Diethylhexyl Carbonate



No known benefits

Diethylhexyl Carbonate description

Diethylhexyl carbonate is a synthetic oil-like ester that functions as a skin-conditioning agent and emollient. Also used in sunscreen formulas to help keep the active ingredients dispersed throughout the formula.

Diethylhexyl Carbonate references

  • Prospector, Accessed March 2021, ePublication
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, January 2017, pages 1-26
  • International Journal of Applied Science, November 2005, pages 20-26

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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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