Even if you are not a veteran natural, chances are you have probably heard of Beeswax before. But have you heard of Carnauba Wax?

Carnauba Wax, with the scientific name of Copernicia Cerifera, is another type of wax that can be found in nail and skin care products, hair products, makeup, and sunscreen products. Carnauba wax is a plant-based wax that is extracted from the Brazilian Tropical Palm Tree. This is why it’s sometimes called Brazil Wax or palm wax. Carnauba wax is obtained by drying the palm eaves in the sun for a few days. The wax on the leaves will eventually turn into dust and is then removed by threshing. It is then melted, strained and cooled to be used at a later time.

Carnauba wax is a plant-based wax that is extracted from the Brazilian Tropical Palm Tree. It gives cosmetic products a smooth, glossy finish and is applied in a pliable, solid form. 

Benefits of Carnauba Wax

Carnauba Wax is the hardest of the commercial vegetable waxes. It is a tough, versatile and brittle wax that varies in color, from dirty yellow to brown, green or white. When used in cosmetics, Carnauba Wax gives the product a smooth application and glossy finish. It also helps to keep the product in a pliable and solid form.

Carnauba wax is used as an emulsifier which helps to ensure that the oil and liquid ingredients in a product mixes well together without separating from each other. Because carnauba is so hard, it is sometimes used to increase the thickness of solid products such as lipsticks and deodorants, so that they can maintain their intended shape. Due to the hard nature of carnauba wax, it is only used in solid-based hair products such as wax.

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If you want to create a piecey pixie or slick down your edges for a sleek ponytail protective style, use this DIY recipe for maximum hold that won't result in unhealthy scalp build-up. Purchase these ingredients online at Amazon or at your local natural foods store.

What you need

  • 6 g beeswax 
  • 2 g carnauba wax
  • 15 g sesame seed oil
  • 10 g coconut oil
  • 10 g castor oil
  • 40 g jojoba oil (grapeseed or olive oil can also be used as an alternative)
  • 10 drops of essential oils of your choice. (grapefruit, lemon, sandalwood or ylang-ylang oil are great for this recipe)


  1. Melt the wax in a pot.

  2. Stir, turn down the heat, and slowly add the blend of essential oils. If the wax hardens before everything is mixed, gradually increase the heat.

  3. Pour the mixture into a glass jar. When the mixture has cooled down to about 40 degrees Celsius, add the essential oils.