❀ Beeswax is a natural thickener and emulsifier; it softens and soothes skin
Texture: it comes either in blocks or what I recommend in small pallets
❀ Borax is most commonly known as a water softener but it has mild emulsifying properties. Borax is used in combination with beeswax, as it makes the cream more spreadable. There is no substitute for borax. Borax is added to the Liquid base
❀ Palm Stearic Acid is a thickener and stabilizer and adds texture to your cream.
NOTE: Ask the supplier for a wax that is treated with polysorbates as this will not dry out your skin.
Vegetable Emulsifying Wax is added to the Oil base.
❀ Xanthan Gum is a fermented corn sugar used as thickener in cream making. It is often used to thicken salad dressings. As for your cream, it will provide a more fluid and spreadable texture.
Usage of Xanthan Gum: Once you have heated up the Liquid base, use your hand mixer and mix the Xanthan Gum into the water. The next step is to mix the water base together with the oil base that includes thickeners, stabilizers, and waxes.
❀ Sugar is a great exfoliate but dissolves very quickly in oil