Stearin wax

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An old name for a commercial mixture containing Stearic acid mixed with 3 to 30% Palmitic acid. Stearin wax is an opaque, whitish material that was used in the 19th century for molded objects (Harley 1993). It was also used for candles and cosmetics.

See also Tristearin.

Synonyms and Related Terms

stearin; glycerol tristearateoctadecanoic acid 1,2,3-propanetriyl ester; stearina (It); estearina (Esp.);

Resources and Citations

  • R.White "The Application of Gas-Chromatography to the Identification of Waxes", Studies in Conservation, 23:57-68, 1978.
  • C.Harley, "A Note on the Crystal Growth on the Surface of a Wax Artifact" Studies in Conservation, 38:63-66, 1993.

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