What I can use to dissolve beeswax and carnauba wax and keep it in an aqueous solution? I do not want to use ethanol or acetone as they are too harsh.

I am adding about $\pu{5\%}$ wax to a $\pu{16oz}$ aqueous solution that also has some oil in it. I need to stop it from coagulating and be fine enough or in solution to pass through the nozzle of a spray bottle without clogging it ?

  • $\begingroup$ Well, you'd need proper emulsifier and right mixing procedure. $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Aug 23 '17 at 22:24
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks Mithoron, how do I identify the emulsifier and establish the mixing procedure? Do you think vegetable oil might work ? $\endgroup$ – stuart cripps Aug 23 '17 at 22:48
  • $\begingroup$ No, and I have a feeling that you need to learn a lot do it. One google search and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emulsifying_wax pops up. You should have tried searching before asking. $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Aug 23 '17 at 23:30
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    $\begingroup$ I stand corrected. No excuse for lazyness! I'm not a chemist or student simply trying to find a solution (excuse the pun) and thought this might be a good forum for that $\endgroup$ – stuart cripps Aug 23 '17 at 23:39
  • $\begingroup$ Well, we can help you to some extent, but if you'd knew more before asking question could be better. This link may be useful and maybe someone working with cosmetics winds-up.. who knows.. It's not like we can do entire part of project for you though ;) $\endgroup$ – Mithoron Aug 23 '17 at 23:46

Try Oelic acid and TEA with Waxes. 1. Take 3% Oelic acid 2. Add 3% TEA in Oelic acid and stir it with continuous heating up to 50C. 3. Take 100ml Water in Above solution. 4. Take 20grm carnuaba wax and dissolve it in above solution with continuous mixing and heating up to 60C. 5. Again add 40 to 50ml water in above solution.


You need an emulsifier such as 1% Tween 80 and heat the wax with water to 65 °C with stirring, then let it cool down. It will become a fat blur that dissolves in mixtures by agitating the mix.


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