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Candelilla wax is popular as a "green" product, replacing beeswax in various cosmetics so that the resulting products meet the criteria of vegan cosmetics. It is also an optimal alternative for people with allergies to bee products.
Candelilla wax, or milkweed wax in flakes, is a hard and brittle yellow wax that is extracted from euphorbium leaves, a shrub from the Mexican arid deserts. The wax covers all terrestrial parts of the plant, so it retains moisture in the desert.
The branches of the plant, covered with wax, dried in the sun for 2 weeks, crushed and heated in water with the addition of sulfuric acid. Due to sulfuric acid, the wax is separated from the branches, collected and dried in the sun. After that it is refined - melted, filtered, sometimes illuminated. Refined candelilla wax is available in the form of flakes, granules, powder or tablets. The flake shape is one of the most comfortable to use.
After refining, the candelilla wax becomes more fragile and firm than the bee, but less firm than the Carnauba. It looks like a solid mass of yellowish or brownish color, with a faint characteristic odor.
Candelilla wax differs favorably from similar components of vegetable origin in that it has an antiseptic effect. It is compatible with all vegetable and animal waxes, fatty acids. Waxes include esters, carbohydrates, free acids, resins, lactones, sterols and minerals.
Features of candelilla wax:
Candelilla wax (vegan) in flakes is used in many industries, including food, pharmaceutical and industrial. Natural vegetable wax extracted from the eurphobia plant is an integral part of many industrial products, ranging from cosmetics and medicines to polishing products for furniture, leather and cars, leather and textiles.
Candelel wax is used in conjunction with other waxes to cure them more quickly without increasing the melting point.
Candelilla wax (vegan) in flakes gives plasticity and dullness to the means of decorative cosmetics, is a part of soap, lip balms, eye shadows, provides the basis of stability and saturation.
The wax facilitates drying and improves the appearance of mascara and eyeliner, protects the lips. It has a high level of hydrophobicity and helps make cosmetics waterproof. The film-forming properties of the substance allow it to be used as a retainer for UV filters in sunscreen products. Candelilla wax is extremely slowly absorbed, fixing the filters on the skin for an extended period of time.
Standard dosage of wax:
Candel wax cosmetics are well suited for all skin types. In combination with essential oils (gutters and the like) it is especially useful for dry damaged skin. In the manufacture of cosmetics, the wax is mixed with emulsifiers and solid oils and melted in a water bath.
To make lip balm, take:
All solid oils and waxes should be warmed in a water bath, slowly stirring until smooth. Pour into prepared cosmetic jar, it can be used for 4-5 hours.
In the industry, wax is used for wax candles, religious statues, artificial flowers, waterproofing fabric, in leather production. Store at room temperature in a dark place for 3-4 years.