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What Is Paraffin Wax Used For?

Many of the products you encounter in your life contain paraffin wax. Paraffin is a very pliable white wax. It is made from petroleum, coal or saturated hydrocarbons and can be refined until it is virtually colourless and odourless, so it can easily be added to other products without changing the smell or colour of the product.

Paraffin wax is one of the most common wax substances on the market. It is usually more affordable and versatile than other options. Keep reading to learn more about common uses for paraffin wax.


Paraffin candles were first used to replace tallow candles because they burn cleaner and more reliably. Paraffin is perfect for making custom scented candles because it is colourless and odourless. Paraffin candles also burn brighter than other types of candles. Manufacturers use different paraffin blends for candles depending on the type of candle they are making and the melting point or oil content.

2. Waterproofing

Paraffin wax is naturally water resistant. Paraffin coatings can be applied to a wide range of products to make them waterproof, including matches, wood and bottles. To make your own waterproof matches, dip the match head into melted paraffin wax, remove it from the wax and blow on it to allow the wax to cool and harden quickly.

3. Crayons

Paraffin wax is the main ingredient in crayons and gives them their waxy texture. The wax is mixed with coloured pigments and poured into a mould to form the crayon.

4. Friction Reducer

Because of its lubricating properties, paraffin wax is used in a variety of products to reduce friction. Snowboarders, skateboarders and surfers apply paraffin wax to the bottom of their skis to help them glide more easily.

5. Coatings

Paraffin wax is added to many candy coatings and chocolates to give the candy a shiny surface. Paraffin wax used by companies for food coatings must meet FDA requirements for food contact. It is also used to cover fruits and vegetables to extend shelf life by retaining moisture.

6. Beauty and Personal Care

Paraffin wax has been part of the beauty and personal care industry for many years. You’ll find paraffin wax in cosmetics because it dissolves quickly into the skin, providing deep moisturisation and skin protection. You can find it in shampoos, lipsticks, face make-up, eye make-up, nail products, skincare products, sunscreens and more.

7. Building Materials

Building and construction companies often use supplies that contain paraffin. Construction materials such as PVC pipe, drywall, and gypsum board all contain paraffin. Paraffin wax provides protection for these materials against corrosion, peeling or other damage. It helps create structural integrity and helps maintain porous building materials.

8. Medical Uses

Paraffin wax has common uses in the medical industry. You can find this substance in therapeutic medical uses and medications. Some of the ways the medical industry uses paraffin wax include treating inflammation, dry skin, stiff muscles, joint pain, and massage.

Wax Products and Services From Dongke Group

Dongke Group is your premier manufacturing company for paraffin wax products and services. We understand the various industries and their needs for waxes and wax products. Our access to quality equipment and resources helps us create the highest quality wax blends and products.

Browse our selection of wax products or browse the services we offer to see why industries choose Blended Waxes as their reliable full-service wax facility and manufacturer.

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