What is Wax Made Out of?

You’re going to learn a whole lot about the world of wax just by asking this question. Let’s go on an information adventure, shall we?There are a whole lot of types of wax. There’s, beeswax, lanolin, paraffin, earwax, and that’s only to name a few. Let’s look at the three most popular.Beeswax is made by bees. There are little glands located on a worker bee’s abdomen and these create wax. The worker bees ingest honey, the glands convert sugar into the wax, and then the bees chew it up in order to add it to the hive for repairs or regular construction. That white covering you see on the honeycomb as it’s pulled from the hive is beeswax, and is harvested in order to make pretty things like candles. Paraffin wax is actually made out of crude oil. Basically it’s made out of hydrocarbons, and this alters its boiling point, making it viable for melting.Lanolin wax is used in cosmetics, soaps, and lotions and it’s derived from raw wool. As fleece is being processed, it’s scoured with a cleaning solution, and the waxy coating on the wool is removed, creating crude lanolin.Makes you look at your hand lotion a little differently, doesn’t it? For more information, look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wax