Glycol Distearate


Occlusive-opacifying agent

No known benefits

Glycol Distearate at a glance

  • Plays various roles in personal care products, including opacifying and skin-conditioning agent
  • May also be used as a viscosity increasing agent to enhance a formula’s texture
  • Popular in hair care, as well as bubble baths, facial cleansers, makeup, and nail products
  • White to cream-colored waxy solid in its raw material form

Glycol Distearate description

Glycol distearate is a versatile ingredient that plays various roles in skin care formulations and other personal care products. Reported functions include: opacifying agent, skin-conditioning occlusive, and viscosity increasing agent (texture enhancer). This ingredient is particularly popular in hair care, as well as bubble baths, facial cleansers, makeup, and nail products. Glycol distearate is the diester of ethylene glycol and stearic acid (fatty acid). It is described as a white to cream-colored waxy solid in its raw material form. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel has conducted several assessments of glycol distearate over the years, reaffirming its safe use in cosmetics. Their most recent report (in 2017) looked at products containing up to 13.1%.

Glycol Distearate references

  •, Accessed October 2021, ePublication
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, November 2017, pages 1-48

Peer-reviewed, substantiated scientific research is used to assess ingredients in this dictionary. Regulations regarding constraints, permitted concentration levels and availability vary by country and region.

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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