Olive Wax (brand name: Olivem 1000)

INCI name: Cetearyl Olivate & Sorbitan Olivate

Cosmetic uses: hair conditioning, emulsifying

Official CosIng Description: Cetearyl Olivate is the ester of cetearyl alcohol and the fatty acids derived from olive oil; Sorbitan Olivate is d-glucitol, 1,4-anhydro-, 6-monoester with olive oil fatty acids

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Olive Wax Overview

Olive wax, also known as Olivem 1000, is a natural emulsifier derived from olive oil. It is a combination of two ingredients: cetearyl olivate and sorbitan olivate. Cetearyl olivate is an ester that comes from cetearyl alcohol and the fatty acids of olive oil, while sorbitan olivate is an ester derived from sorbitol and olive oil fatty acids.

Olive wax is obtained through a process called esterification, which involves reacting the fatty acids from olive oil with cetearyl alcohol and sorbitol. This process results in a waxy substance that has excellent emulsifying properties.

Benefits of Olive Wax in Beard Care Products

Olive wax offers several benefits when used in beard care products:

1. Emulsifying properties: Olive wax helps to blend oil and water-based ingredients, creating a stable and homogeneous product.

2. Moisturising and barrier-repairing: Olive wax generates liquid crystal structures similar to the lipid structures found in the outermost layer of the skin, providing significant moisturising and barrier-repairing properties.

3. Soothing: Olive wax has been shown to have soothing properties, making it suitable for sensitive skin.

4. Enhanced delivery of active ingredients: Olive wax can help deliver water-soluble actives, such as caffeine, more effectively.

5. Natural and biodegradable: As a plant-derived ingredient, olive wax is a natural and biodegradable alternative to synthetic emulsifiers.


Olive wax, or Olivem 1000, is a natural emulsifier derived from olive oil that offers numerous benefits in beard care products. Its moisturising, barrier-repairing, and soothing properties make it an excellent choice for nourishing and protecting the skin beneath the beard. As a company committed to using natural ingredients in our beard care products, we are proud to include olive wax in our formulations, as it aligns with our values of providing high-quality, effective, and sustainable products to our customers.