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CAS Number: 84540-04-5 / 68990-82-9
Palm kernel oil is obtained from the kernel of the palm fruit (Elaeis guineensis) tree that grows primarily in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. The oil content is 45-55%. The crude oil is brown and the refined oil is yellowish-white and transparent (both in its liquid form).

It is an oil of the lauric group, which are those with a balanced composition of short chain fatty acids (less than or equal to 16 carbons) and upper channels (equal to or greater than 18). This composition makes the melting point of this oil at about 25-30 ° C and means that depending on the geographical area, the oil is liquid or solid.

Due to its rich composition in fatty acids C8, C10 and C12 it is more similar to coconut oil and as such palm can be used as an alternative to coconut oil. The application of palm kernel oil is primarily for detergency and surfactant manufacturer, in addition to the fatty acid derivatives such as palm kernel.