What it is
Glyceryl Stearate (also called Glyceryl Monostearate) is a white or cream-coloured solid made from glycerin and stearic acid (a fatty acid obtained from animal and vegetable fats and oils).
What it does
Glyceryl Stearate is a skin conditioning agent. It forms a barrier on the skin’s surface, thus reducing water loss. It softens and moisturizes skin and hair.
In addition, Glyceryl Stearate acts as a solvent, helps form emulsions and stabilize a product as well as preventing it from forming surface crusts.
Glyceryl Stearate is a very mild irritant and can cause allergic reactions.