Microcrystalline wax differs from paraffin wax in that the crystal structure is more branched and the carbon chain is longer. This wax is tougher, more flexible and has a higher tensile strength and melting point. It is are also more adhesive, and its binds to solvents, oil, etc..., and thus prevents the sweating out of compositions. The typical oil content by weight is between 0.5 and 2%.