How do I emulsify carnauba wax?

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How do I emulsify carnauba wax?
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Extracted from the leaves of the carnauba palm, carnauba wax is also referred to as Brazil wax. It serves as an ingredient in candles, lotions and other skincare products. Emulsifying carnauba wax at home for your beauty recipes gives you the opportunity to create luxurious creams, lotions and other products easily. Obtain all the ingredients needed from a craft or hobby supply store to save money on otherwise expensive products.

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Things you need

  • 1 tbsp carnauba wax
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp hemp seed butter
  • 1 cup rose hydrosol
  • 1 tsp borax
  • Glass bowls (2)
  • Hand mixer
  • Empty lotion bottle with lid

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  1. 1

    Mix the oil, butter, floral water and borax in a glass bowl. Borax, a natural emulsifier, binds oil and water to create an emulsion. This phase is referred to as the "water phase" or "oil and water phase," of the soap and lotion making process.

  2. 2

    Place the bowl in a microwave on high for three minutes. This heats the oil, water and emulsifier and allows the materials to mix together where it would otherwise separate.

  3. 3

    Add carnauba wax to the other glass bowl and melt it in the microwave for three minutes.

  4. 4

    Pour the melted carnauba wax into the bowl containing the hot water and oil solution. Beat the mixture as you pour it in slowly.

  5. 5

    Mix the contents of the bowl with a hand mixer for five minutes. A foamy white emulsion will instantly form. Pour the liquid into an empty lotion bottle and let it cool to room temperature before securing the cap on it. Your carnauba wax emulsion is ready for immediate use as a skin cream or hair conditioner.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not add melted wax to a cold oil and water solution. The water and oil must be hot to blend smoothly with the melted wax. Failure to heat the oil and water results in a grainy consistency to your carnauba wax emulsion.

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