Glyceryl Stearate Citrate



Glyceryl Stearate Citrate description

Glyceryl stearate citrate is an ester of citric acid and glyceryl stearate. Depending on the formula and how much is used, this ingredient can work as an emollient, emulsifier, or even a surfactant. Glyceryl stearate citrate is typically plant-derived, such as from vegetable oils, or synthetic (Paula's Choice uses the former), but depending on the supplier, the glyceryl stearate portion of this ingredient may be animal-derived. This ingredient has been evaluated for safety as used in cosmetics, and was deemed safe and non-sensitising.

Glyceryl Stearate Citrate references

  • International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 26, Supplement 3, May 2007, page 1

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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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