Mountain Rose Herbs

Carnauba Wax

Botanical Name- Copernica cerifera

Origin- USA

Extraction- Hand milled/naturally processed

Recommended Shelf Life- 3-4 years

Notes- Stores well under any condition but extreme heat and light may cause discoloration. Carnauba wax will vary in color from a pale yellow to deep golden. This difference in coloration is the result of the tree’s age upon harvest, and our batches will naturally vary. The line of Carnauba we offer is approved and manufactured by the national Formulary (NF) and is FDA approved for cosmetic and household formulations. It is compatible with most animal, vegetable and mineral waxes and a large variety of natural and synthetic resins.The Carnauba wax offered by Mountain Rose Herbs is certified organic.

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Color- Light yellow

Odor- Flat

Size- ¼ inch standard flake

Acid Value- 2.8

Melting Point- 83 degrees C

Saponification Value- 84

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Carnauba Wax is a vegetable wax obtained from the leaves of a Brazilian palm tree (Copernica Cerifera) known as the “Tree of Life”.  The name “Tree of Life” comes from the natives in the surrounding area, who have extensively used this product in their daily lives.  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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