Paraffin wax 

Paraffin wax is a transparent, odor-free solid substance that is from oil or coal

in the petrochemical industry. In other words, it is a combination of

saturated hydrocarbon molecules comprising 20 to 40 atomic carbons. It’s

good to know that solid kinds of paraffin have two categories:

light (microcrystalline) and heavy paraffin (microcrystalline). Importantly,

paraffin wax is solid at room temperature but melts at temperatures above 37 ° C. Moreover, its boiling point is 370 degrees Celsius (698 degrees Fahrenheit).

Applications and functions

Paraffin waxes are more refined than other kinds of paraffin, so they have a

high application in the food and cosmetics industries. In fact, they have

various applications, some of which are: electrical insulation, lubrication

and candle production. It also is good for making crayons. To put it

differently, paraffin wax is also widely appropriate for various industries

such as candle making, waterproofing of paper and fabric, polishers, the

rubber industry and so on. Important to know that paraffin wax differs

from kerosene and other petroleum products because these products

are sometimes paraffin.


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Applications in the cosmetics industry

Generally speaking, paraffin wax is proper for covering tablets and acts as

one of the most important materials in the production of creams and lotions.

Applications in the rubber industry

Paraffin wax also applies in the production of car tires to insulate

against the ozone layer and also to prevent the bursting and wear of tires.

Applications in agricultural fertilizers

This substance has many uses in the agricultural industry to produce

chemical fertilizers. It is also applicable in the textile, paper, food,

matchmaking and dye industries.

History of the product

Paraffin waxes were first made in 1830 by a German chemist named

Karl Von Rickenbach. He tried to separate and refine the petroleum products

that are naturally present in crude oil. This material has had a significant

impact on the manufacture and production of various types of candles. Besides, it initially burns with a low melting point, but by adding stearic acid to

the substance, its melting point increases. It’s good to know that the

production of paraffin waxes increased in the early twentieth century due to

the growth of the meat and oil packaging industry, which led to the

production of paraffin and stearic acid as by-products.

Properties of paraffin waxes

Technically speaking, the melting point is between 46 and 68 degrees

Celsius and the density is about 900 kg / m3. Therefore, they do not dissolve

in water, but in ether, soluble petroleum products and esters

(excellent salts) are soluble. As the last point, paraffin wax may good for relieving pain in the hands of

people with:

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Roughly speaking, it acts as heat therapy and can help increase blood flow,

relax muscles, and decrease joint stiffness. It can also minimize muscle

spasms and inflammation and treat sprains.