Croda has launched two alternatives to montan wax for structuring products such as antiperspirants, lipsticks, sunscreens and massage oils. According to the company, there has been a global shortage and a subsequent price increase of montan wax, leaving cosmetic formulators to seek alternatives.
Syncrowax OSW (Oil Structuring Wax) (INCI: Tribehenin (and) Sorbitol/Sebacic Acid Copolymer Behenate) and Syncrowax ORM (Oil Rheology Modifier) (INCI: Sorbitol/Sebacic Acid Copolymer Behenate) are naturally derived from 100% renewable resources.
Syncrowax OSW is a supplied in an easy-to-use pastille and is compatible with a wide range of silicones, oils and waxes. It provides a gel network structure in oils and can increase the SPF of organic sunscreens. It is recommended at 5–15% in formulations, where it can function as a gelling agent, rheology modifier, SPF booster or thickening agent.
Syncrowax ORM, formerly Prisorine 3800, is a naturally derived polyester formed from sorbitol, sebacic acid and behenic acid. It provides significant SPF boosting and structures waxes and oils. It is recommended at 2–10% in formulations, where it can serve as a film-former, gelling agent, rheology modifier, SPF booster or thickening agent.