Paraffin wax (or petroleum wax) is a soft colorless solid derived from petroleum, coal or shale oil that consists of a mixture of hydrocarbon molecules containing between twenty and forty carbon atoms.
It is solid at room temperature and begins to melt above approximately 37 °C (99 °F), and its boiling point is above 370 °C (698 °F).
|E number||E905 (glazing agents, …)|
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
|Melting point||37 °C (99 °F; 310 K)|
|Boiling point||> 370 °C (698 °F)|
|Flash point||200–240 °C (392–464 °F; 473–513 K)|