According to the text . While smelly, it was less-so than other alternatives, like oils rendered from the fat … Blubber is also turned into fuel for lamps, wax for candles and grease for machinery. A peculiar oil found in the head of the sperm whale, spermaceti, was highly prized. Sperm whale oil is favored for lamps, because it burns slowly and does not emit bad odors as it burns. A friend and I were watching a documentary on blue whales when he piped up, “You know, the Japs still hunt whales for their oil. Whale oil later came to be used in oiling wools for combing and other uses. Spermaceti, a Highly Regarded Oil . As the whale ages the percentage of wax esters found in the spermaceti organ increases from around 40% to nearly 90% depending on the whales age and sex. The use of whale oil had a steady decline starting in the late 19th century due to the development of superior alternatives, and later, the passing of environmental laws. If whale products were forbidden from use whales could be saved. Whale oil is only used to light houses and for decoration. But the histories of the oil industry were written mostly by the oil industry, so it is no surprise that the whale oil myth took root, despite the facts, and is frequently cited today. 1.b. 1.c. The only whale product still in use for cosmetics is ambergris. In 1986, the International Whaling Commission declared a moratorium on commercial whaling, which has all but eliminated the use of whale oil today. It was also used to heal soldiers' wounds in war. Hunting whales has been forbidden all over the world since 1966. Fast forward to the future and whale oil is still being used to lubricate spacecraft such as the Hubble space telescope and the Voyager space probe. The oil was waxy, and was commonly used in making candles. It was the first of any animal or mineral oil to achieve commercial viability. In fact, candles made of spermaceti were considered the best in the world, producing a bright clear flame without an excess of smoke. The first principal use of whale oil was as an illuminant in lamps and as candle wax. The name “spermaceti” comes from the whales historical past when whalers used to hunt these marine mammals for their blubber and spermaceti oil. Whale oil was great for things like lipstick - long lasting oil that was solid at room temperature, accepted colors readily and of course was safe to "eat" as many cosmetics need to be. The blubber is cooked until rendered into oil, known as whale oil, that can be used for soap, and as a component in makeup that contributes a glossy shine. People only hunted whales that contained oil and perfume. Whale oil became the main oil used for oil lamps and lubrication. Whale oil was still valued as an industrial lubricant, but costs and the unreliability of supply slowed down productivity. 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