Sucrose Laurate


Cleansing Agent

Sucrose Laurate at a glance

  • Created from a combination of sugar and lauric acid
  • Functions as an emollient/skin-conditioning agent and emulsifier/surfactant
  • Often touted as a gentle cleansing agent
  • P&G study suggests blending this ingredient with dilaurate to mitigate skin dulling/yellowing

Sucrose Laurate description

Sucrose laurate is classified as an emollient/skin-conditioning agent and emulsifier/surfactant. This versatile, plant-derived ingredient is created from a combination of sugar and lauric acid (one of several fatty acids found in coconut oil, babassu butter and other natural fats). It is often touted as a gentle cleansing agent. A 2022 study funded by Procter & Gamble combined sucrose laurate with dilaurate and suggested this blend to prevent unhealthy yellowish/dull skin appearance after oxidative stress. More independent studies are necessary to validate these effects. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) 2021 assessment of sucrose laurate deemed it safe in the present practices of use and concentration. Their survey reported use in 42 personal care formulations with a maximum concentration of 3% at the time of this writing.

Sucrose Laurate references

  •, Accessed August 2022, ePublication
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, May 2022, pages 1-16
  • International Journal of Toxicology, October 2021, pages 52S-116S

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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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