Polyglyceryl-6 Laurate



No known benefits

Polyglyceryl-6 Laurate at a glance

  • Used for its emulsification properties
  • Allows oil and water to mix and stay blended in cosmetic formulas
  • Improves skin care products’ texture
  • Formed through the esterification of polyglycerol-6 and lauric acid

Polyglyceryl-6 Laurate description

Polyglyceryl-6 laurate is an emulsifier used in skin care and cosmetic formulations to help mix oil- and water-based ingredients in formulas. By aiding an emulsion, this ingredient helps create smooth, uniform textures in skin care products, preventing separation of the oil and water phases. Without emulsifiers, skin care products would have irregular textures. This hard-working emulsifier is created through the esterification of polyglyceryl-6 and lauric acid, a fatty acid often found in coconut oil and other natural fats. It’s both plant-derived and synthetic. When reviewing polyglyceryl fatty acid esters, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel found polyglyceryl-6 laurate safe for use in cosmetics dependent upon use that aligned with present polyglyceryl fatty acid ester practices. It’s often used in blends with other emulsifiers or to help solubilize certain antioxidants, such as resveratrol and glutathione. On its own, usage levels of polyglyceryl-6 laurate range from 1–5%.

Polyglyceryl-6 Laurate references

  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, July 2021, pages 530-546
  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, November 2016, 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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