Glyceryl Laurate



Glyceryl Laurate at a glance

  • Versatile emollient and emulsifier in cosmetics
  • Offers gentle cleansing properties
  • Helps stabilize and preserve emulsions
  • Often plant-derived but may also be synthetic

Glyceryl Laurate description

Glyceryl laurate is the single ester made from glycerin and the coconut-derived fatty acid lauric acid. It may be plant-derived or lab-made. In cosmetics, glyceryl laurate has emollient, emulsifying, and mild preservative properties. It also has cleansing properties for skin, but is chemically considered an amphoteric surfactant, which puts it among the gentlest options. This versatile ingredient is soluble in oils and solvents, making it a useful addition to many types of cosmetics. Usage levels of glyceryl laurate in cosmetics is typically 0.1–5%, depending on formulary needs. Amounts from 20–100% have been shown to provoke skin irritation; however, these amounts are well above what’s used in cosmetics.

Glyceryl Laurate references

  • Surgical Infections, October 2015, pages 538–542
  • International Journal of Toxicology, May 2004, pages 1–94

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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