PEG-100 Stearate

This surfactant is more specifically classified as an emulsifier that produces oil-in-water emulsions. PEG-100 stearate can also be used as a cleansing agent.
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PEG-100 Stearate

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PEG-100 stearate is a synthetically produced ethoxylate of stearic acid. This means it contains many water-loving segments along with a medium-length carbon chain, which makes it a surfactant.

This surfactant is more specifically classified as an emulsifier that produces oil-in-water emulsions. Generally, it is combined with more oil-loving emulsifiers, such as glyceryl stearate, to produce very stable, lightweight lotions and creams.

Occasionally, PEG-100 stearate can be used as a cleansing agent due to its chemical structure, and it is used alongside more traditional cleansers, like anionic surfactants. This ingredient is supplied as on off-white pellet or flake.