What is it?
Carnauba wax (Copernicia cerifera) is a natural wax made from the leaves of the Brazilian wax palm tree.
What does it do?
Carnauba wax is used alongside beeswax and joboba in our Dental Floss to help the floss glide smoothly between teeth while remaining gentle on gums.
How is it made?
Carnauba wax is collected from the leaves of the wax palm tree, then purified in boiling water, filtered and refined.
What are the alternatives?
Candelilla wax, beeswax or vegetable oils are natural alternatives. Synthetic beeswax or petroleum-derived waxes like paraffin can be used as an alternative to natural carnauba wax, but they do not meet our Stewardship Model standards for natural, responsible and sustainable.
Is this the right option for me?
Carnauba wax is nontoxic and is Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as both a direct and indirect food additive .1
Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.
1 21 CFR 184.1973