Vegan alternative to beeswax
Used to replace other waxes, to add texture, or to help make barrier products, such as lip balms. Our wax is extracted from the candelilla shrub (Euphorbia cerifera) that is found in abundance in and around Mexico's Chihuahuan Desert. Mass production of the wax started in Mexico in the 20th century and demand increased during the first world war as it was used for waterproofing tents and equipment.
Today, production of the wax is around a tenth of what it was in the 1940s when it was at its peak. So now, each harvester (or candelillero) must obtain a permit to be able to harvest the plant. The land is monitored in order to ensure that the cultivation of candelilla is not detrimental to the local ecosystem and can be done sustainably.
Candelilla wax is rich in nutrients and helps to bind other ingredients together, whilst also creating a workable texture that is easily absorbed into the skin.
We use this jojoba-candelilla mixture in our British Nanny facial moisturiser, designed for skins in need of a little extra help and protection.