Glyceryl Behenate



Glyceryl Behenate at a glance

  • Emollient formed by the combination of glycerin + behenic acid
  • Aids the integration of key ingredients into skin’s surface and imparts a smooth, soft feel
  • Can also function as an emulsifier and formulary texture enhancer
  • Also used as a thickening or gelling agent for oils or oil phases of emulsions
  • Proven track record of safety in cosmetic use

Glyceryl Behenate description

Glyceryl behenate is the monoester of glycerin and behenic acid. In cosmetic formulas, it’s used as an emollient and aids the integration of key ingredients into skin’s surface while helping to impart a smooth, soft feel. It can also function as an emulsifier and formulary texture enhancer. In its powdered form it can also serve as a compressing agent in pressed powder cosmetic products. Glyceryl behenate may be plant-derived or synthetic. It has a proven track record of safety in cosmetic use, which was most recently reaffirmed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel in 2020. Their report surveyed products containing 0.27-2.5% concentrations of glyceryl behenate.

Glyceryl Behenate references

  • International Journal of Toxicology, 2020, pages 93S-126S
  • Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications, June 2015, pages 62-72
  • Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology, February 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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