Vitamin E - Synthetic DL Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate

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Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin found in many different plant oils and throughout the body where it acts as an antioxidant to prevent the oxidation of lipids.

DL Tocopheryl Acetate is a great and economical option for slowing oxidation of oils in your product.

If you are looking for Vitamin E to use an an active ingredient to increase Vitamin E levels in the skin, you can find Vitamin E, Natural D Alpha Tocopherol here.

If you are looking for Natural Vitamin E to slow oxidation of oils in your product, you can find Vitamin E, Mixed Tocopherols here.

Vitamin E is not a preservative, it is an antioxidant which is not the same thing, if you are looking for a preservative please find the collection of preservatives here.

This product is intended for external use only

Alpha Tocopherol
Alpha tocopherols are chiefly used in the supplement industry where they are taken internally for their antioxidant effects in the body. Research also shows that these results can be achieved through trans-dermal application so topical use of Alpha-tocopherol is a legitimate method to counter oxidation in the skin and subcutaneous tissues.

There are two commonly available forms of Alpha tocopherol:
d-alpha tocopherol - Natural, typically derived from Soy Bean Oil   (we stock this one)
dl-alpha tocopherol - Synthetic, petrochemical based

Both forms offer antioxidant activity when taken internally but the efficacy of synthetic Alpha-tocopherol is much lower than its natural counterpart. This is because the liver only recognises the natural version and synthetic versions are preferentially excreted. This happens to such an extent that natural Alpha-tocopherol is twice as bioavailable as synthetic when taken internally.
At this stage there is no clear evidence as to how this applies to the topical use of Alpha-tocopherol though it is likely that the natural version will also be more effective as well.

The most commonly used ester of vitamin E is Alpha-tocopheryl acetate, again this comes as either natural (D) or synthetic (DL) derived. The esterified form of Alpha-tocopherol is more stable and less acidic it is also said to prolong the effectiveness of Alpha-tocopherol in the skin tissues, particularly as a defence against UV light. We stock Vitamin E - Synthetic DL Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate

Mixed Tocopherols
Whilst Alpha tocopherol is effective in body tissues, it is not effective as an antioxidant to inhibit rancidity in oils and fats. Far more effective are the other tocopherols present in mixed tocopherols, particularly delta and gamma tocopherols. Mixed tocopherols are widely used in the food industry to extend the shelf life of foods containing fats. Products for this purpose (INS Number E306) typically limit the Alpha-tocopherol content to 20% due to it's negligible use in this context.

Consequently mixed tocopherols are the ingredients of choice if the purpose is to inhibit oxidation on skincare and cosmetic products. As they also contain up to 20% Alpha-tocopherol they also offer the trans-dermal delivery of metabolically useful antioxidant. We stock Vitamin E - Natural Mixed Tocopherols 700 IU.


INCI DL Tocopheryl Acetate
CAS Number 7695-91-2
Potential Applications All products containing oil / cool down phase
Usage 0.1 - 1%
Solubility Oil Soluble 
Palm Free Yes
Vegan   Yes
Tested on animals No
Contains GMO No
Country of origin China
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Reviewed by khoa t.
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great as an antioxidant for our formulation

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Vitamin E - Synthetic DL Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate

Good product, and good price.

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Reviewed by mia-nina a.
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Good product, great for adding to lip balms and body butters. Would be easier to use with a dropper.

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