IPM - Isopropyl Myristate


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Isopropyl Myristate - IPM

iso-Propyl Tetradecanoate

Isopropyl myristate, also commonly known as IPM is a clear, light yellow liquid which oily in appearance and virtually odourless. It is soluble in most solvents but considered insoluble in water. IPM is manufactured by the esterification of isopropyl alcohol with myristic acid (a fatty acid found in coconut oil and other natural sources).

It is commonly used in various industries, particularly in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, due to its beneficial properties.


  1. Emollient: Helps to soften and smooth the skin.
  2. Penetration Enhancer: Facilitates the absorption of other ingredients through the skin.
  3. Non-Greasy Feel: Provides a lightweight and non-oily texture to formulations.
  4. Solvent: Can dissolve certain ingredients, improving the formulation and stability of products.


  1. Cosmetics:

    • Moisturizers and Lotions: Enhances skin feel and spreadability.
    • Hair Care Products: Used in conditioners and treatments to improve texture.
    • Makeup: Incorporated into foundations, powders, and lip products for a smooth application.
  2. Pharmaceuticals:

    • Topical Medications: Enhances the delivery of active ingredients through the skin.
    • Ointments and Creams: Improves consistency and application.
  3. Personal Care:

    • Deodorants: Acts as a solvent and carrier for active ingredients.
    • Sunscreens: Helps distribute UV filters evenly.
  4. Other Uses:

    • Industrial Applications: Used as a lubricant and in the formulation of various industrial products.

Functions in Perfumery:

  1. Carrier and Solvent: IPM can act as a carrier or solvent for fragrance oils, helping to dissolve and distribute the aromatic compounds evenly in the formulation.
  2. Improved Absorption: It helps in enhancing the absorption of the fragrance into the skin, making the scent more pronounced and long-lasting.
  3. Non-Greasy Feel: It imparts a lightweight, non-greasy feel, which is desirable for perfumery products applied directly to the skin.
  4. Stabilization: IPM can help stabilize the fragrance formulation, maintaining its integrity and preventing separation of components.

Applications in Perfumery:

  1. Perfume Oils: Used as a diluent in perfume oils to make the fragrance more spreadable without altering its scent profile significantly.
  2. Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum: Helps in the formulation of these products by ensuring a smooth application and enhanced fragrance delivery.
  3. Solid Perfumes: Can be used in solid perfume formulations to improve texture and ease of application.
  4. Body Sprays and Mists: Included to enhance the feel and performance of the product when sprayed onto the skin.


  • Enhances Fragrance Longevity: By improving the absorption into the skin, IPM can help fragrances last longer.
  • Improves Skin Feel: Ensures that the product feels pleasant and non-oily upon application.
  • Versatile Solvent: Can dissolve a wide range of fragrance oils, making it a flexible ingredient for perfumers.


Properties of isopropyl myristate:

  • Cas No: 110-27-0
  • EINECS No: 203-751-4
  • Molecular formula: CH3(CH2)12COOC­H(CH3)2
  • Appearance: Light yellow / clear oily liquid
  • Other names: Tetradecanoic acid, 1-methylethyl ester; Myristic acid isopropyl ester: IPM; propan-2-yl tetradecanoate; Estergel;
  • Molecular weight: 270.46
  • Acid value: 0.5 max
  • Specific gravity: 0.85
  • Melting Point: 3-5 oC
  • Boiling Point: 167 oC
  • Flash Point: 152 oC
  • Heavy metal: 0.0005% max
  • Insoluble in: Water.
  • Soluble in: Most organic solvents
  • Refractive index: 1.44
  • Vapour pressure: 9.35X10-5 mm Hg at 25 C

Soluble in castor oil, cottonseed oil, acetone, benzene, ether, chloroform, ethyl acetate, ethanol, toluene, and mineral oil; Dissolves many waxes, cholesterol, lanolin. It is practically insoluble in glycerol and propylene glycol

Health & safety

Not a hazardous substance or mixture according to Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008. This substance is not classified as dangerous according to Directive 67/548/EEC.


PLEASE NOTE: This product is not for human or animal consumption.


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