Candelilla wax is a completely plant-derived wax, produced from the South American candelilla shrub. Candelilla wax is high in both fatty acids and resin, which makes it a great substitute for beeswax in homemade beauty products. It is quick absorbing and also very emollient, making it great to soothe chapped lips!
Candelilla wax is harder than beeswax, so you will need to take this into account when making your own lip balm. It’s melting point, around 70 degrees Celsius, is also higher than beeswax’s 63 degrees. It can also take up to three days to harden after melting, which means that your lip balm will take longer to set. Patience is a virtue!
That said, its natural anti-inflammatory properties and moisturizing capabilities make it an excellent choice for vegan lip balm recipes.