Protection and development of a natural resource
Poth Hille are the UK’s largest importer of Carnauba Wax and have been using Carnauba Waxes in blends for over 90 years. We buy directly from source in Brazil, ensuring competitive pricing for our customers whilst maintaining continuity of supply. Equally, we understand that Carnauba is an important natural resource in terms of economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits. To this end we are happy to support local initiatives that seek to educate and benefit both workers and families within the region.
Known as The Queen of Waxes, Carnauba is the hardest known natural wax that can produce a high gloss finishes, strength and wear resistance, high in crystallinity and outstanding oil absorption characteristics. Due to its unique characteristics it can be used as a key component in many varied applications which include, cosmetics, car polishes, hard wood floor polishes, release agents and tablet coatings for food and pharmaceutical products.
A wax that grows on trees
Carnauba Wax is gathered from the leaves of the palm tree known as Copernica cerifera, a slow growing tree that flourishes in the North Eastern regions of Brazil. The leaves exude a wax protecting it from dehydration in the hot climate. The cutting of the leaves takes place during the dry months of September through to February dependent on when the rainy season arrives.
The leaves of the mature trees are cut using knives on long poles. The leaves are gathered and taken to drying areas where the younger and older leaves will be separated and allowed to dry out in the sun. The crude wax powder is removed by mechanical threshing. The colour and the quality of the wax is determined by the age of the leaves. The cutting of the leaves does not damage the tree and the leaves are fully restored by the next year.
The wax powder is refined and solvent extracted to produce the recognised Carnauba grades of Prime Yellow Type 1, Extra Light Type 3 and Fatty Grey Type 4.
A myriad of applications
Carnauba is mainly supplied in flake form but can also be made available in lumps or powder and micronized powder depending on the grade required. It can be combined with most animal, vegetable and mineral waxes, in addition to many synthetic and natural resins to create a vast range of finished goods.
Prime Yellow Type 1: Lipsticks, eye pencils, mascara, creams, ointments and salves. confectionary coating, tablets, high end car polish, intaglio inks.
Extra Light Type 3: Wood care, leather care, emulsions and mold releases, car care, investment casting, textiles, sealing wax, floor polish.
Fatty Grey Type 4: Shoe care, carbon paper, TTR.
Uses & Applications
Mascara & Pencils
Grades of Carnauba Wax
Known as The Queen of Waxes, Carnauba is the hardest known natural wax that can produce a high gloss finishes, strength and wear resistance, high in crystallinity and outstanding oil absorption characteristics.
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