What Is It?

Sucrose, or table sugar, is a disaccharide commonly found in food. In cosmetics and personal care products, Sucrose is used in the formulation of many types of products including bath products, soaps and detergents, body and hand preparations, cleansing products, depilatories, eye makeup, foundations, hair care products, oral hygiene products and suntan products.

Why Is It Used?

Sucrose functions as a flavoring agent and as a humectant.

Scientific Facts

Sucrose is obtained by crystallization from sugar cane or sugar beet juice that has been extracted by pressing or diffusion, then clarified and evaporated.

Safety Information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) includes Sucrose on its list of substances affirmed as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for direct addition to food. When included in food, the FDA requires that Sucrose be listed on the label as sugar.

FDA: Link to Code of Federal Regulations for Sucrose

Sucrose may be used in cosmetics and personal care products marketed in Europe according to the general provisions of the Cosmetics Regulation of the European Union.

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