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Carnauba wax (certified organic, sustainably harvested)

A Vegan alternative to Beeswax which we use in our lip balms.  Our Carnauba wax is sustainably obtained from the leaves of the palm tree known as Copernica cerifera, which is also referred to as the 'Tree of Life'. This slow-growing carnauba palm flourishes in the north-eastern regions of Brazil, reaching an average height of 8-12m. 

The cutting of the leaves and sprouts takes place during the dry months of September through to February. Workers use knives on long poles to trim the leaves from mature trees. The cut leaves are sun-dried and mechanically thrashed to remove the crude wax.  With a maximum cutting of twenty leaves per year from a tree, the average yield of wax for each tree is about one kilo per cutting. The majority of tree harvesting takes place in the Brazilian states of Ceara and Piaui.