Agent Name

Carnauba wax

CAS Number

8015-86-9

Formula

Unspecified

Major Category

Biological Agents

Synonyms

Waxes, carnauba; Carnauba; Copernicia Prunifera wax; Copernicia cerifera wax; E903; Wax, carnauba; [ChemIDplus] Brazil wax; [Merck Index]

Category

Plant Oils and Extracts

Description

Greenish solid; [Merck Index] Yellow to dark brown-green odorless solid; [CAMEO] Odorless flakes; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Sources/Uses

From the leaves of the Brazilian wax palm tree; Used in automobile waxes, floor wax emulsions, shoe polishes, carbon paper, dental impression compounds, cosmetics, and tablet coatings; [Merck Index] Permitted for use as an inert ingredient in non-food pesticide products; [EPA] Used as an anti-caking agent, formulation and processing aid, lubricant or release agent, surface-finishing agent, and pH control agent in foods; [FDA]

Comments

Infrequent reports of skin sensitization or irritation; [Merck Index] Acceptable daily intake (ADI) of 0-7 mg/kg; [JECFA] May cause eye irritation; [Alfa Aesar MSDS]

Reference Link

Allergic contact dermatitis to propolis and carnauba wax from lip balm and chewable vitamins in a child.

Exposure Assessment
Adverse Effects
Skin Sensitizer

Yes

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