Advice on Vitamin E Use

I use capric/caprylic triglyceride and squalane oil mix as a moisturiser to avoid preservatives and other ingredients my skin is allergic to and I am looking to add vitamin E and I wondered if any one had advice on this. 

My first question is related to the type of vitamin E to use. The research shows the natural vitamin E is the best for you - d-alpha tocopherol. However, I have read that it is unstable so some recommend using the synthetic version. Would adding d-alpha tocopherol oil to a apric/caprylic triglyceride and squalane oil mix be problematic? 

And my second question is about the amount to use. Most people use it at about 1% but I have seen some recommend it at 5-10% and some places say it can be used pure on the skin. I can't find any research on what level is best so does anyone have any advice on this? 

Thank you


  • MarkBroussardMarkBroussard Member, Professional Chemist

    You should be fine with 1% ... Tocopherol is quite sticky, so the skin sensorials above 1% might get rather unpleasant.  There are 3 types, Tocopherol Acetate, Mixed Tocopherols and Tocotrienols.  I generally prefer Tocotrienols.  You can purchase from J Edwards Intl.
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  • johnbjohnb Member, Professional Chemist
    @Donmattus I know you from another forum.

    As this vitamin E is for your own purposes, may I suggest that you buy softgel capsules of the material. You can open them with a pin and squeeze out the contents to use as you wish - direct application of dilution of small quantities in your moisturiser blend. Doing this will avoid any problems with oxidation on storage of free oil and is a convenient and low cost way of buying the material.
  • Thank you both (and hi Jon), that is really helpful. 

    I came across this and wondered what you thought?
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