Organic Candelilla Wax
Organic Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia cerifera)
Candelilla (Euphorbia Antisyphilitica) is native to the Chihuahuan Desert of Northern Mexico and Western Texas. Candelilla wax is derived from the stems of the Candelilla plant. The wax occurs as the outer coating of the shrub which helps the plant retain moisture.
Candelilla wax is a great vegan alternative to traditional beeswax. When all of the wax has been removed from the plant, it is allowed to dry. The dried plants are used for fuel thus recycling the entire plant. The Candelilla shrub is removed leaving parts of the root that grow into another shrub within three years.
Native to northern Mexico and West Texas the Candelilla shrub can produce this wax that can be incredibly beneficial for dogs that have dried and cracked paws. There are many ingredients on the market that can be beneficial as a paw soother and candelilla wax is one of them.
Why Use Organic Candelilla Wax for Dogs
This hard and brittle wax is derived from the wax coated stems of the shrub. This wax was originally used to make candles and the shrub became known as the ‘little candle.’ It was also commonly used during the first part of the 20th century as a waterproofing agent to protect tents and equipment for soldiers during World War I.
There are certain qualities about candelilla wax that make it beneficial as a paw soother for dogs with dried and cracked paws.
Because of its high ester, fatty acid and moisture retaining properties, Candelilla wax is one of the best suited ingredients for increasing the protective coating of several of our products.
When added to other ingredients as a paw soother, it can help to bind the other ingredients to the texture of the paws, keeping all of those beneficial nutrients from becoming rubbed off as the animal runs around.
Essential Properties of Organic Candelilla Wax
While there are limited properties to candelilla wax, it is made up of mainly hydrocarbons, esters, free acids, and resins. Because of the high hydrocarbon content of candelilla wax, that is what separates or distinguishes it from carnauba wax.
One of the most important characteristics of candelilla wax is that it helps to lock in moisture in the skin. This essentially acts as a barrier and that can be incredibly beneficial for dog paws, especially those that may have a tendency to become dried and cracked.
History of Organic Candelilla Wax
The usage of candelilla wax has been relatively recent. Aside from being used to make candles through relatively recent history, there wasn’t a significant demand for this wax for health and well-being before the 20th century when it began to be used as a waterproofing agent for soldiers’ tents and equipment as they were heading off to World War I.
It has also been used as a polish and lubricant for various things through the years. As a paw soother, candelilla wax is an essential ingredient that helps to lock in moisture as part of a series of other ingredients that all provide tremendous benefits for dogs, whether their paws are in relatively decent condition or are extremely dried and cracked and possibly even painful.