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Lauric Acid

    Synonyms: C-1297; dodecanoic acid; dodecoic acid; duodecylic acid; ndodecanoic acid; Hydrofol acid 1255; Hydrofol acid 1295; Hystrene 9512; laurostearic acid; Neo-fat 12; Neo-fat 12–43; Ninol AA62 Extra; 1-undecanecarboxylic acid; vulvic acid; Wecoline 1295.

    Description: Lauric acid occurs as a white crystalline powder with a slight odor of bay oil.

    Chemical Name: Dodecanoic acid

    Emulsifying agent; food additive; lubricant; surfactant.

    • Lauric acid is widely used in cosmetics and food products. In pharmaceutical applications it has also been examined for use as an enhancer for topical penetration and transdermal absorption, rectal absorption, buccal delivery, and intestinal absorption.

    • It is also useful for stabilizing oil-in-water emulsions.

    • Lauric acid has also been evaluated for use in aerosol formulations.

    Lauric acid is incompatible with strong bases, reducing agents, and oxidizing agents.

    Lauric acid is widely used in cosmetic preparations, in the manufacture of food-grade additives, and in pharmaceutical formulations. General exposure to lauric acid occurs through the consumption of food and through dermal contact with cosmetics, soaps, and detergent products. Lauric acid is toxic when administered intravenously

    Observe normal precautions appropriate to the circumstances and quantity of material handled. No occupational exposure limits have been established. Under conditions of frequent use or heavy exposure, respiratory protection may be required. When heated, lauric acid emits an acrid smoke and irritating fumes; therefore, use in a well-ventilated area is recommended.

    Capric acid; myristic acid; palmitic acid; sodium laurate; stearic acid.