Why does wax crystallize? Are organic waxes better?

 Why does wax sometimes crystallize?

One of the main ingredients in wax is gum rosin, which is the natural sap that comes from pine trees.  The trees are not chopped down to get the sap, it is actually tapped out of the tree, just like they do for rubber on rubber trees (or pure maple syrup!)

The rosin for Lycon waxes is harvested at different times of the year and …. being a totally natural product it can be a bit unpredictable.  Sometimes there is a natural occurrence in the rosin that will make the wax crystallize.

When wax is heated only to the working temperature, which we therapists often do- heating the wax very slowly for hours- crystallizing can occur. At times, wax needs a higher temperature. High heat will uniform the consistency and to also sterilize the wax. Dust particles, re-dipping spatulas and moisture in the wax can also affect the wax and increase the likelihood of crystals.

How to fix wax crystallization:

Lycon wax on Vogue Beauty

1.    Turn the heater up to the highest temperature, (most heaters – 120 Deg C) and leave the wax on this setting for an hour.   The high heat will not harm the wax, it can only make it better.

2.    After an hour, turn the wax down and cool to working temperature.  The wax will then be smooth and workable.

NOTE: It is advisable to heat the wax as suggested above at least once a week. Doing so will sterilize the wax and improve the uniformity and consistency of the wax.

Lycon has been using the same natural rosin for over 30 years because it is the only rosin that can be used to create the special Lycon wax quality.  It provides an excellent grip on hair which enables hair removal as short as 1mm. “That’s all well and good,” you may say, but it leaves the question, are Lycon waxes organic?

Are Lycon waxes organic products?

Most Lycon waxes are natural.  Some are a mixture of natural and synthetic, such as LYCOtec waxes and LYCOdream.

  As far as we know, there are no organic pine rosins, making truly organic waxes impossible to create.  But the pines used grow in very natural forests, and so their rosins are very pure and natural.  Pine rosin waxes are stronger and will remover short stubborn hair better than synthetic based waxes.

Keep in mind that the synthetic (man-made) resins used for Lycon waxes are excellent! These resins are very stable and do not cause any irritation or allergic reactions.

Did you know? A ‘Natural’ reaction…….

While it is uncommon, some people can actually develop a reaction to natural pine rosins, and for them, Lycotec waxes are the best choice. The client may have had waxing with a pine rosin based wax for many years and all of a sudden develop an allergic reaction.  If a client develops a reaction to pine rosin, stop waxing with that type of wax and the irritation will go away.

What about natural cleansers, lotions and other products?

There has been mounting evidence against the use of certain chemicals and hormones in skin care products. Dioxanes, phthalates and mercury are some obvious things we want to avoid.

But ‘Organic’ can be somewhat of a gimmick for skincare. There are drawbacks in regard to ‘organic’ skincare. Often, organic or natural-based products are not very effective in treating a particular skin condition. Additionally, many good and effective ingredients, which may be completely natural, are not always available ‘organically’. There have been many articles on the pros and cons of natural and organic skin care products in the cosmetics world lately that comment in detail.

While Lycon creams and lotions are not organic, they are natural based.

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