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Lanolin and its derivatives

  • Soaps, Detergents, & Cosmetics
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Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society


Lanolin, which is extensively used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, is generally considered to consist of a mixture of naturally formed esters derived from higher alcohols and higher fatty acids. This paper encompasses the chemical description of lanolin; the composition of its esters, acids, and alcohols; the chemical and physical modifications of lanolin; the refining of lanolin; and some of its applications in pharmaceutical and cosmetic formulations. Some new developments in lanolin chemistry will also be high-lighted.

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Schlossman, M.L., McCarthy, J.P. Lanolin and its derivatives. J Amer Oil Chem Soc 55, 447–450 (1978).

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