Steareth-21

EWG level: 3

This is a synthetic surfactant composed of polyethylene glycol polymer and stearyl alcohol. The Steareth ingredients (Steareth-3, Steareth-5, Steareth-8, Steareth-14, Steareth-16, Steareth-21, Steareth-25, Steareth-27, Steareth-30, Steareth-40, Steareth-50, Steareth-80, Steareth-100, Steareth-200) are polyethylene glycol ethers of stearic acid. They are waxy compounds. In cosmetics and personal care products, Steareth ingredients are used in the formulation of a wide variety of cosmetics and personal care products including makeup, lotions, personal cleanliness products and deodorants, as well as suntan, fragrance, skin, eye and hair care products. Its functions are: Surfactant – Cleansing Agent; Surfactant – Emulsifying Agent; Surfactant – Solubilizing Agent

“Designated as safe for general or specific, limited use in food” (FDA Food Additive Status)

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