13. Spermaceti Helped In Making Ointments And Pomades
Whale harvesting is a brutal tragedy but as in any animal-based industry, the rarer the item the animal has to offer, the more pursued it is, often leading towards its extinction.
Spermaceti is only found in Sperm whales. This waxy substance is found in their head cavities and is speculated to either help the whale with buoyancy or echolocation.
Known for its texture and deeply nourishing properties spermaceti was commonly used in making ointment bases and pomades to accommodate the luxurious lifestyles of the 20th-century citizenry and help them keep their hair in place.