Candelilla Wax

What is it? A hard plant-based wax from the leaves of the Candelilla (Euphorbia Cerifera) shrub.
Appearance Small, brittle yellow flakes.
Texture Hard and firm flaky bits.
Scent A distinctive, mild, sort of sweet smell.
Absorbency Speed The wax itself won’t absorb into your skin on its own, but salves made with it tend to absorb faster than salves made with beeswax.
Approximate Melting Point 70°C/158°F
Solubility Oil
Why do we use it in formulations? To harden/thicken;
Do you need it? It’s a really useful additional wax, and it pairs well with beeswax in lots of recipes.
Refined or unrefined? You won’t really have a choice; refined.
Strengths It’s a strong, glossy thickener and works well in small amounts.
Weaknesses It’s so glossy that salves and balms made with it don’t have great staying power since they tend to be quite slippery.
Alternatives & Substitutions Carnauba wax works pretty well.
How to Work with It Use it to thicken and harden concoctions; learn about how strong it is with this experiment.
Storage & Shelf Life Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry, candelilla wax should have an indefinite shelf life.
Tips, Tricks, and Quirks You can try using it instead of beeswax at about 80%, but the consistency differences will impact the feel of the final product.
Recommended starter amount 100g (3.3oz)
Where to Buy it  Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.

Some Formulations that Use Candelilla Wax


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September 2, 2016