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Glyceryl laurate is known for its skin conditioning and emollient, skin softening and soothing,
properties. It is also a surfactant (a material which allows water to spread easily over a surface) and an
emulsifier (a material necessary to keep water and oil together like in lotion products). In deodorant
applications, it inhibits the growth of skin bacteria responsible for odor production. The mechanism of how it
works hasn't clearly been shown, but it is thought that the glyceryl laurate dissolves the outer membranes of
the skin bacteria that produce body odor.
Synthetic antimicrobial agents are alternatives in deodorant products. Other natural materials also
work as antimicrobial agents, such as hops and rosemary extracts, as well as lemongrass oil. We currently use
many natural actives as part of an integrated strategy to fight odor. Employing multiple actives allows us to
use lower doses of any given active, for the broadest level of efficacy.
Glyceryl laurate used at high doses in products can cause skin irritation, but our deodorants do not
contain enough to cause such a reaction.
Tom's of Maine recognizes that no two people are
alike, and even with pure and natural ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is
unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other
indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.
Glyceryl laurate is a multifunctional ingredient in cosmetic formulation. It is a member of a group
of ingredients referred to as monoglycerides. Monoglycerides are prepared from glycerin; most are prepared
from fatty acids as well. Glyceryl laurate is produced from glycerin and lauric acid, which is made from
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