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Vitamin E acetate’s primary function is as an antioxidant. It is also a well known skin conditioning
ingredient. This skin conditioning property makes it an ideal material for deodorant products for pre- and
post-shaving care of the underarm.
There are many antioxidants on the market. Besides vitamin E, another commonly used natural
antioxidant is vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Oxidative reactions are often catalyzed by metals; therefore
chelating agents (such as citric acid and phytic acid) may also be helpful antioxidants. There are many
synthetic antioxidants that Tom’s of Maine would not consider using since they do not meet our requirements of
being sourced in nature and minimally processed. These synthetics include propyl gallate, tertiary
butylhydroquinone, butylated hydroxyanisole, butylated hydroxytoluene or the chelating agent EDTA.
Vitamin E acetate is ingested as a dietary supplement by many people daily. It has been recognized by
the Food and Drug Administration as GRAS (generally recognized as safe). It is also commonly used as a food
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.
Vitamin E, or tocopherol, a fat-soluble vitamin, is a naturally occurring antioxidant which can be
isolated from vegetable oil. At Tom’s of Maine we use vitamin E acetate (tocopheryl acetate); it is a more
stable version of vitamin E that is typically used in cosmetic formulation. Also, vitamin E acetate is
frequently the source of vitamin E in dietary supplements.
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