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The Copernicia Prunifera – palm tree from which the carnauba wax is extracted – grows along rivers, valleys, and lagoons in the Brazilian Northeast, Sri Lanka, Africa, and some South-American countries. However, only in Brazil is the palm tree capable of producing wax.
The leaves of the Copernicia, which contain carnauba wax, are cut during the harvest, in the period from August to December, through a process which is harmless to the environment and does not put at risk the integrity of the palm trees. Only the old leaves are cut, and new foliage grows for the following harvest.
A fine powder is obtained from the leaves. The quality and colour of the wax are determined by the age of the leaves. The carnauba wax is extracted from the powder, refined, coming to the final stage ready to be commercialised.
The entire process, from the selection of the raw material to delivery to the final destination, is carefully monitored by the Pontes quality control team.