Menthyl Lactate



No known benefits

Menthyl Lactate at a glance

  • Derivative of menthol
  • Exhibits a light, minty scent
  • Prompts a cool, tingling sensation when applied topically
  • Can cause skin sensitization

Menthyl Lactate description

The ester of menthol and lactic acid, this ingredient is used as a cooling or flavoring agent and fragrance in cosmetics. This derivative of menthol is supposed to be less sensitising than menthol, but there’s no substantiated, pubsliehd research supporting this notion. Menthyl lactate may be synthetic, plant-derived, or animal-derived.

Menthyl Lactate references

  • UL Prospector, Accessed October 2023, Webpage
  • Advanced Materials Review, January 2013, pages 647-650
  • Personal Care Product Council Ingredient Database,

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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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