Our lip balms are 100% vegan. Instead of beeswax whis is commonly used in many balms, we use a a plant based vax called Candelilla. Candelilla is an upright, leafless growing succulent about two feet tall. This darling is native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States. Candelilla is a great plant-based alternative to beeswax with simular properties.
The wax is extracted from the candelilla plant and it means “little candle.” It is a natural, multifunctional, vegetable wax comprising a complex of natural wax esters. It is extracted by boiling the plant to separate the wax from it.
Candelilla wax is rich in nutrients and easily absorbed into the skin. Just like beeswax it creates an instant barrier to prevent moisture loss in the skin. It adds gloss and lubricity and works as a natural thickener that adds texture to a formula and prevents oils from separating, which is great for lip balms and body balms.