Sucrose Stearate


Cleansing Agent

Sucrose Stearate description

The ester of stearic acid and sucrose (sugar), sucrose stearate works in cosmetics as an emollient, emulsifier, and cleansing agent. It can be animal-, plant-derived or synthetic, with the plant-derived version being most common. Sucrose stearate is considered safe as used in cosmetics and has been shown to help enhance the effectiveness of other ingredients.

Sucrose Stearate references

  • Cosmetic Ingredient Review, January 2017, pages 1-66
  • European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, September 2011, pages 58-67
  • Pharmaceutics, May 2011, pages 275-306

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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