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Candelilla Wax

plant based wax

Candelilla Wax

Other Name(s):

Euphorbia cerifera Wax; Canelilla Cera Wax; Euphorbia antisyphilitica Wax; CAS# 8006-44-8; E 902

Candelilla shrubs grow wild in the arid semi-deserts of Mexico and Arizona, California, and Texas where they developed a thick waxy cuticle to prevent water loss. It grows well even in poor soils, and has a very low water requirement.

Is Candelilla Wax Faithful to Nature?


Candelilla Wax is a natural, highly sustainable ingredient that can be manufactured safely without harming the environment.

Benefits: Why is Candelilla Wax Used?

Silky Soft

Candelilla Wax is one of the softest plant-based waxes.

Adds Texture

Candelilla Wax helps to thicken skin care products.

Plant Based Alternative

Candelilla Wax is a plant-based alternative to beeswax.

Extremely Gentle

Candelilla Wax is hypoallergenic.

Candelilla Wax is found in a huge number of cosmetics, especially lipsticks but is also used in eyeliners, concealers, foundations, bronzers and much more. Many balms and salves also use candelilla as a plant-based alternative to beeswax. It’s used extensively in chewing gum products and as a glazing agent on throat lozenges too.

Candelilla Wax was made from the protective layer found on the stems. The whole stems are processed using a mixture of boiling water and an acid. The type of acid used was most commonly sulfuric acid but more sustainable citric acid extraction methods have been in use since 2013.

Wax wraps are taking sustainable kitchens to the next level. Beeswax wraps were some of the first to hit store shelves, but many vegans wish to avoid using these. Brands have developed plastic-free, reusable food wraps using candelilla wax.

Notice: The information provided here is not intended as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.

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