At Waxtegic®, we manage and supervise the supply chain embracing the entire process through our commercial network in Nuevo Leon and the north-west of the country, allowing us to have greater control over our distribution.
Planning and Logistics
Collection and Extraction
Quality and Packaging
Quotation and Sale
The old extraction process caused a negative impact that decreased the population of the Candelilla bush. It had remained unchanged since the beginning of the 20th century, and wasn’t optimal, slow and expensive, and also affected the health of the farmers (Candelilleros) due to the use of chemicals such as sulfuric acid.
Conscious of the environmental impact that can result from the production of this raw material, we implemented a friendly process for the natural ambient. The Comisión Nacional Forestal (CONAFOR) and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACyT) promoted a research to develop a new procedure. A technological package for the extraction of Candelilla wax based on organic acids, with the objective of improving the working conditions for the collectors.
It is worth mentioning that thanks to these improvements there are fewer risks for the farmers when extracting the Candelilla wax. They were given a theoretical-practical course with citric acid for the wax extraction. In addition, follow-up visits are made to monitor the progress of the community and reports are made on the operation and acceptance of the equipment.
We’ve optimized the cycle of collection, refinement and production of low impact in the environment, producing a higher quality wax with an added value for certain industries that have high standards of purity. We include the care of the land by means of techniques that maintain the proper field of sowing. Just as we have implemented soil organic matter to keep the earth loose. Finally, we offer a higher quality product with the most competitive price in the market.
Advantages of the organic process
- It represents an important technological advance.
- Increases the value of Candelilla wax.
- The refining time is reduced by 50%.
- Minimizes the physical wear of the worker.
- Reduces the risk of sulfuric acid poisoning.
- Provides socio-economic attributes to the community.
About the Candelilla
The root of the plant is relatively small, although a moderately sized plant can develop more than 100 stalks of greyish green, with typical dimensions of 30-60 cm in length and 0.1-1.0 cm in diameter, giving rise to the formation of bushes of an approximate size of 90 cm of diameter.
The term Candelilla comes from the appearance of the stems of the bush, they are long, straight, erect and covered with wax that look like small Candles.
The Candelilla shrub produces wax naturally, this serves as a protection element and seal for moisture retention.
The shrub stems of the Candelilla were used as a natural source of illumination, and were lit as today a candle is lit.
The candelilla plant is filled with pink flowers in the rainy season.
In 1829 the Botanist J.G. Zuccarini described for the first time the candelilla with the scientific name Euphorbia antisyphilitica, recognizing the medicinal properties of the juice of the plant as a remedy used by the natives to treat the venereal disease of the syphilis. It is a shrub of the family Euphorbiaceae.
A new classification of the candelilla was presented in 1909 by G. Alcocer, who named it Euphorbia cerífera, highlighting its property of wax production.
The extraction of the wax from the different varieties of the Candelilla bush had remained unchanged since the beginning of the 20th century, when the harvest was started in order to take advantage of it to manufacture different products.
The cultivation of the Candelilla is ideal in areas of semi-desert climate. Mainly on slopes of calcareous soil, associated with formations of rocky material.
Due to the natural availability of the product that is extracted from the root, it is necessary to wait between two and five years for the plant to recover and grow new stems.
According to information available from the 2009 Forestry Yearbook: Wax production was 1,071 tonnes, which is 8.8% lower than the average for the last 15 years (1995-2009).