Moisturisers - Emollients – Soaps

A wide range of waxes, gums and resins are used across the Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic industries as moisturisers, emollients and soaps. In the table below, we list the main products fulfilling these applications and provide examples of their uses.

Product

Type

Examples of Use

Beeswax

Waxes

Used in skin care products such as hand creams, ointments and moisturisers, lip balm and lip gloss.

Benzoin

Resins

Used as a skin treatment and cleanser. It can be mixed with glycerine to moisturise chapped hands and to treat cracked nipples caused by breast-feeding.

Candelilla

Waxes

Used as a component of lip balms and skin moisturising lotions.

Carnauba

Waxes

Used as an ingredient in soap, skin care and sun care products, as well as acting as a thickening agent in make-up, such as lipstick, lip salves and balms.

Ceresine/ Earth Wax/ Ozokerite

Waxes

Used as a skin ointment and an emollient in personal care products such as extra-soft paper tissues.

Elemi

Resins

Used as an herbal medicine to treat wounds, scars and ageing skin.

Frankincense

Resins

Used to promote healthy skin and heal wounds.

Japan Wax

Waxes

Used in the manufacture of soaps and other personal care products.

Mastic

Resins

Used in skin lotions, body oils and soaps.

Microcrystalline Wax

Waxes

Used as a natural base for lipstick, ointments and skin care creams.

Myrrh

Resins

Used in wound dressings, liniments and healing salves to treat abrasions, bruises and minor skin ailments, as well as to relieve arthritis, sprains, aches and pains.

Paraffin Wax

Waxes

Used in moisturisers and toiletries such as Petroleum Jelly.

Rosin

Resins

Used in the manufacture of soap, lipstick, concealer cream, hair removal wax and sun lotion.

Tragacanth

Gums

Used to treat burns and as a demulcent, an agent that forms a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation.

Xanthan

Gums

Used in water-based gels and personal care products due to its skin hydrating properties.


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