carnauba wax

Carnauba, also called Brazil wax and palm wax, is a wax of the leaves of the palm Copernicia prunifera, a plant native to and grown only in the northeastern Brazilian states of Piauí, Ceará, Maranhão, Bahia, and Rio Grande do Norte.

description of carnauba wax

  • Carnauba also called Brazil wax and palm wax, is a wax of the leaves of the palm Copernicia prunifera  a plant native to and grown only in the northeastern Brazilian states of Piauí, Ceará, Maranhão, Bahia, and Rio Grande do Norte.It is known as “queen of waxes” and in its pure state, usually comes in the form of hard yellow-brown flakes. It is obtained from the leaves of the carnauba palm by collecting and drying them, beating them to loosen the wax, then refining and bleaching the wax. As a food additive, its E number is E903.
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USES

  • It is used as a coating agent for candies and other sweets. Being a natural and plant-based substance, it can be safely used in food products.
  • It is used as a vegetarian substitute in place of gelatin, as it is a vegetable wax. This also proves beneficial to those who do not prefer animal-derived products.
  • It is used as a polishing agent to deliver a glossy finish in polishes and waxes for cars, shoes, instruments, etc. A combination of carnauba wax, beeswax, and turpentine can be used in floor and furniture polishes.
  • It is employed in the making of candles.
  • As a coating agent, it is used for dental floss, paper, as well as disposable cups and plates, and on various other surfaces.
  •  It is used as an ingredient in deodorants.
  • It is used in the manufacture of reinforced plastics where it functions as an agent for releasing mold.