glyceryl monostearate

Glyceryl Monostearate

What is glyceryl monostearate and how is it used in cosmetics? Discover more about common glyceryl monostearate uses in skin care (and more).
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  • Derived from: coconut
  • Pronunciation: (\ˈglis-rəl\ˈmä-(ˌ)nō-stē-ə-ˌrāt\)
  • Type: Naturally-derived
  • Other names: Glyceryl 1-stearate, GMS

What Is Glyceryl Monostearate?

Glyceryl monostearate (GMS) is a waxy, powdery, or flaky ingredient. [1] In the cosmetics industry, it is derived from vegetable oils though it is naturally found in the human body and fatty foods [1,2]

What Does Glyceryl Monostearate Do?

Glyceryl monostearate is often used as an emulsifier to stabilize products and prevent separation [2]. It is found in dozens of personal care products such as moisturizers, eye cream, sunscreen, makeup, and hand cream.[3,4] Glyceryl monostearate is also used as a preservative agent.[1]

How Glyceryl Monostearate Is Made

Commercially, glyceryl monostearate is produced by combining mono-, di- and triglycerides of palmitic and stearic acid.[1]

Glyceryl Monstearate Safety

The Environmental Working Group has provided glyceryl monostearate with a "1" ranking.[3] Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care quality standards as a surfactant.[5]


[1] National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
[3] Environmental Working Group
[5] Whole Foods Body Care Standards

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