Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate



Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate at a glance

  • Functions as an emulsifying agent and viscosity adjuster in skin care formulations
  • Imparts skin conditioning benefits
  • Also used as part of the blend dipentaerythrityl hexahydroxystearate/hexastearate/hexarosinate
  • Found in creams, lipsticks, hair conditioners, balms, gels, and other cosmetic products

Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate description

Dipentaerythrityl hexahydroxystearate offers various formulary functions in skin care products, including acting as an emulsifying agent and viscosity adjuster. It may also lend skin conditioning qualities. Dipentaerythrityl hexahydroxystearate is made from plants and synthetic components. It’s considered a “supporting” ingredient—not the star of the show but a contributor to the overall look and feel of cosmetic formulas. It can also be used part of an emollient blend (dipentaerythrityl hexahydroxystearate/hexastearate/hexarosinate) found in creams, lipsticks, hair conditioners, balms, gels, and other cosmetic products. This blend is touted as an alternative to wool-derived lanolin. There isn’t much independent research on this ingredient, but as it stands, there are no known concerns about its safety or irritancy potential when used in cosmetics in amounts less than 10%.

Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate references

  • PubChem.com, Accessed September 2022, ePublication
  • UL Prospector (supplier info), Accessed September 2022, ePublication
  • Handbook of Formulating Dermal Applications, 2017, page 527

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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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