• Cholesterol


Characteristic properties

  • A natural skin lipid
  • Has emulsifying properties 
  • A vital part of cell membranes

Areas of application


  • In cosmetic formulations and topical applications, cholesterol can be used as natural skin lipid
  • It has emulsifying and stabilising properties, increases a formulation`s water absorption capacity and acts as an emollient
Barbe Volbert

Ms. Barbe Volbert
Phone: +49  421 5239-46331
Fax: +49  421  5239-46376


  • In pharmaceutical applications, cholesterol is used as a precursor for the production of vitamin D3 and steroid hormones
  • It also plays a role in the development of drug delivery systems
Juri Davidoff

Mr. Juri Davidoff
Phone: +49 421 5239-46389
Fax: +49 421 5239-46287

Veterinary/animal nutrition/animal care

  • In aquaculture cholesterol can be used as a feed additive in shrimp farming
Arne Schwoge

Mr. Arne Schwoge
Phone: +49  421 5239-46333
Fax: +49  421 5239-46375 


Cholesterol is a natural substance found in animal cells, where it is the most common sterol. Plants do not contain cholesterol. Cholesterol is a vital component of cell membranes and an important precursor for the biosynthesis of hormones and bile acids. It is also essential for embryonic development. Cholesterol is water-insoluble and is transported through the body to cells with the help of lipoproteins in the blood. During the production process, cholesterol is extracted from lanolin, and then refined.

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