Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate


Plant extracts

Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate at a glance

  • Known for delivering significant skin-soothing properties
  • Also functions as an antioxidant
  • Can be found in skin care and hair care formulations, as well as makeup products
  • Lends mattifying aesthetics and is sometimes used as a flavoring agent

Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate description

Stearyl glycyrrhetinate is known for delivering significant skin-soothing properties. It also functions as an antioxidant. This ingredient can be found in skin care and hair care formulations, as well as makeup products, where it lends mattifying aesthetics. It is sometimes used as a flavoring agent. Stearyl glycyrrhetinate is the fatty acid oil-soluble form of the soothing licorice root-derived ingredient glycyrrhetinic acid. It is typically used in amounts between 0.1-1%, which are considered safe.

Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate references

  • Dermatology and Therapy, February 2020, pages 87-98
  • Dermatology and Therapy, August 2019, pages 469-477
  • Journal of Cosmetic Science, October 2013, pages 341-353
  • Drug Discoveries and Therapeutics, June 2012, pages 157-162
  • International Journal of Toxicology, March 2007, pages 79-112
  • Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, December 2003, pages 5,345-5,352

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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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