Castor Wax Flakes - White

Castor Wax Flakes - White

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Hydrogenated castor oil or HCO, is also known as castor wax. The reason why it is called a wax is because the oil turns into hard, brittle and insoluble material that surprisingly has a lot of benefits in the manufacture of different kinds of products.

How Hydrogenated Castor Oil Is Made

First of all, the castor oil is extracted from castor beans. Once the pure castor oill is obtained, hydrogen is added to it in the presence of a nickel catalyst. Because of the exposure to hydrogen, the castor oil becomes highly viscous and gives it a wax-like consistency. In a more detailed sense, the hydrogenation of the oil is done by bubbling hydrogen gas through the oil. This process is also used in fats and oils used in cooking and processed goods. By bubbling the hydrogen through the oil, it slowly becomes thick and opaque. Contrary to castor oil which has a faint odor, the wax is odorless and the process of hydrogenation also works to increase its shelf life.

Hydrogenated Castor Oil Temperature Properties

The castor wax has a melting point of 61 – 69 degrees Centigrade which is moderately less than the boiling point. Heating the oil beyond these temperatures can cause the castor wax to melt and become liquid again. Once the temperature cools, it will re-harden.

Hydrogenated Castor Oil Cosmetic Uses

This type of castor oil is most commonly used in cosmetics. It is considered to be an organic ingredient since the hydrogenation process makes use of natural hydrogen gas that is mixed with naturally occurring castor beans. The most commonly known type of castor wax in the cosmetic arena is the hydrogenated castor oil. This type of castor oil is already approved by the Food and Drug Association, and it has also been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel. It is said certain concentrations are safe to use on the skin.

Hydrogenated oils are commonly used in cosmetics because of their ability to help form emulsions by reducing surface tension of the substances that are to be emulsified. They also help other ingredients dissolve in solvents where they would otherwise not normally dissolve. In the cosmetic world, hydrogenated oils have their role in the production of acne products, deodorant sticks, anti-dandruff shampoos and other types of skin care products.

Botanical/INCI: Hydrogenated Castor Oil
No synthetics or colorants added. No GMO's
Origin: USA
Form: Flakes
Appearance/Color: White
Odor/Note: NA
Solubility in Water: No
Melting Point: 80 degrees C
Specific Gravity:
Shelf Life: 2 + years
SAP: 176 - 182
Storage: Store tightly closed and away from moisture
Shelf life is 2 yrs when properly stored. Do not store in direct sunlight. Do not refrigerate.
Suggested Uses: This product is used in many cosmetics, including baby creams, brilliantine hair dressings, cold cream, wax depilatories, eye creams, eye shadow, foundation creams, makeup, lipstick, mascara, nail whiteners, protective creams, and paste rouge. It helps to emulsify and thicken lotions and creams, hold together lip and body balms, and forms a protective barrier between your skin and the environment. A little melted bees wax also helps make soy candles stronger and more opaque. Bees wax can be added to soap as part of the oil content to increase hardness of the final bar.

Additional Info: Wildcrafted, FCC - Food Grade, HLB =11 - 12

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Castor Wax Flakes - White



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Stephanie L. from United States
June 6, 2020
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Roger DUgas from Winchester, TN United States
September 28, 2017
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overall a very good experience. product was available and shipping timely. The material worked as expected in our formulation. Return business highly likely, when we order production quantities.
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