Glyceryl laurate

Glyceryl laurate
Glyceryl laurate
CAS number 27215-38-9 YesY
PubChem 14871
ChemSpider 14181 YesY
UNII Y98611C087 YesY
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Molecular formula C15H30O4
Molar mass 274.40 g/mol
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Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
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Glyceryl laurate, also glycerol monolaurate or monolaurin, is a monoglyceride surfactant. It is the mono-ester formed from glycerol and lauric acid. Its chemical formula is C15H30O4.

It is most commonly used in deodorants.

In the human system, lauric acid is converted into monolaurin. Monolaurin is found in coconut oil and human breast milk.[1] It may be useful in the prevention and treatment of bacterial infection[2] or generally as a microbicide.[3]


See also


  1. ^ Hegde, BM (2006). "View Point: Coconut Oil – Ideal Fat next only to Mother's Milk (Scanning Coconut's Horoscope)" (pdf). JIACM 7: 16–19. 
  2. ^ Preuss, HG; Echard, B; Enig, M; Brook, I; Elliott, TB (2005). "Minimum inhibitory concentrations of herbal essential oils and monolaurin for gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria". Molecular and cellular biochemistry 272 (1-2): 29–34. PMID 16010969.  edit
  3. ^ Isaacs, CE (2001). "The antimicrobial function of milk lipids". Advances in nutritional research 10: 271–85. PMID 11795045.  edit

Further reading

  • Lieberman, Shari, Mary G. Enig, Harry G. Preuss. (December 2006). A Review of Monolaurin and Lauric Acid: Natural Virucidal and Bactericidal Agents. Alternative and Complementary Therapies 12 (6): 310-314. doi:10.1089/act.2006.12.310

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