Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate



Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate at a glance

  • A synthetic emollient that conditions and softens skin
  • Made from the fatty alcohol octyldodecanol
  • Imparts a silky texture
  • Considered safe and non-sensitizing for skin

Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate description

Octyldodecyl neopentanoate is a synthetic emollient. Supplied in liquid form, it lends a silky feel and smooth finish to cosmetics. It’s considered safe for skin, is not known to be sensitizing, and can be used in a broad range of emulsions and across pH ranges. An interesting aspect of this ingredient is that it can help improve SPF (sun protection factor) values. This is due to its solubilizing and stabilizing effect on many UV filters, including titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Usage levels typically range from 5–15%, although lower amounts may be used when this ingredient is part of a blend.

Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate references

  • International Journal of Toxicology, September 2015, pages 5S-69S
  • Dermatitis, November 2010, page 343
  • Cosmetics and Toiletries, 1997, pages 75-82

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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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