Glyceryl stearate

Glyceryl stearate creates an excellent emulsion and when used in combination with other emulsifiers, creates a stable lotion

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Glyceryl stearate

Glyceryl stearate is created by the esterification of glycerin and stearic acid. Glyceryl stearate creates an excellent emulsion and when used in combination with other emulsifiers, creates a stable lotion.


An interesting characteristic of glyceryl stearate is the ability to make the oils which are combined in the emulsion non greasy, so for example Sunflower can be combined, without adding greasiness to the final product, allowing creams and lotions to be produced which carry the properties of the oil without the greasiness.

Glyceryl stearate can be used to pearlise shower gel, shampoo and hand wash if added in combination with glycerine.

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Latin Name

Glyceryl stearate

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How to use

Heat the glyceryl stearate to 60c - 70c within the oil stage of your formulations. Ensure the glyceryl stearate is fully dissolved into your oil stage (use agitation if required) in order to minimise the risk of graininess in your final formulation.

Recommended Usage Level

0 - 6%

Maximum Usage Level


Products to Use in

  • Moisture Cream
  • Moisture Lotion
  • Body Butter
  • Cleanser
  • Face Mask
  • Skin Peels
  • Shower Gel
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner


At pure usage levels it can cause irritation to the skin.

When blending always take the following precautions:

  • Use gloves (disposable are ideal)
  • Take care when handling hot oils
  • Wear eye protection
  • Work in a well ventilated room
  • Keep ingredients and hot oils away from children
  • If ingested, seek immediate medical advice
  • If contact made with eyes, rinse immediately with clean warm water and seek medical advice if in any doubt.

Safety First

In addition to our precautions and general safety information, we always recommend keeping a first aid kit nearby. You are working with hot water and oils, accidents can happen, so always be prepared!

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All Skin Types
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Glyceryl stearate Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

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Glyceryl stearate Technical Data Sheet (TDS)

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Glyceryl stearate Certificate of Analysis (COA)

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Glyceryl stearate Allergens Declaration

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