Vegan Friendly Wax
1 lb Carnauba Wax
Carnauba Wax is the hardest natural wax available. Commercially, it is widely used in the cosmetic, body care, food, pharmaceutical, auto, and other industries.
The Carnauba Palm grows in South America, Ceylon, and equatorial Africa, but the wax is only harvested in Brazil. Irregular rainy seasons in other areas inhibit the trees from producing wax. In Brazil, the Carnauba Palm is prolific, and trees grow to an average of 25-35 feet, but may grow up to 50 feet. During the dry and hot months, the leaves exude the wax to conserve moisture and protect the tree against dehydration. The leaves are then removed individually by workers during the months of September to March. A maximum of 20 leaves is removed from each tree to ensure that the tree is not endangered. The leaves are cut, sun-dried, and then thrashed to remove the wax from the leaves.
Carnauba Wax is a wonderful ingredient to use in natural cosmetics. It is extremely durable, and dries to a glossy finish. Commonly found in lipsticks and lip balms, it may also be used in salves, balms, and in any recipe where beeswax is called for. It is a good alternative to beeswax, and is popular among individuals who choose not to use animal derived products.
To use Carnauba Wax in your recipe, it must be heated to a higher melting point than beeswax. Carnauba Wax requires a temperature of 180-185 degrees in order to melt. Please note that Carnauba Wax is harder than beeswax, and this must be taken into consideration when incorporating it into your recipes.
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