Product Description

Marcol 82 is a purified mixture of liquid saturated hydrocarbons. It is a colourless, transparent oily liquid and is essentially odourless and tasteless. It is obtained from petroleum through several refining stages, including an ultimate purification by catalytic hydrogenation.

Marcol 82 is manufactured to exceed the purity requirements of the Pharmacopoeias. Due to its superior chemical inertness, it demonstrates better colour and oxidative stability than most mineral and vegetable oils, when stored and used under controlled conditions.

ExxonMobil White Oils are produced and controlled according to the ExxonMobil Product Quality Management System, EN ISO 9000 or equivalent standard.


Marcol 82 can be used in a variety of food-contact, cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications (*), subject to the applicable laws and regulations in each country (**).

(*) To limit ingestion and aspiration hazards, Marcol 82 should not be used in nasal, oral or lip care products or as a food additive other than for food contact materials.

(**) User must check compliance with applicable regulations


Marcol 82 is widely used as a component of a great variety of cosmetic products:

  • Emollients and moisturisers (cleansing oils and milks, body lotions and creams, suntan lotions and milk, make-up powders)
  • Baby products (shampoos, baby oils, bath oils)
  • Hair care products (hot oil treatments, gels, scalp pomades)
  • Neutral and protective diluents for other cosmetic ingredients such as essential oils
  • Other applications such as bath cubes, anti-perspirant and deodorant sticks.

Marcol 82 provides many practical advantages to the formulation specialist:

  • Excellent skin compatibility, very low irritancy and no comedogenicity
  • Very good balance between resistance to bacteria and final biodegradability, with minimal environmental impact.


Marcol 82 offers a high level of safety, thanks to its high purity (absence of toxic polycyclic aromatics, heavy metals), the complete destruction of germs in the high temperature manufacturing process, and specific packaging and handling procedures.

Marcol 82 is an ingredient of pharmaceutical topical ointments and petroleum jellies. It can be used as a pelletiser aid, and in the manufacture of gelatine capsules.

Properties and Specifications

Marcol 82 meets the requirements of the following specifications:

  • USA FDA 21 CFR 178.3620(a), White Mineral Oil
  • National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), category H1, registration number 123208
  • US Pharmacopeia/National Formulary , most recent edition, Light Mineral Oil monograph
  • European Pharmacopoeia, most recent edition, Light Liquid Paraffin monograph

CAS number: 8042-47-5

EINECS number: 232-455-8

INCI name (Europe): Paraffinum Liquidum

CTFA Dictionary name (USA): Mineral Oil

Property Test Method Typical Min Max
Appearance Visual Clear and Bright Clear and Bright
Odour Olfactory Odorless or almost odorless Odorless or almost odorless
Color, Saybolt ASTM D 6045 + 30
Kinematic Viscosity @ 40ºC, mm²/s ASTM D 445 14.5 17.5
Kinematic Viscosity @ 100ºC, mm²/s ASTM D 445 3.6
Dynamic Viscosity @ 20ºC, mPa.s Calculated 27 37
Density @ 15ºC, kg/m3 ASTM D 4052 845 858
Relative Density @ 20ºC/20 °C ASTM D 4052 0.843 0.857
Relative Density @25 °C/25 °C ASTM d 4052 0.841 0.855
Pour Point, ºC ASTM D 5950 – 6
Flash Point, ºC ASTM D 92 182
Refractive Index, nD²º ASTM D 1218 1.464 1.470
Carbon Type, % and Paraffinic / Naphthenic / Aromatic am-s 1805 65/ 35 / 0

Typical values may vary within modest ranges and specifications may be subject to change.

Health and Safety

Detailed health and safety information for this product is provided in the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), available upon request through your local sales representative or from

Storage and Handling

Recommended storage and handling procedures for ExxonMobil white oil products are summarised in a separate bulletin available upon request through your local sales representative or from

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