A vegetable wax from Brazil harvested from the leaves of the Carnauba palm tree. It is harder and has a higher melting temperature than beeswax. Since carnauba is easier to melt than damar resin, it is sometimes substituted for damar or combined with the damar to make encaustic medium.
Carnauba wax is obtained from the leaves of the palm tree known as Copernicia Cerifera, which is also referred to as the “Tree of Life”. The Carnauba palm flourishes in northeastern regions within Brazil and proliferates naturally along riverbanks, streams and damp low-lands.
The tree exudes wax through the petioles of its fan-shaped leaves, which prevent dehydration in the equatorial climate. The palm leaves, harvested in the dry months occurring from September through February are sun-dried and mechanically thrashed to separate the wax from the leaf. The color and quality of the wax are governed by the age of the leaves and are used in processing.
Carnauba wax is considered among the hardest of natural waxes and produces a very durable film. It has a high melt point, enhances oil retention, is valued as a stable co-emulsifier agent and is an exceptional polishing aid.
This is No. 1 Yellow (Type 1) National Formulary (NF) grade of Carnauba wax. This grade is a cosmetic, pharmaceutical and confectionery grade product.
Carnauba wax is compatible with most vegetable and mineral waxes and a large variety of natural and synthetic resins.
Applications suitable for this grade of Carnauba wax include cosmetics, ointments, tablet coatings, candles, confections, investment casting, auto, floor and shoe polishes, inks and paper coatings, and fruit coatings.
|Grade||Type 1 NF|
|Melting Point (Open Cap. Tube USP Class II)||80–86° C|
|Flash Point, Minimum (ASTM D92-78)||310–318° C|
|Paraffinic Hydrocarbons||2% Maximum|
CTFA INCI Name: Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax
EU INCI Name: Cera Carnauba
CAS Number: 8015-86-9
Country of Origin: USA
Carnauba wax is FDA approved for end use under regulations 21CFR 184.1978 and 175.320 and is CTFA listed.
Carnauba wax is GRAS listed.
Natural Pigments’ Carnauba wax does not contain any preservatives.
Carnauba wax Harmonized Tariff Schedule is 1521.10.0040.
|Processing Time||Usually ships within 24 hours.|