- Emulsifying Agent (O/W)
- Moisturizing Agent
- Plant Derived / Vegetal Based
Olivem1000 (also called olive emulsifying wax) is a complete, self-thickening, natural, plant-derived emulsifying wax for creating oil-in-water emulsions. It is a naturally derived emulsifier which is obtained from Olive oil. It is 100% plant based, made from olive oil and has fatty acid composition which resembles skin.
It is a PEG-free Oil in Water (O/W) emulsifier and has excellent anti-aging and anti-redness properties.
Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate
Thin, flat white flakes.
|Solubility||Soluble in oil, Alcohol (Ethanol), Glycerine, Propylene, water (hot)|
The recommended usage of 2–8% depends on your desired viscosity.
Results will vary depending on other ingredients used in formulation. Emulsions reach their final viscosity on the next day. You can add 0.3% xanthan gum to increase stability of low viscosity emulsions.
|Applications||All kinds of cosmetics requiring emulsification as after sun skin care, daily wear sun care, eye area color cosmetics, facial cleansers, facial color cosmetics, facial skin care, hair conditioners, hand & body care, nail care, self-tanners|
|How to Work with It||
Melt it into your heated oil phase; it needs to be heated to incorporate. It works to emulsify at 20–25% of the oil phase.
It is typically recommended to include stabilizers in your formula, like 0.2% xanthan gum, or 1–2% of a thickener/stabilizer like olive wax or Glyceryl Stearate. I don’t always do this and haven’t had any issues.
|Approximate Melting Point||70°C (158°F)|
|Why do we use it in formulations?||
In lotions and creams it functions as an all-in-one emulsifier as well as contributing thickening. I find emulsions made with Olivem 1000 tend to be thicker than emulsions made with Polawax or Emulsifying Wax NF.
In cleansing oils and balms it creates products that self-emulsify on contact with water. It also brings the “cleansing” element as Olivem 1000 is made up of molecules that have an oil-loving and a water-loving end; the oil-loving end grabs the oil on your skin, and the water-loving end grabs the water you are washing with to rinse away easily.
|Alternatives & Substitutions||
|Do you need it?||No, but if you want a “natural” emulsifying wax Olivem 1000 is likely the one can choose.|
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks||
The manufacturer recommends high-shear blending until the emulsion is formed, and then slower mixing throughout cooling.