Octyl Palmitate (2-Ethyl Hexyl Palmitate)

Chemical Name:
Hexadecanoic Acid, 2-Ethylhexyl Ester
  • Product Details & Information

    Octyl palmitate — also called hexadecanoic acid, 2-ethylhexyl ester or 2-ethyl hexyl palmitate — is a fatty acid ester. Ethylhexyl Palmitate is a personal care ester made from a combination of palmitic acid, found in animals and plant life, and smaller amounts of other fatty acids. A reaction between palmitic acid, 2-ethylhexanol and an acid catalyst produces the ester.

    Many personal care and cosmetics manufacturing entities rely on Ethylhexyl Palmitate to ensure the best possible quality and performance of their products. Octyl palmitate is used in place of silicone in certain applications and for various manufacturing processes in the cosmetics and personal care industries.

    Primarily used as a lubricant in skin care products, Ethylhexyl Palmitate smooths and softens the rough, dry skin that often occurs during the aging process.

    Key Ethylhexyl Palmitate Properties

    Ethylhexyl Palmitate formulations include a clear, colorless liquid and a waxy, crystalline material. It is often added to dry powder mixtures to act as a binding agent when manufacturing products in cake or tablet form, or to adjust the consistency of the material.

    In its crystalline form, Ethylhexyl Palmitate provides a “dry-slip” feel that closely resembles the texture of silicone. It frequently serves as an organic replacement for silicone. Ethylhexyl Palmitate also produces a slightly fatty odor.

    Our product is tested to ASTM standards and confirmed to have a maximum acid value of 0.2 KOH/g, a maximum iodine value of 1.0 g/100g and a moisture content of no more than 0.1 percent.

    The primary use for our product is the production of cosmetics, where it serves as a solvent, carrying agent, pigment wetting agent, fragrance fixative and emollient. When used as an organic alternative to silicone, it is mild and soothing, with a dry slip feel. It can also be found in moist towelettes and related personal care products.

    Acme-Hardesty manufactures our products without the use of GMOs, and we never test on animals. Our Ethylhexyl Palmitate has a shelf life of two years from the date of manufacture when stored unopened in a cool environment. Because our products contain no animal derivatives, they pose no risk of harboring bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE).

    MSDS Information for Ethylhexyl Palmitate

    The Ethylhexyl Palmitate safety sheets indicate that it is not considered a hazardous material, although it can act as an eye, skin or digestive irritant. Users should avoid eye or skin contact with Ethylhexyl Palmitate during handling and storage, as well as inhaling or swallowing the material. If accidental ingestion occurs, remove the material from the mouth and drink large amounts of water.

    Seek medical attention if symptoms develop. Store the product in its original container in a well-ventilated area.

    Our product is biodegradable, non-toxic and highly stable, though decomposition can occur at elevated temperatures, producing hazardous vapors.

    For more information, download the Ethylhexyl Palmitate MSDS sheet.

    Acme-Hardesty Supplies Ethylhexyl Palmitate to Leading Manufacturers

    Make Acme-Hardesty your one-stop Ethylhexyl Palmitate supplier. For more than 70 years, our goal has been to help manufacturers get the oleochemicals they need to produce the best possible products for their customers. We’ve evolved into one of the largest distributors of personal care esters and other essential chemicals in the United States and North America. As a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), we follow a set of sustainable, ethical practices when harvesting and refining palm oil into octyl palmitate and related products.

    If you’d like to place an order, contact us today. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you have about 2-Ethylhexyl Palmitate or our manufacturing processes in general.

  • Uses & Applications

    Functions in Cosmetics: Works as a Solvent, Carrying Agent, Pigment Wetting Agent, Fragrance Fixative and Emollient in Cosmetics

    Ethylhexyl Palmitate is used to manufacture a wide assortment of products, including:

    • Personal care/cosmetics: Anti-aging creams, baby oil, bath salts and soaks, eye treatment products, facial moisturizers, hair removal waxes, foot moisturizers, general skin care, sunscreens, women’s depilatories
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  • Shelf Life

    Two Years from Date of Manufacture when stored according to MSDS recommendations

  • INCI Name

    Ethylhexyl Palmitate

Sales Specifications of 2-Ethyl Hexyl Palmitate Standard Liquid

ParametersSpecificationsTest Methods
Acid Value, mg KOH/g 0.2 max ASTM D 1980-87
Saponification Value, mg KOH/g 150 – 155 ASTM D 5558-95
Iodine Value, g/100g 1.0 max ASTM D 5554-95
Hydroxyl Value, mg KOH/g 1 max ASTM D 1957-86
Color APHA, Hazen 30 max ASTM D 1209-84
Moisture, % 0.1 max ASTM D 1744-92
Specs & MSDS of 2-Ethylhexyl Palmitate