PEG-75 Shea Butter Glycerides



PEG-75 Shea Butter Glycerides at a glance

  • Made partly from the hydrating glyceride portion of emollient shea butter
  • Lightweight humectant and helps bind ingredients in a formula
  • Works with surfactants to boost gentle cleansing
  • Leaves skin feeling soft and supple

PEG-75 Shea Butter Glycerides description

PEG-75 shea butter glycerides is a skin-softening and mild cleansing/stabilising ingredient derived from glycerides (fatty acids) taken from shea butter and a lightweight polyethylene glycol that has humectant properties. It is sometimes used in cleansing formulas to produce a more substantive texture. An added bonus is that the shea butter components reduce the potential risk of irritation from cleansing agents. The typical usage range for PEG-75 shea butter glycerides in cosmetics is 0.01–1%. These amounts are deemed safe as used in rinse-off and/or leave-on products for skin and hair. PEG compounds are also cleared for safe internal use by people, as they’re standard ingredients in many medications.

PEG-75 Shea Butter Glycerides references

  • Polymers, Volume 12, February 2020, pages 1–21
  • Toxicological Research, June 2015, pages 105–136
  • Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, November 2015, pages 673–686
  • British Journal of Dermatology, February 1996, pages 215–220

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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