Spermaceti was a cooling ointment used to treat excoriations of the skin. It was also often used to soften and heal chapped skin. Spermaceti was gathered during whaling and quite valuable. It was also used for candles and cosmetics. Thomas Jefferson discussed the economic import of spermaceti for the colonies in an 1775 address to Congress.
“Spermaceti,” Exhibits, accessed March 24, 2017, http://utswlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/152.