The variety and complexity of natural waxes lend themselves perfectly to the demands of texture options in formulation. This trend highlights the strengths of Koster Keunen’s development team and latest cosmetic formulations. Our two newest formulas support nature and showcase the impact of sustainable ingredients.

Building a Better Balm with Sustainable Beeswax

Koster Keunen has spent years understanding of the complexity of beeswax. In that time, we have mapped out all of the major components and over 200 minor components within the chemical composition of beeswax. These components lead to a chemically unique material that offers an impressive variety of formulation options. Depending on the product, beeswax can act as a thickening agent, give provide structure, work as a plasticizer, offer smooth textures and stabilize formulations.


Sustain-A-Balm brings together Koster Keunen’s commitments to sustainability and quality in a single product. This unique balm takes advantage of our exclusive chemistries including Kester Wax K-60P plasticizer for its stability and textural advantages and Kester Wax K-24 emollient to produce a silky dry after feel. Most importantly, the high-quality Sustainable Beeswax ingredient speaks to the best of our company’s mission to fully engage in responsible sourcing and promotion of the care of bees and beekeepers.

Ingredient Trade Name INCI Name %
Sustainable Beeswax Beeswax 16.0
Kester Wax K-60P Polyhydroxystearic Acid 5.0
Kester Wax K-24 Lauryl Laurate 5.0
Castor Oil Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil 30.0
High Oleic Sunflower Oil Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil 22.0
Almond Oil Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil 19.0
Sipernat 11 PC Hydrated Silica 2.0
Vitamin E Acetate Tocopheryl Acetate 1.0

Sunflower Wax Provides Robust Structure

In addition to the high versatility of beeswax itself, Koster Keunen has continued our work to add other natural waxes to our high-quality ingredient portfolio. Sunflower Wax, for example, offers the specific benefit of providing interesting structure in cosmetic formulations, while Orange Wax creates the resultant smoothness and consistency in our new Bright-Eyed Shadow.

Bright-Eyed Shadow

Our new Bright-Eyed Shadow shows off the unique qualities of an anhydrous eye shadow formulation, with its creamy texture and velvety finish. This natural formula offers the easy pick up that consumers desire, with the effortless spreadability and blending that they demand. Using Orange Wax for texture and emollience, our own Kester K-60P plasticizer for stability and creaminess, and Sunflower Wax for structure and consistency, Bright-Eyed Shadow creates a luxurious user experience, start to finish.

Ingredient Trade Name INCI Name %
Sunflower Wax Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax 11.0
Orange Wax Citrus Aurantis (Orange) Peel Wax 6.0
Kester Wax K-60P Polyhydroxystearic Acid 3.5
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil 5.0
Castor Oil Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil 12.0
Jojoba Oil Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil 10.0
Vitamin E Acetate Tocopheryl Acetate 1.0
Prestige Silver Mica (and) Titanium Dioxide 2.0
Prestige Bright Bronze Mica (and) Iron Oxide 10.0
Sumicos Flash Skin Bronze Mica (and) Iron Oxide 3.7
Unipure Brown LC 881 CI 77499 (and) CI 77491 (and) CI 77492 0.3
Mica Sericite BC 285 Mica 25.5
Vegelite 1214LC Coconut Alkanes (and) Coco-Caprylate/Caprate 10.0

Natural Inspirations with Koster Keunen

The versatility and wide range of Koster Keunen’s natural waxes options provide formulators with a host of options to meet challenges in cosmetics and personal care, whether technical or ethical. Bees are an integral connection between our environment and ourselves. Koster Keunen works with beekeepers worldwide to educate and promote hive health. Buying directly from beekeepers allows us to see that healthy hives contribute to increased food production, and therefore more sustainable and healthy local economies. Koster Keunen is proud to create excellent natural and sustainable products, while engaging in responsible production practices.

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.