Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate

Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate

  • INCI Name:         Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
  • Chemical Name: 2-ethylhexyl 3-(4-methoxyphenyl)prop-2-enoate
  • CAS No:              5466-77-3

What is Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate?

  • It also known as Octinoxate, is one of the safest and widely used UV B filter, which have been associated with sunburn and skin cancer, thus protecting the skin.
  • Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, offers absorption of UV B radiation from 290 to 320 nm, used as a sun-protection agent that works on UV-B rays of the Sun and prevents skin damage.
  • Also used in cosmetics and personal care products to keep the other ingredients fresh and effective, help the skin to absorb other ingredients.

Feature of Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate

  • Oil soluble. It dissolves in oil, which makes it a fat-seeking substance in the body.
  • Good compatibility. It can easily be dispersed into oil phase of anemulsion, is compatible with most cosmetic material and can be emulsified either hot or cold, depending upon the emulsifier.
  • Wide application. It is ideal for use in sun-care and skin-care products for everyday protection.

Dosage of Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate

  • The maximum concentration in ready-for-use products is 7.5% in the United States (U.S.) and 10% in the European Union (E.U.).

Uses & Applications

Personal care

  • An ultraviolet (UV) protection agent commonly used in sunscreens, face foundations, and lip care products, nail polish, skin creams, etc.
  • In products other than sunscreens, it is used as a UV filter to protect the products from degrading when exposed to the sun.

Product Details






Colorless or light yellow liquid


Very weak, characteristic


Soluble most organic solvent, insoluble in water


No more than 0.8ml of 0.1N NaOH consumed

Acid value

≤1.0mg KOH/g

Refractive index


Specific gravity


Peroxide Value

1.0mg/kg Max.

Color (Hazen)

70 Max

A 1%/1cm (310nm in ethanol)

850 Min



Purity (GC)

98% Min

Individual impurity

0.5g/100g Max.

Total impurities

2.0g/100g Max.

Saponification value

189 Min.

Shelf Life

24 months

Download Data Sheet

Technical Data Sheet –Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate

Material Safety Data Sheet–Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate

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