Polyglyceryl-6 Oleate



No known benefits

Polyglyceryl-6 Oleate at a glance

  • The ester of oleic acid and humectant polyglycerin-6
  • Versatile performance as an emollient, surfactant and emulsifier
  • Works in both water- and oil-based formulas
  • May be animal- or plant-derived or synthetic

Polyglyceryl-6 Oleate description

Polyglyceryl-6 oleate is a versatile ingredient whose emollient properties provide hydration and also assist with cleansing. It’s made from an ester of the fatty acid oleic acid combined with a polymer of glycerin known as polyglycerin-6. Being made from both water- and oil-soluble ingredients, allows it to work in different types of emulsions. It is most often used to assist other emulsifiers and surfactants and is noted for its hydrating abilities. Polyglyceryl-6 oleate’s safety has been evaluated although as of this writing a final safety assessment hasn’t been issued. Usage levels in cosmetics range from 1–5% whether the product is meant to be left on skin or rinsed. This ingredient may be animal or plant-derived or also made synthetically. Paula’s Choice Skincare uses the plant-derived form.

Polyglyceryl-6 Oleate references

  • International Journal of Cosmetic Science, February 2011, pages 1–16
  • https://www.cir-safety.org/sites/default/files/Polyglyceryl%20fatty%20acid_CIR.pdf

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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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