White translucent tasteless odorless solids. Density 0.88- 0.92 g / cm3. Insoluble in water. Melting range 47-65°C. Used in candles, lubricants, crayons, floor polishes, cosmetics, chewing gum.
Air & Water Reactions
Insoluble in water.
Paraffin wax, may be incompatible with strong oxidizing agents. Charring may occur followed by ignition of unreacted portion and other nearby combustibles. In other settings, mostly unreactive. Not affected by aqueous solutions of acids, alkalis, most oxidizing agents, and most reducing agents. When heated sufficiently or when ignited in the presence of air, oxygen or strong oxidizing agents, they burn exothermically.
Paraffin wax, also commonly called ‘paraffin’, is a colourless or white, tasteless, odourless,
translucent waxy solid. Paraffin wax has a typical melting point between about 46°C and
68°C. Pure paraffin wax is a combustible substance and insoluble in water but soluble in
petroleum solvents and stable under normal conditions of use. Paraffin has been identified
as an excellent electrical insulator. It is also used in the manufacturing of paraffin papers,
candles, food packaging materials, varnishes, floor polishes, to extract perfumes from
flowers, in lubricants, and cosmetics. It is also used in water-proofing wood, and cork.
Hot wax can burn eyes and skin.
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