Carnauba Wax


Chemical information

Brazil Wax; Caranda Wax; Carnauba, cire de; Cera carnauba; Cera Coperniciae; Cera de carnauba; E903; Karnauba pálmaviasz; Karnaubavaha; Karnaubavax; Karnaubo vaškas; Vosk karnaubský.
CAS — 8015-86-9.


In Eur., Int., and Jpn. Also in USNF.

Ph. Eur. 6.2

(Carnauba Wax). It is obtained from the leaves of Copernicia cerifera. Pale yellow or yellow powder, flakes, or hard masses. It has a relative density of about 0.97. M.p. 80° to 88°. Practically insoluble in water and in alcohol; soluble on heating in ethyl acetate and in xylene. Protect from light.


(Carnauba Wax). It is obtained from the leaves of Copernicia cerifera (Palmae). A light brown to pale yellow, moderately coarse powder or flakes, possessing a characteristic bland odour, and free from rancidity. Sp. gr. about 0.99. M.p. 80° to 86°. Insoluble in water; slightly soluble in boiling alcohol; soluble in warm chloroform and in warm toluene; freely soluble in warm benzene.


Carnauba wax is used in pharmacy as a coating agent. Its use is also permitted in certain foods. Various types and grades are used industrially in the manufacture of polishes.
Published February 07, 2019.