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Are vegan waxes in high demand?

Vegan waxes are highly sought after right now, with candelilla wax one of the most popular and versatile.

The rise of veganism

Over the past few years, veganism has become more and more popular in the UK – and the numbers speak for themselves! In 2014 only 150,000 people identified as vegan, which amounts to around 0.25% of the population. By 2019, that number had risen to 600,000, which translates to over 1% of the population! That’s an incredible rise, and numbers are increasing year on year.

A change in shopping habits

As well as adopting cruelty-free diets, people are now taking a much closer look at the products that they use. 19% of people check if their toiletries are tested on animals, and there is growing demand for products that are formulated with vegan ingredients. With shoppers developing an unshakeable conscience, manufacturers have had to ensure that the waxes that they use in their products stand up to scrutiny.

Vegan waxes

So, what vegan waxes are available today? Depending on your application, one of the following natural waxes would be a great choice:

  • Carnauba Wax
  • Candelilla Wax
  • Rice Bran Wax
  • Sunflower Wax
  • Sumac Wax

If you are looking for hydrogenated waxes that are also vegan, then you should take your pick from the following: 

  • Soy Wax
  • Rapeseed Wax
  • Castor Wax
  • Coconut Wax

Candelilla wax

Candelilla wax is one of the most popular vegan waxes available on the market today. This wax is derived from the leaves of the small Mexican Candelilla shrub, making it all-natural and full of fantastic benefits. The extraction process has been carefully refined over the years, and those shopping for vegan waxes can be sure that candelilla will more than deliver.

What can it be used for?

What can candelilla wax be used for? It’s become incredibly sought-after with manufacturers in a wide range of fields, as it is fantastically versatile and can be used alongside such a wide range of other ingredients. It is often used to harden other waxes – but has the benefit of not altering their melting point, helping formulations remain stable. In the food production sector, it is commonly seen as an emulsifier, fruit coating additive, and glazing agent, as well as a base/binder for chewing gums. It’s also a popular component in lip balms and lotion bars, making it very popular with those developing and manufacturing cosmetics and beauty products.

Benefits of candelilla wax

Along with its versatility, candelilla wax also has a number of other benefits. It is incredibly stable, and can be depended on to perform exactly as anticipated in a really wide range of formulations. It also retains oil, which prolongs the shelf life of the products that it is added to, and helps them to last for much longer once they have been opened. So it makes good business sense to include it in a formulation!

What next?

To find out more about candelilla wax and how it could be suitable for your particular application, reach out to a trusted supplier. They will be able to provide you with advice and point you in the direction of the right wax for you.