Ethylhexyl Stearate

A palm-derived emollient ester with good lubricity that leaves a smooth after-feel on the skin.
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Ethylhexyl Stearate

Overview

Ethylhexyl stearate is a palm-derived emollient ester. Similar in aesthetic properties to the frequently used ingredient isopropyl myristate, this dry emollient imparts a smooth skin feel and good lubricity.

As an emollient, ethylhexyl stearate functions by making the skin appear softer and smoother by filling in microcracks in the surface of the skin. This trait is not to be mistaken for providing moisturization, which can only be done by locking or drawing in water to the skin. These actions are performed by occlusives and humectants, respectively.