product comes to you as tiny pastilles or beads of wax, making it very easy to precisely measure using either a spoon or scale.
|Jojoba Oil||8 gr||32%|
1) Measure Phase A, place into double boiler vessel (I use a 1 cup pyrex measuring cup).
2) While the wax is melting, measure out phase B. I measure this into a small 2oz. stainless steel creamer vessel. Use a colored mica of your choice.
3) When wax is melted, hold phase B vessel in the double water, constantly stirring with your thermometer until temperature 175F is reached. Take out of water, wipe the outside of stainless steel vessel to get the water off of it.
4) Pour Phase B into Phase A. Stir well. Take out of double boiler, wipe water off outside of pyrex measuring cup.
5) Add Phase C. (I use a disposable pipette) Stir well. Pour into mold at 168-170F.
Note: I use three thermometers ? one in the double boiler water which will need to be about 185-195F (just below boiling, there will be bubbles forming but not a boil) to melt the high melt point Sunflower Wax. I use another thermometer in phase A and another for phase B, to determine when the oil is the right temperature. You want to heat the oil so that it doesn?t shock the wax when you add it ? this way, you can keep the time your oil is heated to a minimum.
This wax performs fairly well in lip products as far as hardness and release of the end-product, and does require much less. I agree with the previous reviewer's assessment of use percentages. Even with the reduced rates, I found the end-product to have much more drag and waxiness similar to paraffin, and it just didn't feel as creamy on the lips. I would recommend using in an even smaller percentage with a smoother wax such as Jojoba. What really knocks the rating on this wax down for me is the horrible taste and odor it leaves. No matter how much I sweetened or flavored, the strong, stale and waxy odor and taste remained.
Wow! What a blessing this stuff is! Love its unique properties to gel! So much potential for creative formulating! Love also how this wax is a neutral white!
If you're tired of the same old waxes for lip balm, Sunflower Wax is an excellent change of pace. It's a very high melting wax, not as high as carnuaba, but a bit higher than candelilla. My thermometer registers at 167F when it's completely melted. For comparison, my thermometer registers at 157F when candelilla is completely melted. Sunflower Wax makes a lovely stick - the sides are nice and clean. On the lips, it feels lighter to me than candelilla or beeswax. I've found sunflower wax can be a replacement for candelilla wax at a lower percentage. For a similar stick hardness, try 20-25% less sunflower wax. For example, if you like 25% beeswax, you could use 20% sunflower wax as a replacement in your formula. In the mascara formula I tested it in, there was such a small percentage used, this odor did not overtake the end-product, and it did perform well as a replacement for carnauba at an even use rate exchange..
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