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There’s a lot to love about the natural benefits of essential oils, but it’s time to shed some light on the less talked about natural waxes that are in the makeup and skin care products that we use daily.
After all, it’s these natural waxes that are used to help keep our favourite products together. For example, we have beeswax to thank for the long-lasting structure of some of our favourite lipsticks.
These waxes hold our products together and also provide them with moisturizing and restorative abilities. Here is everything you need to know about the main natural waxes that you’ll find in your skin care and cosmetic products:
Rose Flower Wax
Rose flower wax is rich in antioxidants and its properties can sooth and protect your lips — with a slight fragrance to boot. This wax is commonly used in lip balms, due to its healing and cell boosting properties.
When it comes to rose flower wax balms, there is nothing like By TERRY Baume de Rose to plump, hydrate and nourish your lips. The balm is comprised of rose flower wax and pastel oil to rejuvenate your smile.
EWG’s Skin Deep defines beeswax as “the purified wax from the honeycomb of the bee.” You’d be surprised to know that beeswax is commonly used in skin care products due to the fact that it can work wonders for your skin. The natural wax has skin softening properties and is also moisturizing.
It is used in different skin care products but is often used to make lipstick. In addition to its skin benefits, it also helps to improve skin care formulas as it helps to extend the lifespan of certain ingredients.
According to ThoughtCo, this natural wax comes from the leaves of the Copernicia prunifera plant, a plant exclusive to Brazil. Carnauba wax is used in foods, household products and, of course, cosmetics.
The wax is comprised of acids, fatty alcohols, hydrocarbons and fatty acid esters, which are all nourishing properties to have in a skin care product. You can tell if your favourite lip product contains this wax because it gives off a distinct sweet scent that many describe as smelling like candy.
Sunflower Wax is extracted by dewaxing sunflower oil, according to Formula Botanica. The wax’s high melting point provides balms with a texture that is solid and stable — hence why it is found in a lot of lipsticks. After all, how do you think lipsticks hold their form so well? Sunflower wax.
This natural wax is binding, but not sticky. It can be used in oils, creams, balms, hair products — you name it! It’s a common ingredient in makeup products including mascara and lip balms.
More commonly known as jojoba oil, this is a liquid wax extracted from Buxus Chinensis— a desert shrub. Although it is usually in liquid form, jojoba oil can also be hydrogenated to become a hard wax.
This wax is commonly used in skin care products due to its age-defying qualities — it is easily absorbed by the skin and has been known to help reduce wrinkles.
According to Healthline, jojoba oil is moisturizing, antibacterial, hypoallergenic and is an antioxidant. jojoba oil is commonly used in skin care products because its various properties moisturize the skin, bind cells, and can even help treat acne.
There are so many natural waxes extracted from plants and foods that boast properties ideal for hydrating and rejuvenating your skin.
Next time you shop for a cosmetic product, be sure to check out the ingredient list of your favourite day to day products to see if they are made with any of these nourishing waxes.
This is a contributed post.