Tocopherols, along with tocotrienols, are organic compounds collectively known as vitamin E. Natural tocopherols exist as a mixture of d-alpha-, d-beta-, d-gamma- and d-delta-isoforms, each having antioxidant activities 1. Tocopherols are present in many foods, such as vegetable oils, nuts and grains. They are considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in foods (21CFR182.3890) 2.

In cosmetics and personal care products, tocopherol is used as a skin conditioning agent that slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface 3. According to the Cosmetic Ingredients Review (an independent committee established by the Personal Care Products Council, an industry trade association that thoroughly reviews and assesses the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics), tocopherol is safe to use in the amounts present in our products 4.

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


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  2. Food and Drug Administration. EAFUS: A Food Additive Database. 10-17-2008. 12-4-2008.
  3. International Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary and Handbook. Washington, D.C.: The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, 2006.
  4. Cosmetic Ingredient Review. Cosmetic Ingredients Reference Table. 7-31-2008.