Lauryl Laurate



Lauryl Laurate at a glance

  • Wax-like emollient that contributes to a soft after feel and smooth glide
  • Helps bioactive ingredients better integrate with skin’s surface
  • Can be used to add opacity to a formula
  • Deemed safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review

Lauryl Laurate description

Lauryl laurate is the ester of lauryl alcohol + lauric acid. This wax-like emollient can help bioactive ingredients better integrate with skin’s surface. It also contributes to a soft finish, helps provide a smooth glide, and can be used to add opacity to a formula. In hair care, lauryl laurate functions as a conditioning agent and it’s also used in makeup products such as lipstick. Despite being an emollient, lauryl laurate can actually reduce the greasy feel of oil-based solutions, providing an almost silicone-like feel. It is considered a low molecular weight ingredient. This ingredient has been deemed safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (their report looked at products containing up to 16% lauryl laurate).

Lauryl Laurate references

  • Drug Delivery and Translational Research, April 2017, pages 333-435
  • Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, 2016, pages 1,597-1,606
  • International Journal of Toxicology, 2015, pages 5S-69S

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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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