Dipentaerythrityl Tetrabehenate/Polyhydroxystearate at a Glance
- Made by combining two fatty acids and a humectant
- May be plant-derived or synthetic
- Binds moisture to skin
- Enhances application of skin care due to its slip-modifying properties
Dipentaerythrityl Tetrabehenate/Polyhydroxystearate Description
Dipentaerythrityl tetrabehenate/polyhydroxystearate is an ester made by combining the fatty acids behenic and polyhydroxystearic with a portion of a synthetic humectant ingredient known as pentaerythritol. This combination yields an ingredient that adds substantivity to skin care, helps bind moisture, and improves application.
Behenic acid is a component of skin’s sebum (oil) while polyhydroxystearic acid has texture-enhancing and ingredient-dispersing properties to contribute.
This odorless, tasteless ingredient is sometimes used as a replacement for animal-derived lanolin in lipsticks and lip glosses, where its typical usage level ranges from 5–10% depending on desired aesthetics. Lower amounts may also be used, again depending on aesthetics and performance standards around moisture.
Dipentaerythrityl Tetrabehenate/Polyhydroxystearate References
British Journal of Dermatology, February 2012, pages 279–287
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