Essential on lips
Candelilla wax is produced from stems of the wild growing shrub Euphorbia Cerifera or wax slipper plant, mainly located in the semi-arid areas of North Eastern Mexico and Chihuahua desert.
To extract the wax, the plants are cut and left to dry in the sun, packed in bundles and brought to collection areas where the crude wax is boiled out and skimmed from the surface. The crude wax is collected and taken away for additional refining to produce standard or high quality Candelilla wax.
Candelilla is a versatile hard natural wax, light in colour, insoluble in water and high in resin content. It is easy and stable to work with and the relatively low melting point allows formulators to harden products without increasing the melting point.
Candelilla wax also has superb oil retention properties which help provide a prolonged shelf life in lipstick formulations. It also offers good gloss and shrinkage characteristics which make it an ideal component in lip care formulas. It is also widely used in mascaras to thicken, lengthen and define eyelashes.
Intrinsic in lashes
Poth Hille has been the UK’s number one supplier of Candelilla wax for many years. Our experience in import and export is vital as Candelilla wax is a protected species under CITES which requires a licence. We can ensure all the statutory import/export documentation is available to our customers.
As a food additive, Candelilla is classified as GRAS, EU regulated as food additive E902 and used as a glossing agent, emulsifier, fruit coating additive and in chewing gum base.
We only source from recognised and established producers and are working closely with them to advise on factors like climate and rain levels which can influence the supply. We also encourage the implementation of economic and social programs which will permit an improved lifestyle and living conditions of the inhabitants of the Candelilla Region.
Candelilla is not available as a certified organic product due to wax extraction process. The refined grade is available as pale-yellow pellets or powder and the crude as pale brown lumps.
Standard packaging in 25 kilo poly bags.