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Microcrystalline Wax

Microcrystalline wax

Microcrystalline Wax
Mainly used as a stiffening agent in creams and ointments.
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Microcrystalline Wax
Microcrystalline Wax
Primary function
Rheology modifier
Typical use level
It is listed in the IID. For topical route, it can be used at a concentration up to 30% w/w.
Physical data

  • Mixture of straight-chain and randomLy branched saturated alkanes obtained from petroleum, with carbon chain lengths from C31 to C57. Cyclic hydrocarbons may also be present
  • Appearance: White to yellow waxy lumps
  • Melting range: 54 - 102°C

Benefits / Claims
It has a higher melting point and higher viscosity, when molten, thus resulting in increased consistency of formulation.
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