Isopropyl myristate

Isopropyl myristate[1]
CAS number 110-27-0 YesY
EC number 203-751-4
RTECS number XB8600000
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Molecular formula C17H34O2
Molar mass 270.451 g/mol
Density 0.85 g/cm³, liquid
Boiling point

167 °C (9 mmHg)

R-phrases R38
S-phrases S24/25
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
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Isopropyl myristate is the ester of isopropanol and myristic acid.


Isopropyl myristate is used in cosmetic and topical medicinal preparations where good absorption through the skin is desired. It is also used as a pesticide-free treatment against head lice which works by dissolving the wax that covers the exoskeleton of head lice, killing them by dehydration.[2]

It is also the non-aqueous component of the two-phase mouthwash, Dentyl pH, where it removes bacteria from the oral cavity.

Isopropyl myristate has been shown to show a comedogenic and irritability to users with acne-prone skin.[3][unreliable source?]


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  • Record in the Household Products Database of NLM

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