The way that leather is cared for helps to determine how well it lasts, and how good it looks over the long term. Koster Keunen presents a formulation innovation that makes leather care more inviting to manufacturers who prefer to cold process, but who demand high quality results. While the basic tenets of leather care (clean, condition, protect) haven’t changed, the means to get those things done definitely has. Cakes of saddle soap or glycerin soap are no longer the only options. The field has opened up, and we have the wax dispersions to make your product range shine.

Waxes and Milks in Leather Care

Waxes, such as Beeswax and Carnauba Wax, have been standard ingredients throughout the history of leather care. They can give leather its attractive glow and keep the moisture in the leather. Beeswax is best known for its water repellency in leather applications. It also aids in cleansing and preservation of leather items. Carnauba wax works to provide a barrier to the surface, prevents fingerprints and scuff marks, and aids in water repellency as well.

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Koster Keunen’s wax dispersions offer waxes in formats that allow your brand’s range to efficiently utilize the benefits of waxes.  Bee’s Milk is a highly stable dispersion of Beeswax in a water base and Carnauba Milk is a highly stable dispersion of Carnauba Wax in a water base. Siliconyl Carnauba Milk is also offered and is an enhanced version of standard Carnauba Milk, comprised of a dispersion of Carnauba Wax and silicone in a water base. These products are white, opaque, and can add wax properties to water-based systems and cold processed formulas. Our example formulations demonstrate the ease of including these versatile wax dispersions. Bees Milk and Siliconyl Carnauba Milk are interchangeable in the featured formulas, allowing for flexibility within the chassis depending on the desired result, especially with a lower maximum usage level (between 3% and 10%).

Clean Me Up Leather Cleaner

Formula #: 4/23-138/558-1

Ingredient Trade Name INCI Name %
Deionized Water Deionized Water 86.25
Xanthan Gum Xanthan Gum 0.25
Glycerin Glycerin 2.5
Bio-Soft D40 Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate 2.5
Bio-Terge AS-40 Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate 2.5
Bee’s Milk* Water, Beeswax, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Ceteareth-20, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Phenoxyethanol 5.0
Optiphen Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol 1.0

*Koster Keunen also offers a Paraben Free Bee’s Milk

Care For Me Leather Conditioner

Formula #: 4/23-558-3

Ingredient Trade Name INCI Name %
Deionized Water Deionized Water 86.4
Pemulen EZ-4U Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer 0.1
Glycerin Glycerin 5.0
Triethanolamine Triethanolamine q.s.
Siliconyl Carnauba Milk Water, Siliconyl Carnauba Wax [Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax & Stearoxy Dimethicone], Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol 5.0
Isopropyl Palmitate Isopropyl Palmitate 2.5
Optiphen Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol 1.0

The ability to cold process both cleaners and conditioners with Koster Keunen Milks opens a realm of many new possibilities for manufacturers that do not process with heat. Not only can these products be used in leather care, they also add an advantageous edge to many automotive, vinyl, and surface treatment formulations, like natural stone.

Whether you are formulating a new line of leather care products or looking for the right waxes to make your product range stand out, our chemists are here to help. Contact us to start a conversation with us.

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About Koster Keunen

Koster Keunen has been working with wax since 1852 and has used our extensive experience and knowledge base to continuously develop new chemistries. Whether you are developing a new product, or need help with a reformulation or replacement, contact us to learn more about how we source, refine or develop waxes so you can create the perfect formula.