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Natural resin is a secretion of many plants, particularly coniferous trees. Valued for its chemical properties, resin is used to make varnishes, adhesives, and food glazing. Resin is also an important source of raw materials for organic synthesis; and as component of incense and perfume. Plant resin varies in opacity, color and hardness. Some plant resins containing unstable compounds are considered extremely volatile.

Resin as a synthetic compound begins in a highly sticky, thick state and hardens with treatment. Generally, resin is soluble in alcohol. There are different classes of resin, dependent upon exact chemical composition and potential uses. There are many uses for resins, ranging from art to polymer production.

A classic example of resin is pine sap, which has the characteristic sharp odor of terpene compounds. Some plants produce a similar substance called gum or gum resin which is soluble with water. Gum tends to be softer and more malleable than resin.

It has also been used as a component in lacquer, jewelry, inks, perfumes, varnish, and many other products. Technological advances realized the formulation of resins into polymers, and the discovery of synthetic resins followed shortly after.

Polymers are made with synthetic resin, which is cheaper and easier to refine. Synthetic resin is more stable, predictable, and uniform than natural resin as it is made under controlled conditions preventing impurities. These resins are made by combining chemicals to stimulate a reaction which results in the formulation of a resinous compound. Synthetic resin can be used in the production of plastics, paints, and many of the same substances that natural resin is used in.

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