What is it?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 vegetable oils.
What does it do?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.
What are the alternatives?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.
What are the risks?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.
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