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A shrubby spurge (Euphorbia antisyphilitica) chiefly of western Texas and Mexico, having densely clustered, erect, essentially leafless stems that yield a multipurpose wax.

[American Spanish, diminutive of Spanish candela, candle, from Latin candēla; see candle.]
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(ˌkændəˈliːjə; Spanish kandeˈliʎa)
(Plants) either of two wax-coated Mexican shrubs, Euphorbia antisyphilitica or Pedilanthus pavonis (or bracteatus)
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Noun1.candelilla - wax-coated Mexican shrub related to Euphorbia antisyphilitica
slipper plant, slipper spurge - any of several tropical American shrubby succulent plants resembling cacti but having foot-shaped bracts
candelilla wax - a hard brown wax that occurs as a coating on candelilla shrubs
2.candelilla - wax-coated shrub of northern Mexico and southwestern United States
Euphorbia, genus Euphorbia - type genus of the Euphorbiaceae: very large genus of diverse plants all having milky juice
spurge - any of numerous plants of the genus Euphorbia; usually having milky often poisonous juice
candelilla wax - a hard brown wax that occurs as a coating on candelilla shrubs
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Also, carnauba wax is much more expensive as compared to its popular substitutes such as sunflower seeds wax, Candelilla wax and beeswax.
- Some of the most commonly used waxes used in the cosmetic industry include candelilla wax, carnauba wax, rice bran wax, sunflower wax, berry wax, honey wax, and mimosa wax.
The Extreme Volumising Mascara, PS15, contains nourishing Candelilla and Carnauba waxes, promising a soft feel and hold, and the Lash Fabricator (also PS15) goes on afterwards to coat each lash with tiny black fibres, for a thicker look.
The mascara has a dense bristle wand which allows each lash to be coated for volume and length, and contains Candelilla and Carnauba Waxes that give them a soft feel with lasting hold.
Wildcrafted Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia Cerifera): Natural thickener and moisturizer.
Some of the most common species are lechuguilla (Agave lechuguilla), biznaga (Coryphantha durangensis), candelilla (Euphorbia antisyphilitica), ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), biznaga (Hamatocactus hamatocanthus), oregano (Lippia graveolens), huizachillo (Mimosa sp.), guajillo (Acacia berlandieri), limoncillo or vara resinosa (Viguiera stenoloba), nopal cegador (Opuntia rufida), cardenche (Cylindropuntia imbricata var.