Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2



Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 at a glance

  • A diester emollient made from several fatty acids
  • Also has humectant properties
  • High molecular weight keeps it on skin’s surface
  • Synthetic and non-irritating

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 description

Bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 is a diester (compound with 2 ester groups) made from several fatty acids, including caprylic, capric, stearic, isostearic and hydroxystearic acids. This blend gives bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 emollient and wetting properties. This ingredient also has water-binding (humectant) properties; its high molecular weight keeps it on skin’s surface where it helps prevent water loss from skin’s lower layers as it attracts moisture from the air. Use levels of bis-diglyceryl polyacyladipate-2 range from 1–10%, depending on formulary needs and desired aesthetics. A 2% concentration in moisturizers is common, provided its blended with other hydrators such as glycerin, glycols, various oils, or silicones. It’s considered safe and non-irritating as used in cosmetics. Fun fact: it’s sometimes used in makeup, such as lipsticks, as a vegan alternative to the emollient lanolin.

Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 references

  • SpecialChem, Accessed August 2023, Webpage
  •, Accessed August 2023, Webpage
  • International Journal of Toxicology, September-October 2013, pages 56S-64S

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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