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INCI Name: C12-13 Alkyl Lactate
Functions: Dispersant, Surfactant (Nonionic), Moisturizing Agent, Viscosity Modifier, Emollient, Wetting Agent, Surfactant
Labeling Claims: Pesticide-free, Antioxidants-free, Preservative-free, Ulta Beauty's Conscious Beauty
Benefit Claims: Improved Thickness, Moisturizing, De-Odorizing, Emolliency, Dispersing, Good Wetting Properties, Anti-Irritant
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Identification & Functionality

COSMACOL ELI Features & Benefits

Applications & Uses

Recommended Uses & Known Applications
  • COSMACOL ELI is a polar emollient used in personal cleansing and skin care formulations.
  • COSMACOL ELI has moisturizing and mild keratolytic effect, used in skin care formulations with different types of skin, from dry to greasy and for delicate and atopic skins.
  • COSMACOL ELI is a thickening agent in combination with SLES-Betaine system with anti-irritant properties, mainly used in personal care formulations.
  • COSMACOL ELI is a mild body odor reducing agent which allows to lower the amount of actives in antiperspirants and deodorants.
  • COSMACOL ELI is used as wetting and dispersing agent in make-up.


Physical Form
Clear liquid
Insoluble in
Typical Properties
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Esters puritymin. 88% massRCM 1111
Free Water (Karl Fischer)max. 0.5% massRCM 3804
Refractive Index at 20°C1.445-ASTM D1218
Viscosity at 20°C21cStASTM D4052, ASTM D7042
Colormax. 50APHARCM 3607
Iodine Numbermax. 1g/100g600-39
Flash Pointmin. 125°CASTM D 93
Acid Numbermax. 3mg KOH/gRCM 3817
Pour Pointapprox. -55°CASTM D97
HLB Required11-Calculated
Free Alcoholmax. 12% massRCM 1111
Density at 20°C923kg/m3ASTM D7042, ASTM D4052
Microbiological Values
ValueUnitsTest Method / Conditions
Total Yeasts/Moulds Countmax. 10CFU/gEu.Ph. 5.1.4
Total Aerobic Microbial Countmax. 100CFU/gEu.Ph. 5.1.4

Packaging & Availability

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Packaging Information

COSMACOL ELI is generally supplied in drums, 25 and 190 kg drums; 900 kg IBC.

Storage & Handling

Shelf Life
24 months
Storage and Handling
  • It is suggested to keep COSMACOL ELI at temperature below 30°C, it is preferable to protect from heating and moisture sources in order to minimize hydrolysis phenomena.
  • COSMACOL ELI is a clear liquid at room temperature it becomes a solid wax at temperature lower than - 55°C.
  • At room temperature COSMACOL ELI is not water soluble.
  • Shelf-life is 24 months from production date for product in its original and sealed packaging.