EWG level: 1
This is a class of naturally occurring chemical compounds related to Vitamin E. Small amounts of vitamin E can have antioxidant effects without the risk of the contact dermatitis that high amounts present. In that sense, vitamin E can be a helpful addition to skin-healing products. When isolated Tocopherol, is a viscous oil that varies in color from yellow to brownish red. Rather than Tocopherol itself, esters of Tocopherol are often used in cosmetic and personal care products. Tocopherol, a fat-soluble vitamin, is found in vegetable fats and oils, dairy products, meat, eggs, cereals, nuts, and leafy green and yellow vegetables. It is usually present in these foods as mixtures of different forms: alpha-, beta-, gamma-, and delta-Tocopherol. The alpha form has the same biological activity as vitamin E.Tocopherols can be produced from vegetable oils or can be synthesized. Tocopherol Acetate, made by the esterification of Tocopherol with acetic acid, is frequently the source of vitamin E in dietary supplements.
Its functions are: Antioxidant; Fragrance Ingredient; Skin-Conditioning Agent – Miscellaneous;Skin-Conditioning Agent – Occlusive
Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food (FDA Everything Added to Food)
Ecological not Concerns, “Suspected to be an environmental toxin” (Environment Canada Domestic Substance List)