Myristyl Myristate


Texture enhancer

Myristyl Myristate at a glance

  • The ester of myristyl alcohol and myristic acid
  • Used as an emollient, occlusive, opacifier, and texture enhancer
  • Non-greasy texture noticeably improves spreadability
  • May be plant-derived or synthetic

Myristyl Myristate description

Myristyl myristate is the ester of the fatty alcohol myristyl alcohol and fatty acid myristic acid. The result is a highly versatile cosmetic ingredient that works to enhance texture, improve spreadability, add opacity to creams, serums and lotions, offer skin-softening emollient properties, and offer a non-greasy occlusive finish that helps prevent dehydration. Usage levels in cosmetics range from 1–10% depending on formulary needs such as desired aesthetics. It is considered safe as used in cosmetics.

Myristyl Myristate references

  •, Accessed March 2021, ePublication
  • Molecules, November 2020, pages 1–18
  • International Journal of Toxicology, July 2020, pages 162S-186S
  • Journal of the American College of Toxicology, Volume 1, Number 4, 1982, pages 55–80

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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