Carnauba wax is a vegetable wax obtained from the leaves of a Brazilian palm tree (Copernica cerifera) known as the “Tree of Life.” Carnauba wax is the hardest natural wax available. Commercially, it is widely used in the cosmetic, body care, food, pharmaceutical, automotive, and other industries. Carnauba wax is a wonderful ingredient to use in natural cosmetics. It is extremely durable, and dries to a glossy finish. Commonly found in lipsticks and lip balms, it may also be used in salves, balms, and in any recipe where beeswax is called for. It is a great alternative to beeswax, and a crucial ingredient in the vegan cosmetics industry. To use Carnauba wax in your recipe, it must be heated to a higher melting point than beeswax. It requires a temperature of 180-185 degrees in order to melt. Please note that Carnauba wax is harder than beeswax, and this must be taken into consideration when incorporating it into your recipes.