💊 Chemical information

Colofonia; Coloph.; Colophane; Colophonium; Kalafuna; Kanifolija; Kolofoni; Kolofónium; Kolofonium; Resin; Resina Pini; Resina Terebinthinae; Rosin.


In Eur. and Jpn.

Ph. Eur. 6.2

(Colophony). The residue remaining after distillation of the volatile oil from the oleoresin obtained from various species of Pinus. Translucent, pale yellow to brownish-yellow, angular, irregularly shaped, brittle, glassy pieces of different sizes the surfaces of which bear conchoidal markings. Do not reduce to a fine powder.

💊 Profile

Colophony is an ingredient of some collodions and plaster-masses. It has been used as an ingredient of ointments and dressings for wounds and minor skin disorders. Skin sensitisation and allergic respiratory symptoms have been reported.


1. Downs AM, Sansom JE. Colophony allergy: a review. Contact Dermatitis 1999; 41: 305–10.

💊 Preparations

BP 2008: Flexible Collodion.

Proprietary Preparations

Rus.: Biopin (Биопин)†. Multi-ingredient: Austral.: Zam-Buk†; Austria: Ehrenhofer-Salbe; Vulpuran; Braz.: Basilicao†; Ital.: Fialetta Odontalgica Dr Knapp; Mex.: Parche Negro Belladona; Switz.: Leucen; UK: Dispello; Herbheal Ointment; Pickles Corn Caps.
Published May 02, 2019.