AKA: Octyl Palmitate
Botanical, Synthetic, Animal
Ethylhexyl palmitate is an emollient ester. An emollient is a type of ingredient that improves the appearance of skin by filling in the microcracks on the surface of the skin. The skin, therefore, appears smoother and softer.
Ethylhexyl palmitate offers the feeling of a rich emollient without the oily after feel, which makes it popular as a replacement for mineral oil. This transparent amber liquid can also act as a solvent for wetting out otherwise insoluble compounds, such as iron oxide pigments.
Ethylhexyl palmitate is derived from natural sources, including palm oil and palm kernel oil, and is occasionally utilized as a fragrance, as well.
This ingredient is listed among common comedogenic ingredients by acne.org.