Glyceryl Stearate SE is a non-ionic emulsifier, stabilizer, with excellent skin compatibility. It is monoester of stearic acid and glycerin, with the addition of a small amount of Potassium or Sodium Stearate to make it Self Emulsifying (“SE”). It has an HLB value of 5.8, which makes it suitable to prepare Oil in Water (O/W) emulsions.
Glyceryl Stearate SE is produced by reacting an excess of stearic acid with glycerin. The excess stearic acid is then reacted with potassium and/or sodium hydroxide yielding a product that contains Glyceryl Stearate as well as potassium stearate and/or sodium stearate.
It can be used as emulsifier, co-emulsifier (i.e. associated to another emulsifier), and also acts as a stabilizer and thickener for O/W emulsions.
It is used in many natural / natural origin / organic formulations when made from natural / natural origin / organic raw materials.