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What is carnauba wax? Is it renewable?

Carnauba wax is an extremely useful natural renewable resource used as a coating for some of our candies. It is harvested from the leaves of the Carnauba palm which is only grown in certain regions of Brazil. It should not be confused with palm oil palms grown in Southeast Asia.

The wax is harvested following traditional procedures. Palm leaves are cut and dried in the sun. The wax is then obtained from a film powder that coats the leaves. After cutting, the trees then continue to grow new leaves until the next harvest. The process does not damage the trees and the use of carnauba wax creates an economic incentive to keep these trees standing.