Where does wax come from?

Soft Material

When we think of wax, we may think of the soft, solid material that candles are made of.

There are many kinds of wax and many uses for them.  Wax comes from animal, vegetable, and mineral sources.

The wax used for making most candles and for sealing jars of homemade jelly is called paraffin.  Paraffin is a mineral wax distilled from petroleum.

Beeswax, used in cosmetics and for waterproofing, is probably the best-known type of animal wax.  Bees manufacture it to make their honeycombs.

Lanolin, used in polishes, is wax that comes from the oil that coats the wool of sheep to keep the wool from getting wet.

And did you know that nature protects the leaves and fruit of many plants with a covering of vegetable wax?  Palm wax (from the leaves of the carnauba palm growing in Brazil)  is used in shoe polishes, as well as in lubricants and other products.

There are many, many more uses for waxes. – Dick Rogers

 

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