- 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.  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 . 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.
How Glyceryl Monostearate Is Made
Commercially, glyceryl monostearate is produced by combining mono-, di- and triglycerides of palmitic and stearic acid.
Glyceryl Monstearate Safety
The Environmental Working Group has provided glyceryl monostearate with a "1" ranking. Whole Foods has deemed the ingredient acceptable in its body care quality standards as a surfactant.