Bayberry wax is an aromatic green vegetable wax. It is removed from the surface of the fruit of the bayberry (wax-myrtle) shrub (ex. Myrica cerifera) by boiling the fruits in water and skimming the wax from the surface of the water.[1] It is made up primarily of esters of lauric, myristic, and palmitic acid.[2]


Bayberry wax is used primarily in the manufacture of scented candles[3] and other products where its distinctive resinous fragrance is desirable.



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  3. ^ "Bayberry". Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  4. ^ a b NIIR Board of Consultants & Engineers (2011). "Vegetable waxes". The Complete Technology Book on Wax and Polishes (Reprint). ASIA PACIFIC BUSINESS PRESS Inc. p. 32. ISBN 9788178330129.
  5. ^ a b "Wax info" (PDF). Retrieved July 8, 2016.