Ethylhexyl Palmitate is a renewable palm derivative with a variety of uses in both personal care and industrial applications. 
It is used in cosmetic formulations as a solvent, carrying agent, wetting agent, emollient, and used mostly in the formulation of, eye/skin makeup, lipstick and skin care products. 
It also widely used in metal working fluids, textile auxiliaries and lube & grease.

Ethylhexyl palmitate, or octyl palmitate, is the fatty acid ester derived from 2-ethylhexanol and palmitic acid. 
Ethylhexyl palmitate is commonly used in cosmetic formulations.
Ethylhexyl palmitate is a branched saturated fatty ester derived from ethylhexyl alcohol and palmitic acid.

Ethylhexyl palmitate is a clear, colorless liquid at room temperature with a slightly fatty odor.

Palmitic acid and 2-ethylhexanol are reacted in the presence of an acid catalyst to make the ester.
Ethylhexyl palmitate is used in cosmetic formulations as a solvent, carrying agent, pigment wetting agent, fragrance fixative and emollient. 
Its dry-slip skinfeel is similar to some silicone derivatives.

IUPAC name
Hexadecanoic acid 2-ethylhexyl ester
Other names
Octyl palmitate


2-Ethylhexyl hexadecanoate


Elfacos EHP

Hexadecanoic acid, 2-ethylhexyl ester

Ceraphyl 368

Wickenol 155

Palmitic acid, 2-ethylhexyl ester

EINECS 249-862-1

Octyl Palmitate (2-Ethyl Hexyl Palmitate)
Chemical Name: Hexadecanoic Acid, 2-Ethylhexyl Ester
CAS#: 29806-73-3

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.

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.

Functions in Cosmetics: Works as a Solvent, Carrying Agent, Pigment Wetting Agent, Fragrance Fixative and Emollient in CosmeticsEthylhexyl 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
2-ethylhexyl palmitate
EC Inventory, Pre-Registration process
CAS names
Hexadecanoic acid, 2-ethylhexyl ester

IUPAC names
2-Ethylhexyl hexadecanoate

2-ethylhexyl palmitate, Hexadecanoic acid, 2-ethylhexyl ester

Ceraphyl 368

Ethylhexyl palmitate

hexadecanoic acid, 2-ethlhexyl ester


OP 2-ethylhexyl palmitate

Trade names
Crodamol OP

Dermol 816



EC 1043

Mosselman 2-ethylhexyl palmitate



Paryol Neoderm OP

RADIA 7129

RADIA 7779

RADIA 7780

Rodalube 116

Rofacer 116

Rofetan 116

Super Refined Crodamol OP

Waglinol 13016

Wickenol 155

2-Ethylhexyl palmitate.

EC 249-862-1

Palmitic acid 2-ethylhexyl ester

Hexadecanoic acid,2-ethylhexyl ester

2-ethylhexyl palmitate;ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE

Ethylhexyl Palmitate is an ester of 2-ethylhexyl alcohol and palmitic acid. It is an alternate to silicone-based ingredients offering a ‘dry-slip' feel. It helps adjust consistency in skin-care products.
ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE is classified as :
CAS Number    29806-73-3
EINECS/ELINCS No:    249-862-1
COSING REF No:    33890
Chem/IUPAC Name:    Hexadecanoic acid, 2-ethylhexyl ester; Octyl palmitate

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