INCI NAME : Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Polysorbate 60 or Emulsifying Wax NF
Emulsifying wax is a cosmetic emulsifying ingredient. It is created when a wax material (either a vegetable wax or a petroleum based wax) is treated with a detergent (typically sodium lauryl sulphate or polysorbates).
Emulsifying is an ideal medium for the blending of fine creams, lotions and other fluid cosmetics which contain oil and water. An-ionic emulsifying wax is most suitable in water on oil type of emulsion, whereas the non ionic grade is most suitable in oil in water type of emulsion. The ability of emulsifying wax to bind oil and water in perfect union is unparalleled, and today it remains the most ubiquitous substance in a cosmetic manufacturers' formulary. Emulsifying wax assists in improving the consistency and texture of final products without leaving a greasy film on the outer skin after application. It is a white waxy solid with a low fatty alcohol odour.
Specification of emulsifying wax (An ionic)
|Name||Description||Solubility||Melting Point||Odour||Acidity||Alkalinity||Iodine Value||Saponification Value||Unsaponifiable matter||Alcohol||Sodium alkyl sulphate||Sulfated Ash||water|
|Emulsifying wax - An ionic IP||White or Pale Yellow waxy solid or pastilles||-||-||Faint and characteristics||NMT 1.0ml of 0.1M Sodium hydroxide is required||Complies||Not more than 3.0||Not more than 2.0||Not less than 86.0%||Complies||Not Less than 8.7%||-||Not more than 4.0% w/w|
|Emulsifying wax - An ionic BP||Almost white or Pale Yellow waxy solid or pastilles||Partially insoluble in water, producing an emulsion; soluble in ethanol (96%); partly soluble in water||50° C to 60° C||-||NMT 1.0ml of 0.1M sodium hydroxide is required||Complies||Not more than 3.0||Not more than 2.0||Not less than 86.0%||Complies||Not Less than 8.7%||1.8 to 3.3%||Not more than 4.0% w/w|
Specification of emulsifying wax (Non ionic)
|Name||Description||Solubility||Solidifying Point||Acid Value||Saponification Value||Refractive Index at 60° C||Hydroxyl Value||Sulfated Ash||Alkalinity|
|Emulsifying wax - Non ionic BP||A white or almost white waxy solid or pastilles||Practically insoluble in water, producing an emulsion; moderately soluble in ethanol; partially soluble in either||45° C - 53° C||Not more than 0.5||Not more than 2.0||1.435 to 1.439||175 to 192||NMT 0.1%||NMT 0.5 ml of 0.1M HCl is required|
Specification of Emulsifying wax NF
pH3%, w/v dispersion in water
|Iodine value||Saponification value||Hydroyl Value|
|Emulsifying wax NF||Solid waxy Slab / pastilles||50° to 54° C||5.5 - 7.0||Not more than 3.5||Not more than 14||178 - 192|