Tocopheryl Linoleate



Tocopheryl Linoleate at a glance

  • Form of vitamin E (technically, the ester of tocopherol and linoleic acid)
  • Skin-conditioning agent (moisturising) and antioxidant (anti-ageing)
  • Works well to mitigate the negative impact environmental stressors have on skin
  • Deemed safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel

Tocopheryl Linoleate description

Tocopheryl linoleate is a form of vitamin E (technically, the ester of tocopherol and linoleic acid). It is categorized as a skin-conditioning agent (think moisturising) and antioxidant (think anti-ageing). When compared to other vitamin E derivatives, tocopheryl linoleate was shown to be one of the top free radical scavengers (meaning it has a significant impact on reducing the negative effects environmental stressors have on skin). Thus, this is a good ingredient to see in skin care formulations. Tocopheryl linoleate is used in a wide variety of other personal care products including makeup and hair or nail care. In 2018, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel reconfirmed tocopheryl linoleate’s status as a safe ingredient. Their report surveyed products using tocopheryl linoleate in concentrations between 0.0001-1%. It is sometimes used in very low amounts to help stabilise plant extracts and vitamins.

Tocopheryl Linoleate references

  • UL Prospector, Accessed January 2022, ePublication
  • International Journal of Toxicology, 2018, pages 61S-94S
  • Journal of Pharmeceutical Sciences, January 1995, pages 107-110

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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