Ethylhexyl Cocoate



Ethylhexyl Cocoate at a glance

  • Skin conditioning and emollient ingredient
  • Derived from coconut oil fatty acids
  • Usage ranges from 0.01-41%
  • Pale straw-colored liquid
  • Ruled safe as used in cosmetics

Ethylhexyl Cocoate description

Ethylhexyl cocoate is a skin conditioning ester and emollient ingredient derived from coconut oil fatty acids. In its raw form it is a pale, straw-colored liquid. Ethylhexyl cocoate is used in cosmetics in concentrations ranging from 0.01–41%. The independent Cosmetic Ingredient has ruled it safe as used in current practices. It lends a silky feel that improves product application and can also reduce the “soaping” effect moisturizer formulas may develop.

Ethylhexyl Cocoate references

  • CosmeticsInfo, Accessed March 2023, Website
  • SpecialChem, Accessed March 2023, Website
  • UL Prospector, Accessed March 2023, Website
  • International Journal of Toxicology, May 2011, pages 5S-16S

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

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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