|What is it?||Glyceryl Stearate SE is made from vegetable glycerin and stearic acid, with a small amount of sodium stearate or potassium stearate present as the emulsifying element.
Glyceryl Stearate SE is absolutely not the same as Glyceryl Stearate (and) PEG-100 Stearate and they are not interchangeable.
|INCI||Glyceryl Stearate SE|
|Appearance||Flat white flakes or small white granules|
|Approximate Melting Point||55°C (130°F)|
|Why do we use it in formulations?||Glyceryl Stearate SE is an emulsifier and is used to bring together oil and water.|
|Do you need it?||No|
|Refined or unrefined?||Glyceryl Stearate SE only exists as a refined product.|
|Strengths||Glyceryl Stearate SE has the potential to be palm free, depending on the sources for the glycerin and stearic acid (both can come from palm oil but don’t have to).|
|Weaknesses||I find it needs more stabilizing ingredients than emulsifying waxes like Polawax and Olivem 1000.|
|Alternatives & Substitutions||Polawax works well; you could likely use most complete emulsifying waxes as an alternative to Glyceryl Stearate SE.|
|How to Work with It||Include Glyceryl Stearate SE in the heated oil phase of your formulations.|
|Storage & Shelf Life||Stored somewhere cool, dark, and dry,|
|Tips, Tricks, and Quirks||Glyceryl Stearate SE is not the same thing as Glyceryl Stearate and they should not be used for one another.|
|Recommended starter amount||100g (3.5oz)|
|Where to Buy it||Buy it from an online DIY ingredient supplier or Amazon.|