Spermwax was a wax culled from the head of the Spermwhale. Glady, I can tell you that the gathering of Spermwax is now illegal and our products have not contained it since the 1950′s. The synthetic version of spermwax is made from vegan coconut wax, and is also known by the name Cetyl Esters Wax.
Cetyl Esters Wax increases the viscosity (thickness) of Candlelight Facial & Cleansing Cream while also improving the feel. It is recognized as a synthetic only because it takes the place of another substance, however; it does come from a natural source – coconuts.
When the products were first formulated in the early 1930’s whale parts were seen as an industry standard and actually had various health benefits. Spermeceti was the only animal product used in any of the formulas. Perhaps we should change the label… but we kind of get a kick out of the name.