Know Your Ingredients: Palm Kernel Acid

by Gio

palm kernel acid

What it is
Palm Kernel Acid is a mixture of fatty acids derived from palm oil.

What it does
Palm Kernel Acid is a surfactant: it helps water mix with oil and dirt so they can be rinsed away.
It can also be used as an emulsifier: it prevents the oily and water parts of a formula from separating.
Finally, it adds opacity to soaps and cleansers.

Side effects
Palm Kernel Acid is generally considered to be safe.


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himanshi January 24, 2015 - 4:54 pm

This is helpful 🙂

Gio January 24, 2015 - 8:43 pm

Himanshi, glad to hear it. 🙂


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