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Hard Paraffin

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 2, 2020.

What is it?

Hard paraffin, also known as paraffin wax, is a white to off-white crystalline purified mixture of solid hydrocarbons derived from petroleum. Paraffin wax is ideally suited for manufacture of premium quality candles, cosmetic creams & pharmaceutical ointments, petroleum jelly, and as a general purpose lubricant in industry.[1][2]


[1] Hard paraffin. Accessed 2/16/2015 at

[2] Unicorn Petroleum Industries. Waxes. Accessed 2/15/2015 at

Further information

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