Waxes are a diverse class of organic compounds that are hydrophobic, solids near ambient temperatures. They include higher alkanes and lipids, typically with melting points above about 40 C (104 F), melting to give low viscosity solvents. Natural waxes of different types are produced by plants and animals and occur in petroleum.
Waxes are organic compounds that characteristically consist of long alkyl chains. They may also include various functional groups such as fatty acids, primary and secondary long chain alcohols, unsaturated bonds, aromatics, amides, ketones, and aldehydes.