Encyclopedia knowledge of beeswax

The difference between beeswax and paraffin wax

Beeswax is animal wax, and paraffin wax is mineral wax.

  • Paraffin wax is a kind of strange wax extracted from certain distillates of petroleum, shale oil or other bituminous mineral oil. It is white or light yellow translucent and has a fairly obvious crystal structure.
  • Whether it is the original beeswax or the purified beeswax, it has a honey-like aroma and is slightly sour, with a light taste, fine and sticky chewing, and strong toughness. Paraffin wax is tasteless or organic oily, tasteless, brittle and not sticky.
  • The texture of beeswax is soft and smooth, it feels greasy to the touch, and the broken surface is granular. It can be softened by kneading with your hands. Paraffin wax is hard and the fracture surface is flaky, which cannot be softened by rubbing it with your hands.
  • The melting point of beeswax is relatively low, and its melting speed and solidification speed are relatively slow; in contrast, the melting point of paraffin wax is relatively high, and the melting speed and solidification speed are relatively fast.