Glyceryl Stearate SE

An emulsifier, where the SE stands for self-emulsifying. Emulsions containing glyceryl stearate SE often impart a smooth, velvety feel upon the skin.
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Glyceryl Stearate SE

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Glyceryl stearate SE is an emulsifying ingredient where the SE stands for self-emulsifying. The self-emulsifying term can be misleading, as this ingredient will normally require additional supporting emulsifiers in order to produce a stable product.

Glyceryl stearate SE can be used with other oil-soluble emulsifiers to form water-in-oil emulsions, or it can be used as a co-emulsifier alongside more water-loving emulsifiers, like ceteareth-25, to produce oil-in-water emulsions. Emulsions containing glyceryl stearate SE often impart a smooth, velvety feel upon application to the skin, but this can vary depending on the other ingredients in the product.

This ingredient is normally supplied as an off-white flake and typically melts around 55°C.