Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate



Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate at a glance

  • Versatile emollient and emulsifier
  • Also has dispersing and texture-enhancing properties
  • May be plant-derived or synthetic
  • Considered safe as used in cosmetics

Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate description

Polyglyceryl-6 polyrincioleate is a polymeric ester (polyester) made from a blend of castor oil and the humectant polyglycerin-6. It offers emollient and emulsifying properties in cosmetics, which helps keep products with unlike ingredients (think oil and water) from separating. This ingredient has aesthetic benefits, too: along with a smooth, lubricating feel it also adds cushion and improves spreadability of lotions and creams. It also helps keep pigments and other ingredients properly dispersed in formulas. Usage levels of polyglyceryl-6 polyricinoleate range from 0.25–2%, with amounts up to 10% being used when this ingredient is part of a blend with similar ingredients. It may be plant-derived or synthetic and is considered safe and non-irritating as used in cosmetics.

Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate references

  • Nanomaterials, January 2021, pages 1–22
  • Journal of Cosmetic Science, January/February 2017, pages 42–47
  • Food and Chemical Toxicology, September/October 1998, pages 743–745

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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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