Cetearyl Glucoside



No known benefits

Cetearyl Glucoside at a glance

  • Blend of cetearyl alcohol and glucose that functions primarily as an emulsifier in cosmetics
  • Can also be used to enhance formulary texture and deliver softening properties for skin
  • Ivory-coloured pellets in raw material form
  • May be derived naturally or made synthetically

Cetearyl Glucoside description

Cetearyl glucoside is a blend of cetearyl alcohol and glucose that functions primarily as an emulsifier in cosmetic formulas. It can be derived naturally or synthetically. In addition to the emulsifying properties, cetearyl glucoside can also be used to enhance formulary texture and lend skin-softening emollience. Suppliers of this ingredient describe it as ivory-coloured pellets in raw material form. Cetearyl glucoside has a proven track record of safety in cosmetic use, including a seal of approval from the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel. Their assessment looked at products using up to 3% concentration, although lower amounts (around 1%) are typically what’s used to form an emulsion.

Cetearyl Glucoside references

  • Parchem.com, Accessed October 2021, ePublication
  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, January 2014, pages 79-87
  • International Journal of Toxicology, 2013, pages 22S-48S
  • Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, June 2009, pages 2,073-2,090
  • Colloid Polymer Science, September 2004, pages 439-451

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

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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