What's the difference between fully refined paraffin wax and semi-refined paraffin wax?

Refined paraffin wax types may be used in various applications such as candle making, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and food processing. It is often clearer, cleaner, and of higher quality compared to unrefined wax. The specific method of refinement can vary depending on the type of wax and its intended use.

Fully Refined Paraffin Wax


Fully refined paraffin wax, which is derived from petroleum based wax, undergoes a thorough purification process to remove impurities, contaminants, and unwanted substances. This process typically involves solvent extraction, filtration, distillation, and sometimes hydrogenation. As a result, fully refined paraffin wax has a high level of purity, minimal odor, and a translucent appearance. It has a low oil content (usually less than 0.75%), is harder, and has a higher melting point compared to semi-refined paraffin wax.

Fully Refined Paraffin Wax Applications

Fully refined paraffin wax is often used in applications where high purity and consistent performance are required, such as in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food packaging, and candle making.

The higher the melting point is, the harder to get the fully refined paraffin wax. King Honor's KH PARAFFIN WAX 70H, KH PARAFFIN WAX F66 and KH PARAFFIN WAX F64 are high quality fully refined paraffin wax at high melting point. They are qualified with BPI, FDA 172.886, and applied in packages, ink, ext. 

Semi-refined Paraffin Wax


Semi-refined paraffin wax undergoes a partial purification process, where impurities and unwanted substances are removed to a lesser extent compared to fully refined wax. While it still undergoes processes like solvent extraction and filtration, the refining is not as extensive. As a result, semi paraffin wax retains some impurities and may have a slightly higher oil content (typically around 1-2%). It may also have a slightly darker color and a lower melting point compared to fully refined wax. And its cost is generally lower than fully refined. 

Semi Refined Paraffin Wax Uses

Semi-refined paraffin wax is often used in applications where a higher oil content or slight impurities are acceptable, such as in certain industrial applications, coatings, and some types of candles. 

In summary, fully refined paraffin wax is characterized by its high purity, low oil content, and translucent appearance, making it suitable for a wide range of applications that require strict quality standards. On the other hand, semi-refined paraffin wax retains some impurities and has a higher oil content, making it more suitable for applications where purity requirements are less stringent. 

King Honor's technicians will recommend the suitable waxes for your applications. Please contact us freely.

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