Diheptyl Succinate


Texture enhancer

Diheptyl Succinate at a glance

  • Lightweight, emollient texture enhancer
  • Sometimes used as a replacement for silicones in cosmetics
  • Considered highly renewable and biodegradable
  • Deemed safe as used in cosmetics

Diheptyl Succinate description

Diheptyl succinate is a lightweight, emollient texture enhancer that is synthetically produced from naturally occurring succinic acid and a colourless alcohol known as heptanol. It is sometimes used as a replacement for silicones in cosmetic products. One of the appealing aspects of diheptyl succinate for sustainability is that it is considered highly renewable and biodegradable and thus, “green”. The independent Cosmetic Ingredient Review panel has ruled diheptyl succinate is safe as used in cosmetics in amounts up to 5%.

Diheptyl Succinate references

  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, July 2020, pages 12,409–12,418
  • https://www.cir-safety.org/sites/default/files/Caprylhydroxamic%20Acid_0.pdf
  • http://www.cosmeticsandtoiletries.com/formulating/function/feelenhancer/169326356.html

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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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