Glycerol triacetate

INCI: Triacetin

What is Triacetin?

Glycerol triacetate, also known as triacetin, is an oil. It is synthesized triester of glycerol and acetic acid. It is however naturally available in butter, cod-liver oil and other fats as well.  It comes as colorless and odorless oil which is slightly soluble in water. It has a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status from FDA.

Use & Benefits

It is used as a solvent for fragrance, flavors, and for certain inks, it is used as a solubilizer. It is also used as a plasticizer, which gives the product texture that is smooth and appealing to the eye, without breaking a film. It is also a cosmetic biocide, i.e. It kills the bacteria that are thriving on skin or product and carries out antimicrobial actin. It is used in cosmetics, nail polish, nail enamel remover, and make-up.


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