Ethylhexyl Olivate



Ethylhexyl Olivate at a glance

  • Natural emollient of skin-conditioning fatty acids derived from olive oil
  • Helps keep vital hydrating substances in skin from escaping
  • Delivers a non-greasy after feel that leaves skin and hair soft
  • Enhances spreadability of creams, lotions, etc.

Ethylhexyl Olivate description

Ethylhexyl olivate is an olive-derived emollient. More specifically, it is the natural ester of skin-conditioning fatty acids derived from olive oil. It can have an occlusive effect on skin, but that does not mean skin is suffocating; rather, the occlusive nature helps keep vital hydrating substances in skin from escaping, such as can occur in a dry (arid) environment. Suppliers of ethylhexyl olivate describe it as being a low-viscosity emollient (colorless, odorless liquid) with a dry, non-tacky after feel that leaves skin and hair soft. It’s also touted as enhancing the spreadability of formulas and providing a protective film for hair. This ingredient is often positioned as an alternative to silicone ingredients for those seeking such. Ethylhexyl olivate has been deemed safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel and does not have concentration limits.

Ethylhexyl Olivate references

  • Making Cosmetics, December 2019, ePublication
  • American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, February 2018, pages 103-117
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, December 2017, ePublication
  • International Journal of Toxicology, 2015, pages 5S-69S
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, March 2012, pages 3,291-3,340

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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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