Ethylhexyl Palmitate (2-ethylhexyl palmitate or Octyl palmitate) is an ester of 2-ethyl hexanol and palmitic acid, a multifunctional skincare ingredient that improves the skin feel of the final product. It's an emollient ester and a perfect replacement for mineral oils like petrolatum.
It is a clear low viscosity liquid with little odor. Ethylhexyl palmitate provides slip and lubricity to skin preparations and is a good anti-tack agent in antiperspirants, creams, and lotions.
This multi-purpose ester provides a more decadent skin feel and imparts “mid-feel” to emulsion during rub-out. Ethylhexyl Palmitate is a non-occlusive emollient with medium-spreading properties.
In addition, Ethylhexyl palmitate may be used as a carrying agent and solvent for other ingredients, a fixative for fragrance, and a pigment-wetting agent in decorative cosmetics. It is used in skin, hair, and makeup products at a typical use level of 5-50 %.