Palmitic Acid (C16)

Inci Name:

Palmitic Acid

Chemical Name:
Hexadecanoic Acid

Palmitic acid, as the name implies, is a fatty acid present in palm oil. It can also be derived from many other plant and vegetable sources — in fact, it is the most commonly occurring natural fatty acid in the world. As a result of this ubiquity, it has a wide range of uses in manufacturing and other applications.

For more than 70 years, Acme-Hardesty has been a leading North American producer of oleochemicals and refined palm oil products. We are a member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), which means we work exclusively with raw materials that have been ethically and sustainably obtained.

What Is Palmitic Acid?

Palmitic acid — also known as hexadecanoic acid — is available in liquid or solid (bead or flake) forms. It has a light odor and a white or pale appearance, and it can last for up two years when stored according to instructions in the product MSDS (one year in its liquid form).

Acme-Hardesty offers several varieties of palmitic acid for use in different industrial processes. Our main product is minimum 98-percent pure, though a 95-percent version is available, too. FG- and kosher-certified palmitic acids are available for use in food and beverage products.

Uses & Applications

Palmitic acid is inexpensive and easy to produce, making it an excellent choice for many industrial applications. It is used in the production of soaps, detergents and cosmetics as an emulsifier. It is also a texturing agent for foods, a waxy cover for fruits and vegetables, and a source of anionic and nonionic surfactants and esters. Palmitic acid can be further refined or combined with other chemical agents to produce isopropyl palmitate, cetyl alcohol and other additives.

  • Personal Care: Emulsifier for Facial Creams and Lotions, often used in Shaving Cream Formulations
  • Waxes: Fruit Wax Formulations
  • Surfactants and Esters: Anionic and Nonionic Surfactants
  • Food and Beverage: Raw Material for Emulsifiers
  • Soaps and Detergents: Intermediate
  • Uses of Palmitic Acid

Product Details

95%, 98%, Veg, FGK, Kosher, Beads, Flakes or Liquid

Bags, Supersacks, Bulk Tank Trucks. Our 98% FGK Flakes are also available in 50lb Bags in our Online Store.

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