Is Emulsifying Wax Vegan?

Emulsifying Wax.

Not all types of emulsifying wax are vegan. Some emulsifying waxes are made from animal fats. It can be hard to tell whether an emulsifier is made from animal fat, as regulations only require that manufacturers list the chemical names. This allows manufacturers to avoid declaring whether products are vegetable or animal in origin. 

At Aromantic, we believe that emulsifiers should be sourced from natural ingredients such as vegetable oils and other vegetable-based raw materials. 

We searched long and hard to find a transparent supplier that sells ethically sourced products that are top quality. Our BTMS emulsifying wax is derived from rapeseed oil and, as a result, contains no animal materials at all. 

This particular emulsifying wax stays stable and is incredibly adaptable to different products and textures, depending on the amount of emulsifier used. For example, BTMS wax can hold different types of oil as well as cocoa butter, to form light lotions and rich body butters, depending on your skincare need. What’s more, since the emulsifier is cationic, it makes for a luxurious hair conditioner that coats dry, damaged hair, leaving it feeling soft and easier to detangle. 

Why Should I Use Emulsifiers?

Would you like to make shampoo bars? Formulate a natural skin cleanser? Whip up a conditioner for colour-treated hair? 

Nearly every DIY skincare and haircare recipe – including these – calls for an emulsifier. 

Why? An emulsifier is an active ingredient that binds oil and water. These otherwise non-bindable ingredients form an emulsion. Any product that requires a mix of oil and water, such as cleansers and conditioners need an emulsifier. As do many food items, including certain types of bread, specific dressings and soft drinks.

Most cosmetic products contain both oil and water, for different reasons. 

Aqua is likely to be the first ingredient in many of the cosmetic items that you own and will be referred to as aqua rather than water in accordance with the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients. Water is primarily used as a solvent, to help dissolve other ingredients, such as cleansing agents and some active ingredients. In turn, this helps those components to mix together to make your product work more effectively. 

Oil is used in skincare for multiple reasons. The most popular is for oil to act as a skin or hair-conditioning agent, as well as a cleansing agent. For example, Castor oil can be used as a cleansing or skin-conditioning agent. Whereas something like Jojoba oil can be used as a skin or hair-conditioning agent, as well as a viscosity-increasing agent that helps to increase the thickness of oil in products. 

The use of emulsifying wax allows products to retain the benefits of both oil and water, by allowing them to work together in harmony. 

Our vegan emulsifying wax is mainly made from plant-based substances, meaning it tends to be less irritating to the skin, making it the perfect addition to sensitive skincare products. 

Apart from the obvious ethical concerns, there are plenty of reasons why peopleneed to source vegan alternatives, such as having easily irritated skin. Since vegan emulsifiers are made from plants, peels and vegetables, there’s less risk of any ingredients causing irritation to the skin — unless of course, you have any preexisting allergies to the raw materials. 

In all beauty products containing both oil and water, an emulsifier is a must. If you want your skincare and haircare to be ethical and free from animal products, you need a vegan emulsifier. 

What Is Vegan Emulsifying Wax Made From?

Vegan emulsifying waxes are made from natural resources such as peels, plants, vegetables and other vegetable-based raw materials. 

They undergo a similar process to regular emulsifying waxes, only without the use of chemicals — or far fewer than other emulsifying waxes on the market. This causes vegan emulsifying waxes to have a solid wax consistency, though they will usually carry less of a “fatty smell” or fragrance, compared to their animal-based counterparts. 

When buying from a reputable retailer, you should be met with a clear product description about the origin of the ingredient as well as a link to an authoritative resource, such as the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (CosIng) from the European Commission. Trustworthy retailers will be more than happy to provide technical documents to check whether a product is, in fact, animal or plant-based.

We clearly state all the information you need to know about our BTMS emulsifying wax on its product page, including its pH level, key ingredients, a link to CosIng, directions for use and recipes featuring the product. 

What’s the Difference between Vegan Emulsifiers and Non-Vegan Emulsifiers? 

The key difference between vegan and non-vegan products is that non-vegan products contain animal materials. 

In most cases, vegan emulsifying waxes have a higher melting point (typically above 64C). This gives them a harder consistency, making them great for stick formulations like lip balms and natural deodorants. 

With that said, they can still be used for creams, masks and other liquids, as long as you reduce the amount of emulsifying wax used. Typically, using 3-5% with oils will form a light lotion. Anything above that up to 20% will form thicker creams. 

Why Should I Buy Vegan Emulsifying Wax? 

Many people often ask, is emulsifying wax all-natural, and is it safe? Thanks to its gentle formation and origin, vegan emulsifiers are both safe and are produced in the strictest absence of any animal-derived material of any type. 

Argan Hair Conditioner, Cream for Dry Skin and Mango & Baobab Body Butter are all products you can easily make at home using our BTMS emulsifying wax.

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