• Derived from: Corn
  • Pronunciation: \ˈle-sə-thən\
  • Type: Natural

What Is Lecithin?

Lecithin is a lipid or combination of fatty acids.[1,2]  It naturally occurs in many life forms and can be a waxy mass or a pourable liquid.[3] 

Common Lecithin Sources 

Lecithin may be sourced from ingredients such as corn, egg yolks, and soybeans.[4]

How Lecithin Is Made

Commercially, lecithin is made by hydrating soy, safflower, or corn oil. For the manufacture of canola lecithin, canola seeds are dried, pressed, then extracted with hexane. The mixture is then filtered and heated to remove the hexane, then bleached and dried (if desired). Lecithin manufactured from soy often involves removing most or all of the soy protein. Enzyme-modified lecithin is made by treating lecithin with either phospholipase A2 or pancreatin.[4]

What Does Lecithin Do?

Lecithin is an emulsifier and skin conditioner.[2,4] It is often used in perfumes, makeup, hairspray, deodorants, moisturizers, and similar products.[2,4]

How Puracy Uses Lecithin

Puracy uses lecithin to keep ingredients from separating and to help products feel smooth. Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care and cleaning product quality standards.[5]  According to the Cosmetic Ingredients Review, lecithin and hydrogenated lecithin are safe in rinse-off products and in leave-in products at concentrations below 15%.[4] the EPA has put lecithins on its Safer Chemical Ingredients List, and studies show that the ingredient does not irritate the skin and is safe for use in cosmetics.[4,6,7]



[1]European Commission
[2] Environmental Working Group
[4] Personal Care Council 
[5] Whole Foods Market
[6] Environmental Protection Agency
[7] Andersen, F. A. Final report on the safety assessment of lecithin and hydrogenated lecithin. International Journal of Toxicology. 2001;20(1):21-45. 

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