E909 — пищевая добавка, антифламинг, глазирующий агент: спермацетовый воск (спермацет), spermaceti (spermaceti wax) (Е909)

Spermaceti is the wax present in the head cavity of the sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus. Purified spermaceti forms a light mass of white crystals which can be powdered. It can be fused with bee wax and other fatty compounds (oils, fatty acids) and used as glazing agents. After the international regulation concerning whale captures, it is no longer produced and sold. It is now replaced by synthetic spermaceti made of pure cetyl palmitate or mixtures based on jojoba.

Common Uses

Spermaceti was used chiefly in ointments, cosmetic creams, fine wax candles. Now used in food as a glazing agent when in combination with beeswax or other waxes.



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