Saturday, January 15, 2011

What is Candelilla wax?

Have you ever heard of Candelilla Wax? Well, I did not know much about it myself until I heard it mentioned in a body balm class I took at The Nova Studio.

Candelilla Wax is a wax derived from the leaves of the small Candelilla shrub native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, Euphorbia cerifera and Euphorbia antisyphilitica, from the family Euphorbiaceae. It is yellowish-brown, hard, brittle and opaque to translucent.

According to Wikiepedia, Candelillia wax is mostly used mixed with other waxes to harden them without raising their melting point. As a food additive, candelilla wax has the E number E 902 and is used as a glazing agent. It also finds use in cosmetic industry, as a component of lip balms and lotion bars. One of its major uses was a binder for chewing gums.

If you make your own lip balms and body balms and you want to cater your products to vegans, Candelilla wax can be used as a substitute for carnauba wax and beeswax.

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