Like the wheel, soap’s history is long, but its relevance to daily life has kept the basic design tried and true. At Koster Keunen, we are dedicated to the kind of innovation that blends creativity into formulation to build knowledge and stretch the thinking about what is possible.
This month, we are proud to have the article “The Functional Advantages of Natural Waxes in Traditional Soaps,” published in SOFW Journal. The article, by Alexandra G. McMahon and Belen M. Lemieux, describes their study of the effect of adding different percentages of natural waxes to traditional soap recipes, along with their results and recommendations. (PDF version here.)
Formula Features Functionality and Flexibility
Our All Around Soap Bar brings to the table an example formula that shows off the practical applications of what you see in our study. The combined positive attributes of Bayberry Wax, Cocoa Butter, and Orange Wax produce a soap bar that is pleasant to hold and rinses clean, yet leaves a moisturized after feel.
All Around Soap Bar
|Ingredient Trade Name||INCI Name||%|
|Lye3||Sodium Hydroxide (Caustic Soda)||9.58|
|Cocoa Butter||Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter||10.00|
|Bayberry Wax||Myrica Cerifera (Bayberry) Fruit Wax||8.00|
|Orange Wax||Citrus Aurantium Dulcus(Orange) Wax||4.00|
|Olive Oil||Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil||25.00|
|Coconut Oil||Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil||12.00|
|Almond Oil||Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil||10.00|
The unique properties of natural waxes open up new frontiers in soapmaking. From producing bars with extra stability to creating beautifully patterned bars, we have a wax for that! When you are looking for the right wax or the just-right formulation to suit your brand’s bars, please feel free to contact us.
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.