|Carnauba wax is
a resin produced by the wax palm tree Copernicia cerifera. This tree grows
in various parts of South America. However, only the trees in the Northeastern
tropical rain forests of Brazil produce the premium quality wax used by
Carnauba is available
in various grades of purity and clarity: #1 yellow is the top grade going
downward to #2 yellow, #3 yellow, and various other commercial grades.
For our wax products (California Gold® Carnauba Cleaner Wax, California
Gold® Original Formula Paste Wax, California Gold® Natural Formula
Pure Carnauba Wax; paste and liquid) we use #1 yellow exclusively, the
finest grade of carnauba available.
Carnauba has a
very strong grain structure and is the hardest wax known to man. In addition
to being incredibly durable, carnauba dries to a deep, natural shine (in
contrast, bees wax, paraffin and many synthetic waxes tend to cloud and
occlude). Carnauba wax is produced by the leaves of the tropical carnauba
tree as protection from the incredibly harsh conditions of the tropical
rain forest - intense heat, harsh equatorial sun and constant moisture
Any surface coated
with carnauba wax will be similarly protected.
Aside from automotive
appearance products carnauba wax is used as a finish coating on a wide
variety of items including: fine furniture, tobacco pipes and produce (apples,
pears, etc. are sprayed with carnauba to achieve their polished look).
It is a major ingredient in lipstick and other cosmetics. Before the advent
of vinyl it was used extensively in producing phonograph records. Carnauba
wax is so pure it is routinely used to coat pills in the pharmaceutical