- This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products intended for use around the eyes due to increased risk of absorption.
- Products with this ingredient are allowed for use in EWG VERIFIED but must meet use restrictions and warnings based on EWG review of company data.
- This ingredient’s score is higher if used in products that are inhalable (e.g., sprays, powders) because of respiratory concerns.
- Products with the EWG VERIFIED mark have met the program’s impurity restrictions based on EWG review of company data.
Other ConcernsEnhanced skin absorption, Use restrictions (moderate), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate), and Contamination concerns (high)
SYNONYMS1-MONODODECANOYLGLYCEROL, 1-MONOLAURIN, 2,3-DIHYDROXYPROPYL ESTER DODECANOIC ACID, 2,3-DIHYDROXYPROPYL LAURATE, DODECANOIC ACID, 2,3-DIHYDROXYPROPYL ESTER, DODECANOIC ACID, 2,3DIHYDROXYPROPYL ESTER, GLYCERIN 1-MONOLAURATE, GLYCEROL 1-LAURATE, GLYCERYL LAURATE, GLYCERYL MONOLAURATE, LAURIC ACID 1-MONOGLYCERIDE, and MONOESTER WITH 1,2,3-PROPANETRIOL DODECANOIC ACID
This ingredient is not currently on EWG's Restricted or Unacceptable Lists.
Glyceryl Laurate is a monoester of glycerin and lauric acid.
See how this product scores for common concerns.
LOWAllergies & Immunotoxicity
LOWDevelopmental and Reproductive Toxicity
- DATA SOURCES
Products with this Ingredient
|facial moisturizer/treatment||24 products|
|facial cleanser||15 products|
|around-eye cream||6 products|
|liquid hand soap||6 products|
|serums & essences||4 products|
|antiperspirant/deodorant (men's)||4 products|
|makeup remover||3 products|
|daily use with SPF||3 products|
|body wash/cleanser||2 products|
|lip balm||2 products|
|hair styling aide||1 products|
|shaving cream (men's)||1 products|
|foot moisturizer||1 products|
|body firming lotion||1 products|
|after shave||1 products|
Enhanced skin absorption
|Penetration enhancer||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
|Human any irritant - strong evidence||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|Recommended restricted in cosmetics - use, concentration, or manufacturing restrictions - Product type restrictions or differences noted in safety assessment by industry panel||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|Risk assessment method deficiencies and data gaps - Maximum reported "as used" concentration is basis of safety assessment by industry safety panel (Cosmetic Ingredient Review, CIR) - implicit safe concentration limit in product||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|Safety assessment was based on related chemical||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
|100 studies in PubMed science library may include information on the toxicity of this chemical||NLM PubMed|
|Not suspected to be an environmental toxin||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
|Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
Persistence and bioaccumulation
|Not suspected to be persistent||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Not suspected to be bioaccumulative||Environment Canada Domestic Substance List|
|Industry or government recommendations for safe use: restrictions on concentration, impurities, product types, or manufacturing methods - any||Cosmetic Ingredient Review Assessments|
- CIR (Cosmetic Ingredient Review). 2006. CIR Compendium, containing abstracts, discussions, and conclusions of CIR cosmetic ingredient safety assessments. Washington DC.
- NLM (National Library of Medicine). 2012. PubMed online scientific bibliography data. http://www.pubmed.gov.
- EC (Environment Canada). 2008. Domestic Substances List Categorization. Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) Environmental Registry.
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