It is obtained from the wood of the camphor tree or synthetically from turpentine oil. It is in the form of small white, shiny crystals with a strong pungent odor and is soluble in oil or alcohol. It is widely used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products.
Camphor has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, slightly analgesic, antimicrobial, antipruritic, rubefacient (warming sensation), eliminates bad odor. It is absorbed very quickly by the skin like menthol giving a sensation of freshness. It is useful in inflammations and oily skin, acne and skin eruptions such as pimples. It is used as an insect repellent.

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