Characteristics, Formulation Tips, and Recipes
Natural waxes are a perennial favorite in clean skincare formulations, serving countless purposes like thickening, protecting, moisturizing, stabilizing and emulsifying. While beeswax is abundant in many skincare products, ingredients produced by bees can be a troubling choice for those with a vegan lifestyle. Enter: Candelilla Wax.
Candelilla Wax is the product of an evergreen shrub of the same name, making it a popular plant-based alternative to beeswax. While a great swap, Candelilla Wax isn’t just for playing second fiddle to beeswax- it is an excellent wax with its own unique characteristics.
Candelilla Wax is a completely plant-based, sustainably harvested wax. In nature, the wax shields the Candelilla (Euphorbia cerifera) shrub from the hot, arid desert climate by providing a protective barrier against the harsh environment. Because of this, Candelilla Wax makes an excellent choice for protective products like salves, lip balms, and ointments. When formulating with Candelilla Wax, you will notice the consistency is different than beeswax as it tends to be harder and more brittle. This hard, brittle consistency translates to a shinier, more smooth finish- making it a popular choice for lipsticks, glosses, and other products that require more “slip”.
If you’re looking to formulate with Candelilla Wax, please note that a few tweaks may be necessary to create the right ratios in your finished product. Candelilla has a much higher melting point than beeswax, which translates to a harder finished product upon cooling. A typical rule of thumb when formulating with Candelilla Wax is to use 50% the amount of beeswax recommended. Therefore, if your skincare recipe calls for 1 cup of beeswax then you’ll want to swap that for a ½ cup of Candelilla Wax.
Candelilla Wax Recipes
Looking for a place to start? Check out some great recipes below:
DIY Vegan Whipped Body Butter by Hey Lila Hey
Simple Vegan Lip Balm by Byrdie Beauty
DIY Vegan Deodorant by Biome
DIY Hair Pomade by Naturally Curly
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