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Cosmetics Ingredients
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Cosmetics Ingredients


CAS Number 63231-60-7 / 64742-42-3
Chem/IUPAC Name: Paraffin waxes and Hydrocarbon waxes, microcryst. A complex combination of long, branched chain hydrocarbons obtained from residual oils by solvent crystallization. It consists predominantly of saturated straight and branched chain hydrocarbons predominantly greater than C35
EINECS/ELINCS No: 264-038-1 / 265-144-0
COSING REF No: 75078
Cera Microcristallina is an amazing thickening agent that is used in cosmetics and personal care products to impart them with a semi-solid or a solid texture. It is widely used in products like lipsticks to solidify them as well as make them smooth. Further, it also serves as an ingredient for softening the upper layers of the skin and making them moisturized. Cera Microcristallina has a wax-like appearance and is also known as Microcrystalline Wax.


Cera Microcristallina or Microcrystalline Wax is a very essential ingredient in the world of makeup that gives the products its shape and texture. It can be found in a range of products such as lipsticks, lip balms and eye pencils. Microcrystalline Wax in cosmetics works primarily as a thickening agent that gives a solid, smooth feel to the cosmetic formulations. It also reduces the transparency of the products to make them more opaque. Cera Microcristallina can also be found in skin care products, primarily to control the viscosity of the formulations. This ingredient can soften the outer layers of the skin by keeping it moisturized and preventing water loss from the surface.


Cera Microcristallina is a type of hydrocarbon wax that is made by de-oiling petroleum. It is a highly refined ingredient that is produced as a part of the petroleum refining process.

What does CERA MICROCRISTALLINA do in a formulation?

  • Viscosity controlling

Safety profile

Cera Microcristallina is safe for skin and poses no known risks. It only functions as a thickening agent and the crystals present in this ingredient are not big enough to penetrate the skin. Cera Microcristallina is also vegan and halal.


Technical profile

Property Values
Melting Point 60-93°C
Solubility Insoluble in water

Commercial Selection : Grades containing solely CERA MICROCRISTALLINA

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