Candelilla Wax

Candelilla Wax is derived from the leaves of the small Candelilla shrub, a plant native to the Chihuahua desert in northeastern Mexico. The wax is yellowish-brown, hard, brittle and opaque to translucent.


Candelilla wax’s moderate melting range, good gloss, durable film and a low coefficient of contraction make it a highly valued wax in a wide range of industries including cosmetics, pharmaceutical, confection and ink & coatings applications.


  • lip balms and lotion bars (provides “slip”)
  • furniture polish
  • precision casting wax
  • electronic and electrical products
  • liquid and paste polishes
  • waterproofing compounds

Forms Available

  • Crude lump
  • Refined lumps
  • Flakes, powder and granules


Candelilla Wax is compatible with most vegetable and mineral waxes and a large variety of natural and synthetic resins.

Table 1. Spec Sheet of Pure Crude Candelilla Wax

Test Method Specification
Color Visual Tan
Melting Point USP/NF˂741> Method II 68.5-72.5 C
Acid Value NF Monograph for Candelilla Wax 12-22
Saponification Value NF Monograph for Candelilla Wax 43-65


Table 2. Spec Sheet of Candelilla Wax Granules

Test Method Specification
Color Visual Yellow
Identification by IR Current NF Monograph Complies
Melting point Current NF Monograph 68.5 – 72.5 C
Acid value Current NF Monograph 12-22
Saponification value Current NF Monograph 43-65
Limit of Lead Current NF Monograph NMT  3 ppm
Residual Solvents Current NF Monograph Complies


Table 3. Candelilla Wax Substitute

Test Method Specification
Color Visual Light Yellow
Drop (Melting) Point ASTM D-127 75 – 81 C
Acid value USP/NF ˂401> 10-20
Saponification value USP/NF ˂401> 50-65