Vitamin E

The antioxidant powerhouse personal care ingredient

Quali-E: the lowest carbon footprint in the industry

The most widely used active ingredient in the beauty industry, Vitamin E has proven antioxidant effects, enhances moisturization and strengthens the skin barrier. Vitamin E helps to counteract the appearance of inflammation linked to oxidative processes through downregulation of its mediators. As one of the most powerful oil-soluble antioxidants and free-radical scavengers available today, Vitamin E plays a crucial role in oxidative regeneration of skin exposed to stressors. The Life Cycle Assessment1 (LCA) of vitamin E production has confirmed that the DSM production method generates up to 85% less particulate matter and uses up to 60% less non-renewable energy resulting in 74% potential CO2 saving (versus carbide and coal-based production) making DSM’s Quali E the most sustainable synthetic form on the market.

Make impact on sustainability tangible

Now customers who buy DSM’s sustainable Quali® E can evaluate its environmental impact for themselves, using a calculator developed by DSM for this purpose.

Enter the order amount (metric tons) of Quali-E you buy from DSM:

The lower carbon footprint translates to a saving of:

Tons of CO22:

Did you know that this saving is equivalent to the entire carbon sequestered by:

Tree seedlings grown for 10 years:

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1. Life cycle impact assessment (LCA) is a technique used to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages  of a product or process and its potential environmental impacts across the entire life cycle (creation, use, end-of-life) by modelling the complete system from which products are derived or in which processes and activities operates. DSM’s LCA is based on industry literature and DSM business intelligence.

2. vs. carbide and coal based technology 

Product Features

  • Vitamin E is available in several natural and synthetic forms for the personal care application:
    • The Vitamin E acetate forms, d-α-Tocopheryl Acetate and dl-α-Tocopheryl Acetate, are extremely stable in formulations and therefore the compounds of choice for cosmetic preparations with maximum vitamin efficacy. 
    • The tocopherol forms dl-α -Tocopherol and Mixed Tocopherols are mostly used to stabilize oxygen-sensitive ingredients in cosmetic formulations, to enhance the shelf-life of the formulation. 


  • Helps to protect beautiful and healthy-looking skin. 
  • Helps improving skin resilience induced by damages from urban pollutants. 
  • Helps to enhance skin sensation by soothing. 
  • Helps in skin softening & improves appearance of skin with acne and blemishes. 
  • Significantly strengthens the skin barrier, even with rinse-off products containing α-tocopherol in concentrations of less than 0.2%. 
Halal certified by HFCE (Halal Food Council of Europe)

Mode of Action

The protecting effects of Vitamin E are manifold and reported in many publications. But its central role is that of a strong antioxidant, capturing free oxygen radicals generated by exposure to UV-light or pollution and preventing damages.

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