Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate



No known benefits

Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate at a glance

  • Primarily used to keep oil and water phases of skin care blended
  • Helps soften and condition skin
  • Made from a derivative of glycerin and castor oil fatty acid
  • Is both plant-derived and synthetic

Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate description

Polyglyceryl-3 polyricinoleate is a synthetic and plant-derived emulsifier that also enhances product texture by creating a silkier feel. It’s made by combining polymers from glycerin with ricinoleic acid, one of the fatty acids found in castor seed oil. This helpful ingredient also softens and conditions skin and also has mild surfactant (cleansing) properties. It may be used on its own but is often found in blends with other polyglycerides, triglycerides, and/or oils. Some of these blends are more emollient and substantive than pure polyglyceryl-3 polyricinoleate. Usage levels of polyglyceryl-3 polyricinoleate hover between 1–3.5%. This range and lesser amounts are considered safe as used in cosmetics.

Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate references

  • Food Science and Biotechnology, February 2021, pages 267–276
  • Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, November 2018, pages 591–602
  • European Food Safety Authority, March 2017, 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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