|Hard vegetable wax, lustrous, slightly tacky. Color
varies from yellow to tan. Low coefficient of expansion
||From 68.5 to 72.5 degrees Centigrade
||12 to 22
||From 43 to 65
Candelilla is a natural vegetable wax that occurs as the outer coating of a shrub that grows in the deserts of northern Mexico. It is extracted in the fields by heating the plants in water, adding sulfuric acid, and skimming off the wax. A large quantity of crude candelilla is subsequently remelted, filtered and bleached.
Candelilla is best known as the plasticizer used with chicle to make chewing gum. The wax gives the gum its "chew". Its oil retention properties allow the gum to hold flavors as well. Candelilla has proven to be superior to most synthetic waxes for this application.
Because candelilla has extraordinary molding properties and exactly reproduces every detail, it is a superior precision casting wax. Other properties, such as chemical stability, water repellency, high melting point, and good electrical resistance, make it useful in electronic and electrical products, liquid and paste polishes and waterproofing compounds. Other applications include paints, sealing waxes, paint removers, cosmetics, lubricants, adhesives, dyes, paper making additives, and pyrotechnics.
Candelilla wax is light brown to light yellow, hard, brittle,
slightly tacky and lustrous. Candelilla is softer than carnauba.