Our Soft paraffin qualities
We carry Soft paraffin in the following qualities for you
|Yellow soft paraffin Ph. Eur.|
|White soft parrafin Ph. Eur.|
In addition to its main use as an ointment base, soft paraffin is also used as a leather fat, lubricant and rust protection agent (protecting metal parts that are exposed to the weather for years), shoe polish, in textile chemistry for weatherproofing fabrics (tent tarpaulins), plasticizer in the rubber industry, soldering, milking and wire drawing grease and in polishing pastes.
The soft paraffin
Soft Paraffin, also called Vaseline, comes in two different varieties. As white Soft Paraffin (lat. Vaselinum album) and as yellow Soft Paraffin (lat. Vaselinum flavum). Pharmaceutical qualities differ in yellow and white Soft Paraffin and furthermore in flow rate and penetration on the skin (ointment production) and viscosity.
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Soft Paraffin is obtained from the residues of petroleum distillation. Pure Soft Paraffin for pharmaceutical and cosmetic applications is produced by refining, distillation and bleaching.
Background / History
The name Vaseline probably derives (it cannot be traced more precisely) from the German word for water and the Greek elaion = oil.
Soft Paraffin is a former trademark of the American company Chesebrough-Ponds and was first produced in 1871 in Chesebrough from Pennsylvanian crude oils. In 1870 the chemic Chesebrought discovered paraffin-like residues on drill pipes. The oil workers told him even at this time that the compound would help to heal wounds. He then took several samples of the mass to carry out experiments on the extraction of soft paraffin. Through these experiments Chesebrough succeeded in developing vaseline.
General durability: drum 24 months, bucket 12 months