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It is used in topical formulations like ointments, creams and lotions. In ointments, it acts as the ointment base. In creams and lotions, it is a significant contributor to the oil phase. It can be White Petrolatum or Yellow Petrolatum. White Petrolatum is a highly refined petrolatum so that it is nearly decolourized.
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Primary function
Non-aqueous base
Typical use level
Emollient creams: 5 - 30% Topical emulsions: 4 - 25%
Physical data

  • Appearance: White Petrolatum is a white to pale-yellow coloured translucent, soft unctuous mass, while Yellow Petrolatum is a pale-yellow to yellow coloured translucent, soft unctuous mass.
  • Melting point range: 38 - 60°C
  • Consistency: 100 - 300 mm

Benefits / Claims
Imparts emolliency, occlusivity, consistency and viscosity to the formulation
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