Polyglyceryl-4 Olivate



No known benefits

Polyglyceryl-4 Olivate at a glance

  • Multitalented ingredient that can work as an emulsifier, stabilizer, emollient, and cleansing agent
  • The olive oil portion of this ingredient is a beneficial source of fatty acids and antioxidants
  • Touted for exceptional spreadability combined with fast absorption and a cushiony, silky after feel
  • Considered non-sensitizing and safe for use in cosmetics

Polyglyceryl-4 Olivate description

Polyglyceryl-4 olivate is the plant-derived or synthetic (Paula's Choice uses the former) ester of olive oil and polyglycerin, which is, as the name implies, a polymer made from glycerine. It's a multitalented ingredient that in cosmetics can work as an emulsifier, stabilizer, emollient, and even a surfactant (cleansing agent). Polyglyceryl-4 olivate is considered non-sensitizing and is safe for use in cosmetics. The olive oil portion is a good source of beneficial fatty acids and phenolic compounds which work as antioxidants.

Polyglyceryl-4 Olivate references

  • CosmeticsDesign.com, Accessed October 2021, ePublication
  • https://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Headlines/Promotional-Features/Can-advanced-technology-overcome-W-O-emulsions-biggest-challenges
  • International Journal of Molecular Sciences, December 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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Not Rated