Home Cosmetic Science Talk Formulating Skin Tocopherol vs Tocopheryl Acetate

  • Tocopherol vs Tocopheryl Acetate

    Posted by Mythos-Forge on December 16, 2023 at 6:11 am

    Tocopherol (Vitamin E T-50) vs Tocopheryl Acetate or both in an only oil based skin care product, % of Tocopherol needed for purely antioxidant purposes when using Grapeseed oil 18% and Rosehip oil 8% in the formula, and percentage to use at to get skin benifits of the Vitamin E, can Tocopherol alone be used for both or does it need to be combined with Tocopheryl Acetate ? What percentages should not be exceeded of these 2 forms of Vitamin E in a formula ?

    chemicalmatt replied 6 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • MarkBroussard

    December 16, 2023 at 6:26 pm


    Tocopheryl Acetate is virtually worthless in cosmetic formulas. Stick with Tocopherol or Tocotrienols. You can use 0.2%, but I’ve seen it used at up to 2%.

  • chemicalmatt

    December 20, 2023 at 12:55 pm

    Well said @MarkBroussard. It should be universal knowledge by now regarding the antioxidant non-activity of the acetate but weirdly it is not. Even some of the suppliers don’t mention it. Go figure.

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