What is Sodium Lactate

Sodium Lactate is found naturally in the stratum corneum of human skin. When manufactured, it is most often produced through the fermentation of a source of sugar — for example, beets or corn. The compound is subsequently derived by neutralizing the isolated lactic acid that results from the fermentation process.

  • Synonyms: 2 - Hydroxypropanoic Acid, Monosodium Salt, 2 - Hydroxypropanoic Acid, Sodium Salt, E 325, Lactic Acid, Sodium Salt, Propanoic Acid, 2 - Hydroxy -, Monosodium Salt, Sodium 2 – Hydroxypropanoate, Sodium L (+) Lactic Acid, Sodium Lactate, Sodium Salt of Lactic Acid
  • INCI: Sodium Lactate
  • Chemical formula: NaC3H5O3
  • CAS #: 72-17-3
  • Hazard: Adverse physicochemical, human health and environmental effects


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Product specifications

AppearanceClear light yellow liquid
SolubilitiesSoluble in water
Boiling point105-110oC
Molecular weight112 g/mol
Weight per gallon10.9215 lbs/gal
GradesIndustrial, ACS, USP, FG, NF Grade


Sodium Lactate uses include Acne Treatments, Anti Ageing Creams & Lotions, Antimicrobial, Baking, Bread, Buffer, Cake Mixes, Conditioners, Cosmetics, Cupcakes, Dialysis Solutions, Exfoliant Scrub, Eye Drops, Facial Cleaner, Hair Conditioner, Hand Creams, Humectant, Kidney Dialysis Solution, Masks Cosmetic, Meat Products, Moisturizing Cream Formulations, Poultry, Preservative, Shampoo, Shampoo Sulfate Free, Skin Care Products, Sunscreens - Water Resistant.

  • Food and Nutrition: Food and Nutrition: It is used as a food additivePersonal Care: It is used as a preservative enhancer, buffering agent, and a humectant moisturizer. It is used as a food additive.
  • Personal Care: It is used as a preservative enhancer, buffering agent, and a humectant moisturizer
  • Pharmaceutical: It is used for parenteral applications and other dialyses solutions. It acts as an electrolyte or alkalizing agent
  • Other: It has antimicrobial properties, humectant, produced by fermentation of sugar.

Quick Answers

Sodium lactate is a natural sodium salt of lactic acid. Its chemical formula is NaC3H5O3, and its CAS Number is 72-17-3. Its IUPAC name is sodium 2-hydroxypropanoate, and it may also be referred to as either sodium DL-lactate or lactic acid sodium salt. This compound is found naturally in the stratum corneum of human skin.

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