• Kester Wax K-56: natural emollient, opacifier. Prevents emulsion “soaping”.
  • Cocoa Butter: natural emollient, thickener.


  • Kester Wax K-56: Naturally derived wax ester of plant origin. Increases opacity and viscosity in emulsions, adds bounce and texture. Secondary structurant in anhydrous formulations. Usage level 1-10%.
  • Cocoa Butter: Natural wax extracted from Cocoa beans. Low melt point solid, provides thickening, some structure, and nourishment to skin and hair. Emollient, thickener, glossy finish. Usage level up to 100%.


Main Topic

  • Skin Care

Sub Topics

  • Clean Beauty
  • Emulsion
  • Lotion or Cream
  • Natural
  • Skin Care
  • Unisex
  • Vegan


  • Begin heating water to 80°C. Premix Glycerin and Xanthan Gum, add to Phase A and mix until uniform.
  • Combine Phase B ingredients, and heat to 80 – 85°C until melted.
  • Add Phase B to Phase A under agitation and mix at high speed until emulsion is uniform.
  • Check pH and adjust to 5-6 as necessary.
  • Cool to 45°C or under and pour into containers.

Stability Information

Three months at 45°C, three months at room temperature, three freeze/thaw cycles.

Supplier Information

  1. Koster Keunen, Inc.
  2. CP Kelco
  3. Brenntag Specialties
  4. Jeen

Ingredient Trade Name



Phase A
Deionized Water Aqua 62.1
Glycerin Glycerin 5.0
Keltrol CG-SFT2 Xanthan Gum 0.5
Optiphen3 Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol 1.0
Potassium Hydroxide Potassium Hydroxide 0.4
Phase B
Stearic Acid1 Stearic Acid 4.0
Kester Waxe K-561 Cetyl Stearate 6.0
AR Cocoa Butter1 Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter 6.0
Jeechem CTG4 Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride 15.0