It is obtained from the leaves of the carnauba palm by collecting and drying them, beating them to loosen the wax, then refining and bleaching the wax. Carnauba wax can produce a glossy finish and as such is used in automobile waxes, shoe polishes, dental floss, food products such as sweets, instrument polishes and floor and furniture waxes and polishes, especially when mixed with beeswax and with turpentine. Use for paper coatings is the most common application in the united states. It was commonly used in its purest form as a coating on speedboat hulls in the early ’60s to enhance speed and aid in handling in saltwater environments. It is also the main ingredient in surfboard wax, combined with coconut oil.