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Wax Analysis

Salamon & Seaber offer a full analytical service for both crude and refined waxes. This includes the full range of natural waxes of animal, vegetable, mineral, and petroleum origins, together with the ever increasing range of synthetic waxes.

Waxes are used in many sectors including cosmetics, lubricants, polishes, glazing agents, protective coatings, Pharmaceuticals, etc.

Sample of Carnauba Wax

A wide range of parameters are analysed at Salamon & Seaber as defined by The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), Association of Official Analytical Chemists (AOAC), British Pharmacopoeia (BP), and United States Pharmacopoeia (USP), etc..

The most common analyses are listed below:

  • Acid Value / Acid Number
  • Appearance
  • Benzene Solubility
  • Colour / Color
  • Congealing Point
  • Drop Point
  • Ester Value / Ester Number
  • Flash Point
  • Form:
    • Lumps
    • Chips
    • Slabs
    • Bricks
    • Flakes
    • Ground
    • Powdered
    • Atomized
    • Pellets
  • Insoluble Impurities
  • Iodine Value / Iodine Number
  • Melting Point (M.P.)
  • Melting Range
  • Needle Penetration (Penetrometer)
  • Oil Content
  • Paraffinic Hydrocarbons
  • Peroxide Value / Peroxide Number
  • Ratio Number (Ratio of Ester Value to Acid Value)
  • Refractive Index (R.I.)
  • Resinous Matter
  • Saponification Cloud Point
  • Saponification Value / Saponification Number
  • Specific Gravity (S.G.)
  • Unsaponifiable Matter
  • Viscosity
  • Volatile Matter (including Moisture)
  • Fats or fatty Acids, Japan Wax, Rosin, and Soap

The parameters analysed will depend on the type and use of the wax, e.g. typical analysis for beeswax, as specified in the British Pharmacopoeia (BP) include:

  • Acid value
  • Ceresin, paraffins & certain other waxes
  • Impurities
  • Glycerol & other polyols
  • Melting point
  • Paraffinic hydrocarbons
  • Saponification value
Beeswax Pellets


  • Beeswax (Yellow wax, White Wax): Crude, Yellow Refined, and White Bleached
  • Lanolin (Wool wax)
  • Shellac


  • Candelilla Wax
  • Carnauba Wax
  • Castor Wax
  • Japan Wax
  • and others


  • Petroleum Waxes: Micro-Crystalline, Oxidized, Paraffin
  • Ceresin Wax


  • Fatty Acid Glycerides
  • Fatty Acids
  • Fischer-Tropsch Waxes
Wax Crayons Wax coating on Confectionery

For further information please contact Mr Anwar (Ally) Aufogul (E-Mail:, consult our Arabic, French, Polish, or German speaking contacts, or use our quotation form.
Salamon & Seaber Ltd.
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London. E1 4NQ
United Kingdom
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