Not many people know this, but I enjoy formulating – that’s playing around with different natural cosmetic ingredients – just for fun. I also have a full time contract formulation business, where I formulate for other people all over the world as I like to make natural skincare, hair care and body care so much. When I am not busy formulating for MBotanicals, or others, or doing the generally mundane tasks involved in running a small business, I will seize the moment to experiment with ingredients that I have never used before. I have a whole shelf of said ingredients and slowly but surely I am working my way through them, more often than not, ‘just to see’ how they perform or what qualities they have.
Below is a result of one of those times. Its a balm made with Myrica wax. This is an unusual wax as its not a result of human intervention – well, very little human intervention; meaning it is not a man made hydrogenated oil. Instead, it comes directly from boiling and scraping the wax from the berry of the Myrica pubescent tree. A pretty simple process that produces a wax that is hard but melts at about 45-50c. From trying this wax, it gels really well, and from my tests it also readily melts on the skin. It has pretty nice gentle fruity scent which is a plus.
In the balm I also used floral Rose wax which is a strongly scented wax that is a by product of producing Rose absolute. I actually started this formulation as I wanted to see how strong the scent of rose would come through at 10% and discovered that it was pretty good at thickening oils. After that I kept adding other ingredients until I had a pretty nice balm. I recently acquired some Pequi oil which is has a highly aromatic fruity scent and seems to be quite thick at 18c due to its relatively high levels of saturated fatty acids, for a liquid oil.
This has turned out to be a pretty good balm considering this is the first time I have used all of these ingredients and I managed to create a wax that is soft yet starts to melt at the average human body temperature of 37c. It is also fully stable from testing.
What I like about this balm is that it has a great texture, it seems slightly dry considering it is a balm. Above you can see that the two balms look different. This is because I poured the top one while it was still hot and translucent. I stirred and poured the bottom one when it was cooler and it had fully gelled; this created an opaque glossy balm.