Glyceryl Laurate

What is it?

Glyceryl laurate, also known as monolaurin, is a monoester produced from vegetable-derived glycerin and lauric acid.

What does it do?

Glyceryl laurate is a multifunctional ingredient that can be used in skin conditioning and deodorant applications.

How is it made?

Our Stewardship Model guides us to select ingredients which have been processed in a manner that supports our philosophy of human and environmental health.

To create the glyceryl laurate ingredient, vegetable oils are split into the glycerin and fatty acids fractions. The glycerin is recovered and recombined with just the isolated lauric acid in a process known as esterification to for the glyceryl laurate monoester.

What are the alternatives?

Glyceryl Laurate provides a unique benefit of skin conditioning as well as deodorancy in our products. There are several naturally derived oils which can provide a skin conditioning benefit, but may not provide the deodorancy benefit.  In addition there are several deodorancy ingredient alternatives  to glyceryl laurate used in deodorant products.  Most notably we use Humulus Lupulus (Hops) in our deodorants in combination with glyceryl laurate for deodorancy.  Many other alternatives used for deodorancy  are synthetic and therefore do not meet our Stewardship Model standards for natural, responsible and sustainable.

Tom's of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.