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        Candelilla Wax

        A Vegan DIY Essential

        What is Candelilla wax?

        Candelilla wax is a vegan product derived from the Candelilla plant. The wax is produced by boiling the leaves of the plant in an acidic solution, which causes the leaves to secrete the wax, which can then be collected once it floats to the top. The Candelilla plant is native to Northern Mexico and Southwestern parts of the United States. This plant was initially used to produce the first candles, hence the name Candela which means “little candle.” Exploiting the candelilla plant for wax has been going on since the start of the 20th century, becoming an important economic activity in the Mexican region of the Chihuahuan desert.

        Candelilla wax has similar properties to beeswax, with some important differences. While beeswax is secreted by honeybees, Candelelia is vegan. In addition, Candelelia is harder, unscented and faster to melt at high temperatures. It is a good option for those wanting to create an unscented DIY product or mix in a fragrance of their choice.

        What’s it for?

        Candelila wax is recognized as safe to ingest; therefore, it is perfect to use in lip balm and other skincare products! It has the technical function of working as a binder that prevents oils and liquids from separating, making it an important ingredient in your favourite creamy products. It also helps to thicken and harden products such as thicker body lotions.

        It also has several benefits for the skin. It serves as a moisturizer, giving a smooth and glossy finish. It is absorbed easily, and once soaked in, it prevents further moisture loss. It is also rich in vitamin A, which explains some of the product’s powerful anti-aging properties! Vitamin A supports cell regeneration, helping to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and signs of premature aging. It also protects the skin from environmental damage by creating a barrier between it and a harsh external environment. The vitamin A in the wax also helps boost collagen production, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles from within and promoting the growth of new skin cells. This vitamin also boasts helpful anti-inflammatory properties. It is also non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog pores, making it safe for oily skin.


        As an allergen-free, cruelty-free natural substance, Candelila wax is the perfect product to use on its own or integrate into your next DIY. Safe to ingest and highly beneficial for the skin, it is perfect for lip balms, moisturizers, and hair care.

        Some of our all-natural DIY kits contain hemp butter as one of their ingredients. Shop our products to learn more!