INCI: Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax *
Known for: Cell Regeneration
Candelilla Wax is obtained from a shrub called Euphorbia Cerifa. This incredible plant, better known as the Candelilla Shrub, is native to Mexico and the southwestern United States.
The name Candelilla means 'little candle', as the plant was historically used in candle making. However, it is better known for its usefulness as a natural skincare ingredient in modern times.
Candelilla wax forms a thick outer coating of the leaves and stems of the plant, protecting against severe weather conditions. This is yet another of nature's ingenious survival strategies, as the waterproof layer stops the plant from losing essential moisture.
To extract Candelilla Wax, the plant is boiled in a solution of water and sulphuric acid, which helps to keep the wax separate from the water, allowing it to be skimmed off the top. The wax is then filtered several times and left to set. The finished product is a pale yellow colour and has a slightly sweet fragrance.
We love Candelilla Wax because it gives us an utterly vegan source of wax. And if you are wondering why a pet skincare creator needs to use wax, you would be amazed at how many types of cosmetic products contain wax! For example, lip balms, lotion bars, soaps, foundations, and body creams often contain wax ingredients.
Candelilla Wax gives us an all-natural way to add smoothness and viscosity to our pet skincare products. It enhances the skin's protective barrier, locking in moisture and improving the skin's suppleness. This incredible ingredient also works wonders on hair too! The natural oils nourish and replenish the hair, helping to facilitate detangling. It also gives an all-natural glossy shine to human and animal hair.
As well as improving the health of the skin and hair, this versatile ingredient has several functional roles to play. It can be used as a stabilizer and binder, helping other components to work together effectively in our skincare products. This is invaluable when creating lotions and ointments; otherwise, the oils and liquids would simply separate!