How to make carnauba wax emulsions

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How to make carnauba wax emulsions
Carnauba wax comes from the Brazilian cerifera palm tree. (palm tree with blue sky image by Vanessa Pike-Russell from

Carnauba is a natural plant wax that is made from the Brazilian cerifera palm tree. Many woodworkers use carnauba wax to help protect furniture as the wax is very durable, non-greasy and provides a superior shine. Using carnauba wax alone however, is very difficult because the wax is extremely hard. In order to make carnauba wax easier to use it must first be blended with other softer waxes to create a wax emulsion.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 100g beeswax
  • 100g carnauba wax flakes
  • 200ml cold-pressed orange oil
  • Mold

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  1. 1

    Place 100g of beeswax in a medium-sized saucepan and heat it over low heat until the wax is completely melted.

  2. 2

    Slowly pour 100g of carnauba wax flakes into the saucepan with the melted beeswax. Stir the wax with a metal spoon until it is blended.

  3. 3

    Slowly add 200ml of cold-pressed orange oil to the wax emulsion. Use the metal spoon to gently stir all the ingredients until they are well blended.

  4. 4

    Remove the saucepan from its heat source and allow the wax to cool for about 10 minutes. Pour the warm liquid wax into a mould such as a plastic, tin or metal container and allow it to cool overnight before use.

Tips and warnings

  • Ingredients can be purchased from a cosmetic ingredient supplier, at a local natural health store or online.

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