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Glycerol monostearate

Octadecanoic acid, monoester with 1,2,3-propanetriol

Glycerol monostearate
Glyceryl monostearate acts as a stabiliser for creams and emulsions. It increases the viscosity of the cream, thus having a stabilizing effect and preventing coalescence of oil globules
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Glycerol monostearate
Glycerol monostearate
Primary function
Co-emulsifier, emollient
Typical use level
As a co-emulsifier, it can be evaluated up to 5% w/w
Physical data

  • Appearance: white to cream-colored, wax-like
  • solid in the form of beads, flakes, or powder
  • HLB value: 3.8
  • Melting point 55 - 60°C

Benefits / Claims
Relatively high melting point aids in increasing high temperature storage stability of emulsions. Waxy to the touch and can thus impart emollience. Enhances sensoriality.
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