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Petrolatums are homogeneous mixtures of oily and waxy long-chain, nonpolar hydrocarbons. Their hydrating properties set a standard against which other moisturizers are compared. Odorless and tasteless, they range in color from white to yellow, and differ from one another in gloss, consistency and shear strength, plus sensory attributes including slip, cushion, playtime and spreadability — all important in personal care applications.  

Personal care and pharmaceutical formulators often choose Sonneborn petrolatums as a formulation base. Petrolatums add lubricity and moisture resistance to lotions, creams, ointments and hand cleaners. Sonneborn petrolatums meet FDA requirements. Food processors rely on them for uses that range from baking and candy-making to packaging. In jar candles, the addition of petrolatum affects the crystallinity of the waxes to give a smoother, more pleasing appearance. In metal polishes and buffing compounds, petrolatums protect against moisture and corrosion.

As a global petrolatum supplier, Sonneborn carries the world’s broadest line of standard and custom-compounded petrolatums and related products. All our pharmaceutical grades meet the requirements of the white and yellow soft paraffin monographs of the European Pharmacopoeia. Moreover, they are available to comply with the purity requirements of former monographs of the BP, DAB or French Codex.


Microwax MA
Shea XP®
Snowwhite Special®
Snowwhite® A4
Snowwhite® EC
Snowwhite® MD
Snowwhite® N
Snowwhite® P1
Snowwhite® T5
Snowwhite® UP
Snowwhite® XH
Sonneborn Sublime XS™
Sonnecone® CM
Sonnecone® DM1
White Fonoline® H
White Protopet® 1 SH

Extra Light Yellow®
Yellow Super®

Amber Technical Petrolatum II
Petrolatum 68
Petrolatum 640/20
Yellow Technical Petrolatum I