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Ethylhexyl palmitate

Ethylhexyl palmitate
IUPAC name hexadecanoic acid 2-ethylhexyl ester
Other names Octyl palmitate
CAS number
PubChem 62851
Molecular formula C24H48O2
Molar mass 368.63672
Except where noted otherwise, data are given for
materials in their standard state
(at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
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Ethylhexyl palmitate, or octyl palmitate, is the ester of 2-ethylhexanol and palmitic acid. Ethylhexyl palmitate is commonly used in cosmetic formulations.

Chemical structure

Ethylhexyl palmitate is a branched saturated fatty ester, 22 carbons in length.

Physical properties

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.

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