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Carnauba vegetable wax

Commonly known as: Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (INCI), Carnauba Palm Wax, Brazil Wax.
Botanical name: Copernicia Cerifera.
Extraction process: The young leaves are dried in the sun for a few days, then the withered leaves are threshed. The raw wax is then refined by distillation to get rid of impurities. This is a process that consists of separating the different components of a liquid mixture according to their melting point.
Family: Arecaceae.
Part of the plant extracted: Young leaves.
Location: Native to Central and South America.
Flowering: In summer, from October to March.
Provenance, origin: Brazil.
Phytochemical composition: Aliphatic esters, fatty acid alcohols, ω-hydroxycarboxylic acids, 4-hydroxycinnamic acids, resins.
Sensorial properties: Appearance: Waxy flakes; Colour: Light yellow to dark amber (depending on age of leaves used); Smell : Neutral.
Physical characteristics: Density: 0.85-1.05g/cm3; Insoluble in water; Melting point: 82 to 86°C; Comedogenicity index: 1.
Benefits: Emollient, film-forming, softening, antioxidant, thickening, softening, nourishing.
Concerns: All skin types; All hair types, especially dull and damaged hair.



  • Film-forming, protective:Leaves a resistant film on the skin.


  • Facial skincare(lip balms, moisturizers, face masks, sun care);

  • Body skincare(baumes/body creams,crèmes/ hand balms);

  • Hygiene(shower creams, soaps, deodorants);

  • Tinted care(mascaras/mascara serums, lipsticks, lip pencils, foundations, eye shadows, eye pencils, kohl, eyebrow pencils).

How to store

Store in a dry place at a maximum temperature of 40°C. Keep away from heat sources and direct sunlight.

Contraindications and precautions for use

Carnauba wax has noadverse effects on health. However, rare cases of allergic reactions have been observed.

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Carnauba wax is a cosmetic ingredient derived from the leaves of a palm tree native to northeastern Brazil. It should not be mistaken for palm oil. Its name Copernicia was given in honor of the Polish astronomer Copernicus. The leaves secrete a waxy powder that protects them from dehydration and heat. Collected by scraping the sun-dried leaves, each leaf contains an average of 2 grams of wax. It is considered the hardest and most resistant of the vegetable waxes. Indeed, it has a particularly high melting point. Moreover, with its composition rich in fatty acid esters and fatty alcohols, it has a strong film-forming power and thus effectively protects the epidermis. The film it leaves on the skin is protective, water-resistant yet lightweight and non-comedogenic. It is also registered as a food additive (E903).