Carnauba Wax Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis, By Type (Type 1, Type 3, and Type 4), Form (Powder and Flakes), Application (Gelling Agent, Thickening Agent, Binding Agent, and Others), End-use (Personal Care, Food & Beverages, Automotive, Pharmaceuticals, and Others), By Region, Forecast Period-2022 – 2030. (Updated Version Available)

Report ID - MRC_1336 | Pages - 230 | Category - Organic Chemicals

Key Market Overview:

Carnauba Wax Market size was worth USD 280.98 Million in 2021, accounting for a CAGR of 4.15% during the forecast period (2022-2030), and the market is projected to be worth USD 405.14 Million by 2030.

Carnauba wax is a natural wax obtained from the leaves of the Copernicia prunifera, a native palm tree of Brazil. It is yellowish-hard wax, obtained by collecting, beating, and cleaning the tree leaves. Furthermore, it is heated and filtered to remove impurities. Carnauba wax is a natural and versatile ingredient that has been used for centuries for several purposes. Its stability and durability make it a prevalent choice in many industries including cosmetics, food, and automotive. It is also known for its high gloss and water-resistance properties. Its natural origins make it an attractive option for consumers looking for eco-friendly and sustainable products.

The regional market of carnauba wax is dominated by the Asia Pacific owing to its usage in the cosmetics industry in this region. Furthermore, the established presence of the glass industry in North America is propelling the market growth over the forecast period.

Market Dynamics


  • Emergent cosmetics industry:

Carnauba wax is largely used in the cosmetic industry as a thickening agent in makeup products, for this reason increasing usage of carnauba wax in the cosmetics industry is propelling the market growth.

  • Increasing demand for carnauba wax in the automotive industry:

Carnauba wax is majorly used in the automotive industry for various purposes such as protectants for plastic, rubber, and paint surfaces, thus its huge adoption is propelling the market growth.

  • Escalating applications in the food & beverages industry:

Carnauba wax is also used in the food & beverages industry for product coating which is driving the market growth.


Carnauba wax is expensive as compared to other types of wax and the availability of alternatives and synthetic waxes, such as paraffin wax and polyethylene wax, reduces the demand for the product in some applications. Furthermore, carnauba wax is predominantly produced in Brazil and harvested from the leaves of the Copernicia prunifera palm tree, which makes it difficult to extract large quantities of the wax. The supply of carnauba wax is subjected to fluctuations due to its seasonal harvesting, which can cause pricing volatility. The above-mentioned factors hamper the market growth.


Owing to the rapid development in technology, carnauba wax polymers are used as edible coatings and films. These coatings provide a natural barrier against gases, moisture, lipids, and other volatile substances between food and the outer environment. Its usage in the food and beverages industry also increasing rapidly for product coating. Thereby creating ample opportunities for the market over the forecast period.

Carnauba Wax Report Coverage:

Report Attributes Report Details
Study Timeline 2016-2030
Market Size in 2030 (USD Million) 405.14 Million
CAGR (2022-2030) 4.15%
By Product Type Type 1, Type 3, and Type 4
By Form Powder and Flakes
By Application Gelling Agent, Thickening Agent, Binding Agent, and Others
By End use Personal Care, Food & Beverages, Automotive, Pharmaceuticals, and Others
By Region North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa
Key Players Strahl & Pitsch, Inc., Koster Keunen, LLC., Poth Hille & Co Ltd., Kahl GmbH & CO. KG, Calwax., Frank B. Ross Co., Inc., Lush Retail Ltd., Akrochem Corporation, Pontes Indústria, and Rodolfo G. Moraes CIA LTDA

 Market Segmentation:

By Product Type

On the basis of product type, the carnauba wax market is segmented into type 1, type 3, and type 4. The Type 1 segment holds the largest market share in terms of revenue in 2021. It is the finest form of product and has a huge demand for food and pharmaceutical products. It is also employed in the production of automotive wax formulations that are utilized for improving the shine of automotive builds and increasing the aesthetic look. The increasing demand for the product in fruit coatings is likely to drive considerable demand for the product over the forecast period. The type 3 and type 4 waxes are dark in color and are applied in industrial polishes and leather tanning processes. Furthermore, this is also utilized in the cosmetics industry as a substance to impart gloss to multiple products such as nail polishes and lip colors. However, the demand for type 4 is anticipated to grow at the fastest CAGR over the forecast period.

