What it is
Glycol Stearate, the ester of Stearic Acid and Ethylene Glycol, is a waxy solid.
What it does
Glycol Stearate is an emollient: it gives skin a smooth and soft appearance. In addition, it is used in shampoos, soaps and other cosmetics and personal care products to give them a pearly or opalescent appearance.
In addition, Glycol Stearate is also used as a thickening agent.
Glycol Stearate is generally considered safe in the concentrations currently used in cosmetics and personal care products.