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Melting and Flash Point

Melting and Flash Point

The melting point of beeswax may be determined by a number of methods. That described by the American Wax Im­porters and Refiners Association is the simplest and easiest lit use. This is the

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Aroma and Bloom

Aroma and Bloom

The aroma of beeswax is a unique characteristic, but it varies and our sense of odor cannot be depended upon. Beeswaxes originating in different places have slight to noticeably different aromas.

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Color

Color

Beeswax is almost colorless as secreted by the bee. It is somewhat translucent as a solid and nearly transparent when liquid. Since beeswax becomes colored in various ways before and after it

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Physical Tests

Physical Tests

Listed below are the more characteristic tests, except for melting point, that can help determine gross adulteration. Flash point may belong under chemical tests, but it is placed here to

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Chemical Tests. Chapter IV

Iodine Number This is the percentage of iodine absorbed by the wax, in­dicating the unsaturated content of the wax. If high it may in­dicate adulteration by vegetable oil. Saponification

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Chemical Tests. Chapter III

Chromatographic Analysis Gas liquid chromatographic (GLC) analysis of unfractionated beeswax gives a good separation of hydrocarbons, free latty acids as methyl esters, and long chain monoesters

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