Microcrystaline Wax is a type of wax produced by de-oiling petrolatum, as part of the petroleum refining process. Unlike the more familiar paraffin wax which contains mostly unbranched alkanes, microcrystalline wax containing a higher percentage of isoparaffinic ( branched ) hydrocarbons and naphthenic hydrocarbons. It is characterized by subtlety different crystals with larger crystals of paraffin wax. It consists of a high molecular weight saturated aliphatic hydrocarbons. It is generally darker, thicker, denser, tackier and more elastic than paraffin wax, and has a molecular weight and a melting point higher. Elastic and adhesive characteristics of microcrystalline wax associated with non straight chain components that it contains. Microcrystalline wax crystal structure of a typical small and thin, making them more flexible than paraffin wax. It is commonly used in cosmetic formulations.