5 Unique Uses For Wax

Posted: July 28, 2017

Wax is used in more than just candles. From the food you eat to the products you use, wax is a common ingredient. Check out these five uses you probably didn’t know about!

1. Chewing Gum

A blend of food-grade waxes is commonly used in chewing gum. Hard, high melt-point waxes like microcrystalline and candelilla are commonly used. Combined with resin and elastomers, this wax gives gum its malleability for chewing.

2. Lava Lamps

The floating blobs of “lava” in a lava lamp is colored wax. As the wax heats up, it begins to melt and float to the top in clumps. As the wax travels to the top of the lamp, it begins to cool, slowly dropping back down to the base to be heated again.

Lava lamp

3. Chocolate

Food-grade paraffin wax is added to chocolate candy to give it a glossy finish and the keep the chocolate in a solid state at room temperature. Without this wax, chocolate candy would melt in our hands before it ever reached our mouths.

4. Beehives

Many beekeepers build artificial hives for bees out of wood. To preserve the wood hive and protect the bees from diseases, a paraffin and microcrystalline wax blend is used to coat the hive. Protecting bees from disease is very important these days, since many bee colonies are starting to die off.

Beehive wax

5. Perfume

Some high-end perfumes contain ambergris, which a waxy substance produced by sperm whales’ intestines. Ambergris helps retain perfume’s scent when it’s applied to your skin.

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4 Replies to “5 Unique Uses For Wax”

  1. Suyin Di Lauro says:

    I will like to put crystalline wax in my soap and champoo. What class do you recommend and how to apply it ? Thanks for your time.

    1. Jenn Schultz says:

      Thank you for your inquiry! A microcrystalline wax would work in the oil-based portion of the soap or shampoo blend, but will not be compatible with the water based portion. The blend would require the use of a surfactant to bind the wax and water phases of the soap to stop them from separating.

  2. Kevin burns says:

    Where can I purchase microcytalline and what is the ratio wax to microcrystalline ?

    1. Jenn Schultz says:

      You can purchase microcrystalline directly on our website https://blendedwaxes.com/product/microcrystalline-wax/. Microcrystalline is a type of wax. It is not blended with any other product.

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