Retinyl palmitate

Retinyl palmitate, or vitamin A palmitate, is an ester of retinol and palmitic acid. It is commonly used as a source of vitamin A in dietary supplements and fortified foods, such as milk. Retinyl palmitate is considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a nutrient supplement in foods (21CFR184.1930) 1. It is also used as a skin conditioning agent in cosmetics and personal care products 2.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Food and Drug Administration. EAFUS: A Food Additive Database. 10-17-2008. 12-4-2008.
  2. International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook. Washington, D.C.: The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, 2006.