Spermaceti - wax-like substance used to produce a variety of cosmetic products that have medicinal properties.
Spermaceti wax-like substances formed by the cooling of liquid animal fat, the so-called sperm oil, which is extracted from the head of the sperm whale or some other cetaceans. From oil spermaceti crystallizes, forming shiny, oily to the touch plate, without taste and smell. Spermaceti rapidly solidified in air and forms a soft yellowish waxy mass.
Cetyl palmitate, spermaceti main component is a compound of palmitic acid and an ester of cetyl alcohol. In addition, spermaceti contains some free alcohols - octadecyl, cetyl, and eicosyl.
Due to its properties spermaceti has long been used for the preparation of creams and ointments. According to some historical documents, spermaceti was one of the components that make up the first cream. Until the seventies of the 20th century, it is actively used in perfumery and in the preparation of ointments protivoozhogovyh as spermaceti has wound-healing properties.
Due to the prohibition of extraction sperm whale, spermaceti in creams and ointments are often replaced or cetyl kitalanom and sometimes beeswax, jojoba oil, lanolin or cocoa butter.
The included cream spermaceti (as kitalana or cetyl palmitate) has anti-inflammatory, regenerating, soothing, healing and cooling effect and promotes the formation of uniform consistency gentle cosmetics.
Despite the fact that kitalan artificially synthesized, it has almost all properties typical for animal spermaceti. In some cases it can be used for the treatment of burns and minor cuts.
Form release spermaceti
Kitalan replacing natural spermaceti in cosmetic creams, produced in the form of a waxy solid product even consistency of a light yellow or cream color.
The synthetic substitute for spermaceti - cetyl palmitate or kitalan as fat base is a part of cosmetic and medical creams different manufacturers: DiaCosmetics, Iris Cosmetic, «Siberian Health», Christina, Belita-Vitex, Annemarie Borlind, TianDe, Green mama and some others.
Cosmetics based on synthesized spermaceti, usually designed for daily care. Containing animal spermaceti substitute cream contribute:
- Elimination feeling tight and dry skin;
- Enhancing the protective functions of the skin;
- Restore the elasticity of the skin;
- Prevent the formation of wrinkles.
In addition, due to its medicinal properties, they provide the skin soothing and regenerating effect and reduces redness and irritation.
Spermaceti substitutes containing cream is contraindicated to use under the existing hypersensitivity to the components included in the composition of cosmetic products.
Side effects spermaceti
With the existing predisposition, cosmetic cream with spermaceti may cause some allergic reactions that often manifest as skin rashes and itching.
Kitalan as spermaceti replacement main, at a storage temperature up to 50 ° C, retains its properties sufficiently long. Cosmetics containing a synthetic spermaceti, special storage conditions require. Shelf life depends on the manufacturer and usually ranges from 6 months to 3 years.