This version of vitamin E is D-alpha tocopheryl acetate. It is the type of vitamin E that is most often used as an anti-oxidant in carrier oils and oil based formulations. Though vitamin E is typically thought to be a preservative system, it really isn't. Antioxidants are used to slow down the breakdown of fats into smaller molecules, whereas a preservative is added to aquatic formulations to inhibit the growth of bacteria and mold. So in a lotion or cream formulation you would need both vitamin E and a water soluble preservative such as Linatural, in order to give your formulation a good long shelf life.
To help prolong the quality of your more expensive carrier oils, simply add a 1 to 2% addition of vitamin E acetate directly into the bottle and shake well. Not only will the oil now hold a more stable shelf life, but the topical benefits of vitamin E will be passed directly into your formulations.
This oil is clear, with a mild taste and typical vitamin E odor.