Know Your Ingredients: Octyl Stearate

ethylhexyl stearate

What it is
Octyl Stearate, also called Ethylhexyl Stearate, is a yellow, oily substance.

What it does
Octyl Stearate is an emollient: it gives skin a soft and smooth appearance while preventing water loss.
In addition, it is also a thickening agent.

Side effects
Octyl Stearate could cause breakouts in some people.

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  1. says

    I didn’t realize ethylhexyl palmitate was the same thing as octyl stearate. I just checked my list of pore clogging ingredients, and I have both of those ingredients listed as a 5 out of 5 in terms of causing acne! I have most of my list memorized, but forgot about octyl stearate! If I use any ingredient that is a pore clogger, I breakout like crazy – but otherwise I’m fine.
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    • beautifulwithbrains says

      Jeni, ingredients have such long and complicated names that they aren’t always easy to remember. And when they have more than one name, it can get confusing. I’m sorry to hear those ingredients cause havoc on your skin but it’s good that you know what to avoid.

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