Cetearyl Olivate



Cetearyl Olivate description

An oily, somewhat waxy ester of cetearyl alcohol and the fatty acids from olive oil. Cetearyl olivate may be animal-derived, synthetic or derived from plants (Paula’s Choice uses the latter). It functions as an emulsifier and slip agent or texture enhancer. Cetearyl alcohol-based ingredients are considered safe for use on skin.

Cetearyl Olivate references

  • Journal of the American College of Toxicology, Volume 7, 1988, pages 403-407

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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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Not Rated