Hello lovelies, as promised this is another edition of my post on cosmetics/skin care ingredients review!

Today we are looking at the Palmitates, if you have picked any product that contained this, you might want to know more about it. Keep reading!

What are they?

EthylhexylPalmitate,( you can see it as OctylPalmitate) is a clear, colorless, practically odorless liquid. Or as CetylPalmitatea white, crystalline, wax-like substance and Isopropyl Palmitate a colorless, almost odorless, liquid. In cosmetics and skin care products, the Palmitates are used in quite a lot of products.

Why are they used in cosmetics and skin care products?

The Palmitates ingredients act as lubricants on the skin’s surface, which gives the skin a soft and smooth appearance. Isopropyl Palmitate may be used as a binder which is an ingredient added to compounded dry powder mixtures of solids to provide adhesivequalities during and after compression to make tablets or cakes especially in powders

Are they safe?

The safety of the Palmitates has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Revies (CIR) Expert Panel. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data and concluded that EthylhexylPalmitate, CetylPalmitate and Isopropyl Palmitate were safe as cosmetic ingredients.

CIR Safety Review: The CIR Expert Panel concluded that the Palmitates would be expected to be nontoxic in view of their hydrolysis to palmitic acid and to the corresponding alcohols. Dermal acute and subchronic studies with the Palmitates did not show any evidence of toxicity. Eye irritation tests on the Palmitates produced either very slight ocular irritation or none at all. Human skin tests with the Palmitates and with products containing the Palmitates were reviewed.

One of three products containing 40%-50% EthylhexylPalmitate produced mild irritation. Moisturizers containing 2.5%-2.7% CetylPalmitate were minimally irritating and produced no signs of sensitization, phototoxicity or photo-contact allergenicity. Undiluted Isopropyl Palmitate was minimally irritating and was reported to be a “weak potential sensitizer” of the “lowest grade.” A bath oil product containing 45.6% Isopropyl Palmitate produced no signs of irritation, sensitization, phototoxicity, or photo contact allergenicity. The CIR Expert Panel noted that EthylhexylPalmitate was not tested at concentrations above 50% for skin irritation and no data on sensitization or phototoxicity were available for this ingredient. Clinical data on CetylPalmitate were limited to concentrations of 2.7%. Based on the available data, the CIR Expert Panel concluded that EthylhexylPalmitate, CetylPalmitate, and Isopropyl Palmitate were safe as cosmetic ingredients. Ethylhexyl, Cetyl, and Isopropyl Palmitate may be used in cosmetics and skin care products according to the general provisions of the Cosmetics Directive of the European Union provided the fatty acids and fatty alcohols are not of animal origin (but how are we going to know if it is of animal origin?)

It is safe anyway and can be used. However, if your skin is sensitive,  you might want to use it with care .

Shop original cosmetics at Ewaade beauty store and you won’t have anything to worry about.


Have a lovely weekend!


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