By Form

Based on form the market is segmented into powder and flakes. The powder form segment contributed the largest share to the market growth. The powdered carnauba wax is used as a hardening and gelling agent in several products such as chewing gum and candies, thereby fueling the growth of this segment. Furthermore, carnauba wax in the form of flakes is projected to grow at the fastest CAGR over the forecast period, as it is primarily used in the cosmetics and personal care industry for a glossy finish in various products such as lipsticks and lip balms.

By Application

Based on application the market is segmented into the gelling agent, thickening agent, binding agent, and others. Carnauba wax is utilized as a gelling agent in the industry of food and beverages. As a glazing agent (a food additive that provides a waxy coating to prevent water loss from the surface), it gives a shiny appearance to the food items and averts them from getting stuck to the packaging. It is further utilized to coat vegetables and fruits to preserve their freshness. In the cosmetics and personal care industry, this is used as a thickening agent. It helps to create creamy and smooth textures in products such as eye makeup, lotions, and lipsticks. Furthermore, it is used in the pharmaceutical industry as a binding agent in tablet formulations. It helps to progress the release rate and stability of active ingredients. Overall, carnauba wax is a multi-functional ingredient that plays a significant role in a variety of industries due to its natural origin and unique properties.

By End-use

The end-use segment is categorized into personal care, food and beverage, automotive, furniture, pharmaceuticals, candles, and others. In the personal care industry, carnauba wax is used as a thickener, texturizer, and emulsifier in cosmetic products. This segment holds more than 35% of the market share in 2021 and is recognized as the largest shareholder in the market. The food & beverage industry utilizes it as a glazing agent. It is also utilized for polishing purposes in industries such as automotive and furniture, which enhances the shine and protects the surfaces. Furthermore, the pharmaceutical industry utilizes carnauba wax as a binding agent. Also, it is utilized in candle making as a stiffening agent to improve the stability and burn time of candles.

By Region

The region segment is categorized into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. The market is dominated by the Asia Pacific. This region approximately holds more than 35% of the market share. This is due to the increasing demand for the product in the personal care and cosmetic industry. The rising disposable income of consumers in this region is leading them to maintain their lifestyles, along with the presence of major players in the industry. The above-mentioned are some of the factors that drive the market growth in Asia Pacific. North America is likely to witness the fastest growth over the forecast period due to the presence of leading players offering innovative products such as organic, herbal, vegan-friendly carnauba wax.

Carnauba Wax Market Competitive Landscape:

The competitive landscape of the market has been estimated in the report, with in-depth profiles of the major players operating in the industry. Further, the surge in product innovation, Research and Development (R&D), and several business strategies have accelerated the growth of the Sample Preparation market. Key players in the market include-

Recent developments

  • In July 2021, Akrochem Corporation acquired Bech Chem LLC. This acquisition of predominant suppliers of chemicals will enable the expansion of the paints, coatings, and lubricants market
  • In November 2021, Lush Retail announced a partnership with Door Dash to provide same-day delivery of handmade commodities. This partnership will enable the consumers to get convenient access to Lush Retail items.

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Carnauba Wax Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis, By Type (Type 1, Type 3, and Type 4), Form (Powder and Flakes), Application (Gelling Agent, Thickening Agent, Binding Agent, and Others), End-use (Personal Care, Food & Beverages, Automotive, Pharmaceuticals, and Others), By Region, Forecast Period-2022 – 2030. (Updated Version Available)
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