5 Plant Wax Types

Posted: May 27, 2016

Plant waxes are a type of natural wax. There are a variety of wax types within the plant wax category. Learn more about a few of them.

1. Carnauba Wax

Carnauba wax (also called palm wax) is a common plant wax type. It comes from the leaves of the carnauba palm tree native to Brazil. The wax is harvested from the leaves of the plant by drying the leaves and beating them to loosen the wax. It is then refined for use in various products. Carnauba wax has a shiny finish, so it is often used in polishes for cars, shoes, floors and furniture.

2. Soy Wax

Soy wax comes from soybean oil. After the beans are harvested, they are cleaned, cracked and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes. Candlemakers commonly use soy wax to make unique candle creations. Paraffin wax is another common candle making wax, but it comes from petroleum. Some candle makers choose to use soy wax because it is completely renewable.

3. Jojoba Wax

Jojoba wax is harvested from jojoba plant seeds. The plant is grown in Costa Rica, Israel, Mexico and the U.S. Jojoba wax is commonly referred to as jojoba oil, even though its chemical makeup makes it a wax not an oil. This wax is used in many beauty products due to its protective and moisturizing properties.

4. Candelilla Wax

Candelilla wax comes from the small leaves of Candelilla shrubs native to northern Mexico and the southwestern U.S. It is harvested by immersing the whole plant in acidified boiling water. The wax then floats to the surface of the boiling water. Candelilla wax is frequently blended with other wax varieties to harden them without raising the melting point.

5. Rice-Bran Wax

Rice-bran wax is extracted from crude rice bran, the outer layer of the rice grain. It can be used interchangeably with carnauba wax due to its high melting point. It is commonly used in paper and food coatings, candles and waterproofing.

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11 Replies to “5 Plant Wax Types”

  1. Gemma says:

    Hi I would like to make my own food wraps but would like to wax to be plant based and environmentally friendly as apposed to beeswax. When a wrap is used it needs the flexibility and stickiness to be wrapped around an item and stay and to have antibacterial qualities. Jojobo oil is usually added to a wax when melted to help with the flexibility. Which wax do you recommend?

    1. Jenn Schultz says:

      Hello and thanks for your inquiry! It sounds like this would be a new product development as opposed to something off the shelf. We’ll reach out to you directly to learn a bit more about your project.

  2. Whitney Maybelle says:

    Can I use Jojoba wax in candle making? I have been using soy and its been great, but I am looking to try something new. Please let me know! Thanks so much

    1. Jenn Schultz says:

      Thanks for the inquiry! You could definitely give Jojoba a try.

  3. Rachel McNamee says:

    I have been making beeswax food wraps with great success and so I decided to try Candelilia wax as an Vegan alternative, i used the same method with the same amounts of wax…resin either pine or damar and joboba oil in both my beeswax wraps and vegan wraps but i have found that the vegan wraps just dont work, they are too brittle and not sticky enough to perform like they should, so my question is can and what wax can I use to maybe mix with Candelilla wax to make it softer, I would prefer not to use any palm based wax or Soy wax
    Thank you

    1. Jenn Schultz says:

      We would recommend using either soy or palm wax for this application. Thanks for your inquiry!

  4. Lialu says:

    I want to start my own lipgloss and i want the substance to be a bit thick. Which wax do you recommend as my main ingredient?

    1. Jenn Schultz says:

      Thanks for your inquiry! A low melt microcrystalline would work for this application. We would suggest BW-40801 or BW-43001.

  5. Anthea Poulos says:

    Hi, I am looking to make a biodegradable alternative to cheese wax. Which of the above plant-based waxes are most similar to cheese wax? Thank you for your help.

    1. Jenn Schultz says:

      Soy wax would be a possible option for this if you were to incorporate some type of thickener. Our company would be able to create a custom blend for you if that is something you are interested in. If so, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].

  6. Scott Horsmann says:

    I’m looking to come up with a recipe using beeswax and plant waxes and oils for water proofing hunting clothes. I’m wondering if you are aware of any recipes or have thoughts on what plant products to mix with beeswax.
    Thank you for your thoughts.

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