While wax comes from many sources, it shares these common properties:
Solid at ambient temperature
Liquid at higher temperatures, characterized by melting points
Insoluble in water, repels water
Sources of wax
Mineral and petroleum waxes are carbon based, derived from decomposed or fossilized organic matter. Animal and vegetable waxes are natural secretions of plants, animals and insects. Synthetic waxes are manmade, composed from natural gas or ethylene.