What is paraffin wax made of?
Paraffin wax is actually made out of petroleum. It is considered a type of petroleum byproduct that is distilled from crude oil and then refined.
An online review of suppliers of paraffin wax indicates a range of specific gravity for paraffin wax, from 0.82 to 0.96. The variation arises from the degree of refining - the less refined waxes a higher percentage of paraffin oil and are consequently lighter (have a lower SG). More highly refined paraffin wax has much lower retained oil ( approx. 0.5%), and are therefore much denser.
Paraffin wax is the most commonly encountered artificial (or manmade) wax. Other artificial waxes exist and are used industrially. Examples are oxidized polyethylene waxes, Petronauba, Fischer-Tropsch waxes, and Hoechst Wax E. Paraffin wax is extracted from petroleum by. It is used in candles, wax paper, polishes, cosmetics, and transmission fluid. In reality everything comes form something that forms naturally, so "man manipulated" would be more accurated than "man made".