Orange wax is a superior cosmetic ingredient that brings together the combination of product appeal, versatility in formulation and intrinsic sustainability. Orange wax is a natural part of the orange peel, helping to protect the interior of fruit from drying out, and to keep harmful things like insects and fungus out of the fruit. As an ingredient in cosmetic formulations, it brings all of these benefits to your products.

All-Natural and Sustainable from the Start

Orange wax is an upcycled component of the processing of sweet oranges, primarily intended for juice. The wax is removed from the oranges by a mechanical process. This is a mechanical separation, which requires no chemical processing or solvents to remove the wax from the peel. The wax detaches as part of the oil in the peel and is then recovered by winterization (refrigeration). The orange wax is then removed in a semi-solid state.

The nature of the fruit wax’s origin and its minimal processing, along with its “friendly” INCI name (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax), create a uniquely attractive option for adding label interest on products or product lines that emphasize natural and sustainable ingredients.

Formulation Advantages

Koster Keunen’s Deodorized Orange Wax is an emollient that acts to as a vegan replacement for lanolin in emulsions or anhydrous systems. The level of phytosterols inherent in orange wax aids in lending stability to emulsions. In formulation, the pleasant skin-feel is complemented by the pleasant color and scent characteristics of sweet oranges.

Unlike some citrus products, Koster Keunen’s orange peel wax creates none of the photosensitivity that would be a detriment in daytime or sun-oriented products, such as Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm with Beeswax.

Variety of Applications

Orange wax begins by offering an all-natural, minimally processed ingredient that looks remarkably good on a cosmetic label, but its true benefits become clear in its versatility. In lotions, its emollient properties and excellent skin feel are most evident. Color cosmetics allow Koster Keunen’s Deodorized Orange Wax to show its more subtle features of stability and moisture retention. The table below offers a brief picture of some of our formulations that include orange wax.

Formulation/Product Function
Citrus Body Cream Emollient that provides unique energetic scent and color.
Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balms (SPF 15+) Provides lips additional film forming benefits and adds interest to the label
Natural Vegan Lip Balm Provides lips with anti-Inflammatory benefits, as it replaces lanolin creating an effective vegan formulation

Koster Keunen produced Deodorized Orange Wax as its first commercially available fruit wax. Our continuous research and development have proven that orange wax is an effective, versatile cosmetic ingredient. We extend the option of adding high-quality, natural and sustainable ingredient to your formulations. If you have any questions for your own products, please let us know.

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.