Product Description

Primol 382 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.

Primol 382 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.


Primol 382 can be used in a variety of food-related, cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications subject to the applicable laws and regulations in each country (*).


Primol 382 is recommended as a food packaging-grade plasticizer in Polystyrene. It combines outstandingly low volatility and excellent compatibility with Polystyrene for optimal performance in General Purpose and High Impact PS grades.
Primol 382 is recommended for use as an external lubricant for non-plasticized PVC.
Primol 382 is an inert and protective catalyst carrier for polypropylene processes. It can also serve as a pigment powder dispersant in master batch compounding.

Elastomers and Adhesives

Primol 382 is used for producing food-contact or medical rubber articles such as EPDM or butyl rubber. It is particularly well suited for the extension of Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE), such as SBS, SEBS or SEPS.
Primol 382 is also recommended for Hot-Melt Adhesives formulations used in sanitary products.

Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals

Primol 382 has many well-established applications in the pharmaceutical industry, like laxative jellies and ointments, and is also recommended as a component for many cosmetic products, such as creams and body lotions.

(*) User must check compliance with applicable regulations.

Properties and Specifications

Primol 382 meets the requirements of the following specifications:

  • USA FDA, 21 CFR 178.3620(a), White Mineral Oil
  • US Pharmacopoeia, most recent edition, Mineral Oil
  • National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), category H1, registration number 132484
  • European Pharmacopeia, most recent edition, Liquid Paraffin
  • Europe Regulation (EU) 10/2011 on plastic material and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuff, White mineral oil

CAS number: 8042-47-5

EINECS number: 232-455-8

INCI name (Europe): Paraffinum Liquidum

CTFA Dictionary name (USA): Mineral Oil

PropertyTest MethodTypicalSpecificationSpecification
AppearanceVisualClear and BrightClear and Bright
OdorOlfactoryOdorless or almost odorlessOdorless or almost odorless
Color, SayboltASTM D 6045+ 30
Kinematic Viscosity @ 40°C, mm2/sASTM D 44567.078.0
Kinematic Viscosity @ 100°C, mm2/sASTM D 4458.6
Dynamic Viscosity @ 20 °C, mPa.sCalculated175230
Density @ 15 oC, kg/m3ASTM D 4052863873
Relative Density @ 20 °C/20 °CASTM D 40520.8610.872
Relative Density @ 25 °C/25 °ASTM D 40520.8590.870
Pour Point, oCASTM D 5950– 9
Flash Point, oCASTM D 92240
Refractive Index, nD20ASTM D 12181.4731.478
Average Molecular WeightASTM D 2502485
Hydrocarbons with less than 25 carbons, wt %ASTM D 63523
Volatility @10 mm Hg, temp (°C ) at which 2.5 % offASTM D 1160288
Volatility @10 mm Hg, temp (°C ) at which 5 % offASTM D 1160291288
Volatility @10 mm Hg, temp (°C ) at which 10 % offASTM D 1160295292
Carbon Type, % and Paraffinic / Naphthenic / AromaticASTM D 214068 / 32 / 0

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

Health and Safety

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Storage and Handling

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