Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters



Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters at a glance

  • Natural mixture of polyglycerin-3, candelilla wax, jojoba seed wax, and rice bran wax
  • Helps oil- + water-based ingredients stay blended together
  • Also plays a role in establishing stability of the formula
  • Deemed safe by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel

Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters description

Candelilla/jojoba/rice bran polyglyceryl-3 esters is a natural mixture of polyglycerin-3, candelilla wax, jojoba seed wax, and rice bran wax. It functions as a stabilizer and emulsifier in cosmetics. In other words, it helps oil + water emulsions to stay blended together to avoid separation in the formula and increase stability. It is known as a “transester” because the ingredient contains three different components that are chemically combined to create a new ingredient. Candelilla/jojoba/rice bran polyglyceryl-3 esters is sometimes combined with glyceryl stearate and sodium stearoyl lactylate. This blend is claimed to offer hydrating properties and form a “water cushion” sensorial experience within creams and lotions. In 2016, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel deemed candelilla/jojoba/rice bran polyglyceryl-3 esters to be safe in the present practices of cosmetic use and concentrations in their assessment (they surveyed products containing 0.5-2%).

Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters references

  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, November 2016, pages 1-99
  • Cosmetics Business, January 2007, ePublication

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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