One of the most exciting things about candelilla wax is that it's a vegan substitute for beeswax. It's often used to replace other waxes to add texture or help make barrier products, such as lip balms. Candelilla may also be found in moisturizers and massage bars, and is supremely softening and protective.
Candelilla wax is a hard and brittle wax extracted from the wax-coated stems of Candelilla shrubs. The plant has traditionally been harvested from the wild to extract the thick wax coating, originally used to make candles, giving candelilla its name 'little candle.'