• Derived from: coconut palm tree
  • Pronunciation: (\ˌī-sə-ˈprō-pəl\ pal-mə-ˌtāt)
  • Type: Naturally-derived

What Is Isopropyl Palmitate?

Isopropyl palmitate is a colorless and almost odorless liquid substance made from palm oil and/or animal fats.[1,2,3] Isopropyl palmitate is used in hundreds of personal care and cosmetic products, including sunscreen, deodorant, perfumes, and other items.[1,4]

What Does Isopropyl Palmitate Do?

Isopropyl palmitate acts as a moisturizer in some products by helping bind moisture to the skin. It is also an emollient, which helps products spread smoothly, and it can be used as a fragrance ingredient [1] (as it dissolves in oil but not in water).[2]

How Isopropyl Palmitate Is Made

The process begins with the trans-esterification of methyl ester with isopropyl alcohol, then the removal of methanol by distillation (or esterification) of the fatty acid.[1,5] Isopropyl palmitate is a cetyl ester, which is part of a broader group of cosmetic ingredients (the alkyl esters). These consist of the reacted products of fatty acids and alcohols.[1]

Does Puracy Use Isopropyl Palmitate?

In addition to many questionable ingredients, Puracy does not use palm oil or animal by-products.


[1] Personal Care Council
[2] U.S. National Library of Medicine
[3] Fattore, E. & Fanelli, R., “Palm oil and palmitic acid: a review on cardiovascular effects and carcinogenicity,” International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, August 2013; 64(5): 648-659
[4] Environmental Working Group
[5] BASF

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