|Preferred IUPAC name
Tetradecanoic acid, 1-methylethyl ester
Myristic acid isopropyl ester
3D model (JSmol)
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
|Molar mass||270.457 g·mol−1|
|Boiling point||167 °C (333 °F; 440 K) at 9 mmHg|
|NFPA 704 (fire diamond)|
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
|what is ?)(|
Isopropyl myristate is a polar emollient and is used in cosmetic and topical medicinal preparations where good absorption into the skin is desired. Isopropyl myristate is being studied as a skin enhancer. It is also used as a pesticide against head lice which works by dissolving the wax that covers the exoskeleton of head lice, killing them by dehydration. It is used in the same way in flea and tick killing products for pets.
Isopropyl myristate is also used as a solvent in perfume materials, and in the removal process of prosthetic make-up.
- MSDS for isopropyl myristate
- Anti-Lice Treatments
- Wen, Z.; Fang, L. and He, Z. (2009). Effect of chemical enhancers on percutaneous absorption of daphnetin in isopropyl myristate vehicle across rat skin in vitro. Drug Deliv, 16: 214-223
- Engelbrecht, T.; Demé, B.; Dobner, B. and Neubert, R. (2012). Study of the influence of the penetration enhancer isopropyl myristate on the nanostructure of stratum corneum lipid model membranes using neutron diffraction and deuterium labelling. Skin Pharmacol Physiol, 25:200-7