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Levulinic Acid & Sodium Levulinate

What is Levulinic Acid?

Levulinic acid is a renewable, bio-based acid, usually from corn, which helps to condition and soften skin, as well as act as a preservative of the product itself.

What is Sodium Levulinate?

Sodium levulinate is the salt of levulinic acid, often used as a preservative in place of benzoic or sorbic acids.

Where does levulinic acid come from and how is it made?

It is derived from the oxidation of simple sugars (glucose or fructose), most commonly from corn derived cellulose.

What will levulinic acid do for your skin?

Levulinic Acid conditions and softens skin. It acts as a mild preservative with good antibacterial properties without altering the structure and pH of other ingredients in the product. Sodium levulinate is most often used as a preservative, although this is more common in food products than cosmetics.

INCI Name

Levulinic Acid

Allergens

Cellulose

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Sources

Winter, Ruth. A Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, 7th Edition. Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale. 

https://www.truthinaging.com/ingredients/sodium-levulinate

https://www.aimspress.com/article/10.3934/energy.2019.2.165 

http://www.gfbiochemicals.com/_media/Document/2017/4/26/Data%20Sheet%20Personal%20care%20Two%20page%20Low%20Quality.pdf

https://www.freshlycosmetics.com/en/glossary-of-ingredients/levulinic-acid

https://www.paulaschoice.com/ingredient-dictionary/skin-softening/sodium-levulinate.html

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