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Carnauba Wax

carnauba palm tree three different grades of  wax

     This hard yellow-brown wax comes from the Carnauba palm tree (Copernicea Cerifera) and is found only in the northeast of Brazil in the states of Rio Grande do Norte, Ceara and Piaui. The Carnauba palm tree is slow growing and reaches an average height of 25-35 feet and is often referred to as the tree of life. It proliferates along river banks, streams and damp lowlands. To protect itself against dehydration during the period of drought that severely affects the Northeast region of Brazil every year for more than six months, the Carnauba covers its leaves with a thick layer of wax The cutting of the leaves and sprouts takes place during the dry months of September through February. Workers use knives on long poles to trim the leaves from mature trees. The cut leaves are bundled together and sun-dried. The powder is then mechanically thrashed from the leaves and graded by color, the lighter powder originating from the younger leaves. With a maximum cutting of twenty leaves per year from a tree, the average yield of carnauba wax per tree is about 2 pounds per cutting.  The color and quality of the carnauba wax is governed by the age of the leaves and care used in processing of this hard, brittle, lustrous wax. Once refined, the Carnauba Wax is offered in different colors, grades and forms. The most widely used are the prime # 1 yellow grade which is a very pale yellow wax usually available in flake, lump, or powdered form.

Our customers mainly use carnauba wax in their beeswax polishes. A small amount will add firmness to the  polish or paste and will provide a glossier finish in furniture polishes. When it is mixed with beeswax it tends to lighten the beeswax a couple of shades. Carnauba can also be used in candle making and can be added to beeswax candles to increase burning time.

Carnauba has the highest melting point of all the natural waxes at 180 degrees  Fahrenheit

Carnauba wax used in:

Furniture and Automotive Polish Industries where its hard characteristic gives an excellent surface shine.

Paper and packaging industries where it is used in waterproof coatings

making paints and other more resistant continuous coatings.

Cosmetic industry where it gives lipsticks and enamels hardness and shine.

Food industry to coat bubble gum, chocolate, fruits as a preservative and to give the finished product a glossy shine.


Carnauba wax - MSDS