Volume 15, Number 4, Juillet-Août 2008
|Page(s)||272 - 274|
|Section||Huiles Et Dérivés à Bénéfices Nutritionnels & Cosmétiques|
|Published online||15 July 2008|
Le cas des beurres végétaux et des cires d’origine naturelle
Ets B.Rossow et Cie, 92 Avenue du Général de Gaulle, 92635
Natural waxes such as Beeswax, Carnauba wax and Candelilla wax are widely used in the Cosmetic and Food industries. Thanks to their composition, and besides a compulsory high safety, they provide desirable properties such as strength, gloss, emolliency, barrier effect, making them essential in numerous applications. For example, lots of candies are coated with either one or a mix of these 3 waxes, while for Cosmetics, the waxy part of lipsticks contains various combinations of such waxes. Within the cosmetic industry, the “green wave” – natural products – which is developing to the detriment of synthetic or mineral raw materials, has generated know-hows to enlighten new values to natural resources. Several types of developments have occurred: managing to substitute materials facing bad press (ex: petrolatum, lanolin), mimicking trendy “butter-like” textures either by adequate mixture or by chemical reaction to offer alternatives to overused Shea or Cupuaçu Butter, or as a result of more recent research programs, identifying natural waxes acting more like active ingredients than “just” like excipients (Mimosa Flower wax, Lemon Peel or Orange Peel waxes, etc.).
Key words: butters / flower waxes / fruit waxes / substitute of petrolatum / substitute of lanoline / massage candle
© John Libbey Eurotext 2008
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