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Carnauba wax is a wax of the leaves of the palm Copernicia prunifera, a plant native to Brazil, which grows only in the states of Ceará, Piauí and Rio Grande do Norte. Usually the wax is extracted in the form of hard brownish flakes. It is obtained from the leaves of the carnauba in a process that involves beating them to release the wax, followed by its refinement.
Carnauba wax is widely used by the industry, although not well known consumer. It is used in manufacturing carnauba wax for floors, automotive waxes, paints, varnishes, joinery, besides being used in the manufacture of medicines and food process.
Much of the production of carnauba wax is exported to Japan, Germany and United States.