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Aleuritic Acid is obtained from Shellac by saponification and accounts for about 35% of its constituent material.
Aleuritic Acid is usually sold as a white or slightly yellow odourless powder or granule. It is moderately soluble in hot water or lower alcohols (e.g. ethyl, isopropyl and methyl alcohols) and crystallises after the solution is cooled. It has a melting point of around 95-98 degrees Celsius.
Aleuritic Acid is used in the synthesis of Glucose Monoaleuritate (a non-toxic, non-hemolytic water-soluble compound), which is an isocaloric substitute for dietary Tripalmitin.
Aleuritic Acid esters are used in the preparation of lacquers and varnishes.
Aleuritic Acid is used in the preparation of plastics, providing good adhesive properties by combining it with Rosin, Pithalic Andydride and Glycerin.
In the Personal Care industry, Aleuritic Acid is used as a starting material for the synthesis of Civetone, Ambrettolide and Isoambrettolide, which are used as fixatives of musk-like aromas in the manufacture of perfume.