Dipentaerythrityl Tetrabehenate/Polyhydroxystearate


Texture enhancer

Dipentaerythrityl Tetrabehenate/Polyhydroxystearate at a glance

  • Made by combining two fatty acids and a humectant
  • May be plant-derived or synthetic
  • Binds moisture to skin
  • Enhances application of skin care due to its slip-modifying properties

Dipentaerythrityl Tetrabehenate/Polyhydroxystearate description

Dipentaerythrityl tetrabehenate/polyhydroxystearate is an ester made by combining the fatty acids behenic and polyhydroxystearic with a portion of a synthetic humectant ingredient known as pentaerythritol. This combination yields an ingredient that adds substantivity to skin care, helps bind moisture, and improves application. Behenic acid is a component of skin’s sebum (oil) while polyhydroxystearic acid has texture-enhancing and ingredient-dispersing properties to contribute. This odorless, tasteless ingredient is sometimes used as a replacement for animal-derived lanolin in lipsticks and lip glosses, where its typical usage level ranges from 5-10% depending on desired aesthetics. Lower amounts may also be used, again depending on aesthetics and performance standards around moisture.

Dipentaerythrityl Tetrabehenate/Polyhydroxystearate references

  • British Journal of Dermatology, February 2012, pages 279-287

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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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