Japanese berry wax in lip balm: what is it and what does it do?
Written by Amy Ekinci.
If you use natural skin care products, you've no doubt spotted the ingredient before: Japanese berry wax, also known as sumac wax or in INCI terms called Rhus Succedanea Fruit Cera. The ingredient is often used as a vegan and sustainable alternative to beeswax. But what does it do for your body? Find out in this blog.
Back to the roots
Japanese berry wax is a natural wax extracted from the berries of the sumac plant, a plant found mainly in Japan and China. In the past, the wax was used to make candles and other craft products. Later, the Japanese discovered the wax's moisturizing and protective properties. In the 20th century, Japanese berry wax began to be used in cosmetics and skin care products. Since then, the popularity of the wax has grown and it is now used worldwide in lip balms, creams and other skin care products. Often as a vegan alternative to beeswax, as it has similar properties such as moisturization and protection.
How is it extracted?
The Japanese invented a method for extracting wax from the berries of the sumac plant centuries ago. The process begins by collecting the sumac berries, which usually ripen in the fall. The berries are washed and then placed in a large pan of water.
The pan is heated and the berries are cooked until the wax melts from the berries and rises to the surface. The melted wax is then carefully skimmed off the surface and poured into another pan. There the wax is reheated and stirred to remove all impurities. After this, it is poured into molds to cool and harden. The wax eventually turns light yellow to yellowish brown and has a firm texture. The nice thing about this ancient process is that it is still done the same way.
What does it do for your body?
One of the main benefits of Japanese berry wax is that it is incredibly hydrating. It has the ability to retain moisture and can therefore help the skin stay hydrated and soft. Thanks to its protective effect, the goodness can protect the skin from harmful external influences. In addition, it is known for its non-comedogenic properties, meaning it does not clog pores. A gentle and safe ingredient for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
Japanese berry wax is often used in combination with other ingredients, such as shea butter and vitamin E, to create an effective natural formula that softens and protects the skin. Like The Lekker Company's Raspberry Lemonade and Orange Vanilla lip balms. These 100% natural lip balms boast such a powerful, yet buttery formula. Just available at every Kruidvat in the Netherlands.