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Precipitate in reaction between d-Limonene and Beeswax

Question asked by Troy Julian on Sep 28, 2018

I am working with d-Limonene and beeswax, trying to get the beeswax to stay in solution.  It would be ideal if they did not react at all, as I need the beeswax to retain its properties, but they seem to be consistently forming a precipitate that settles out.  It presents in two different ways.  The first and most common is a translucent flake that settles to the bottom, but is easily seen when the solution is mixed.  The second is an opaque ball that ranges from about 0.5mm to about 3mm.

 

I have been able to eliminate the opaque balls by reheating the mixture to just above the melting point of the wax, but the translucent flakes almost always reform eventually.

 

Is there a plausible way to differentiate between a reaction which creates a new precipitate and a simple process of the wax reforming into a solid?

 

Is there a possible fix for one or both of these possibilities?

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