Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate


Texture enhancer

Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate at a glance

  • Derived from a mixture of neopentyl glycol and heptanoic acid
  • Functions as a skin-softening agent and formulary thickening agent
  • Light straw-colored liquid in its raw material form
  • Known to be safe for cosmetic use

Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate description

Neopentyl glycol diheptanoate is a mixture of texture-enhancing ingredient neopentyl glycol and grape-derived fatty acid heptanoic acid. The compound functions as a non-aqueous skin-softening agent (emollient) and formulary thickening agent. Neopentyl glycol diheptanoate is described as a light straw-colored liquid in its raw material form. The 2017 Cosmetic Ingredient Review report for neopentyl glycol diheptanoate concluded that it is safe for cosmetic use (they surveyed 415 products using concentrations between 1-33%).

Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate references

  • Parchem, Accessed March 2021, ePublication
  • Enzyme and Microbial Technology, April 2020, ePublication
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, November 2017, pages 1-48

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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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