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Cosmetics Ingredients
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Cosmetics Ingredients


CAS Number 1194682-64-8
Chem/IUPAC Name: Glycolipids
EINECS/ELINCS No: 808-310-5
COSING REF No: 56458
Glycolipids are a type of surfactant and emollient that are used in cosmetics to aid cleansing and hydrating. They typically consist of fat (lipid) and sugar (monosaccharide). Glycolipids are a great alternative to common surfactants used in the cosmetic industry as they are a special type of biosurfactant that is not only more efficient in performance but also natural and has an excellent sustainability profile. Further, this ingredient has foaming properties that make gentle cleansing more efficient. Glycolipids are largely safe for use as well.

What is GLYCOLIPIDS used for?

Glycolipids play various crucial roles in cosmetics due to their unique properties. They act as emollients, enhancing skin hydration and smoothness while providing a protective barrier against moisture loss. Additionally, Glycolipids function as surfactants, aiding in the dispersion of oils and water in cosmetic formulations, thus improving stability and texture. Their emulsifying properties make them valuable in creams, lotions, and makeup products. Moreover, Glycolipids possess mild cleansing properties, making them suitable for gentle cleansers and makeup removers. Their compatibility with the skin's natural lipid barrier makes them ideal for skincare products, contributing to overall skin health and vitality.


Cosmetic grade Glycolipids are typically produced through synthetic methods in controlled laboratory environments. These processes involve the chemical synthesis of lipid and sugar components, followed by their conjugation to create glycolipid molecules. The synthesized Glycolipids are then purified to remove any impurities and ensure product quality and safety.

What does GLYCOLIPIDS do in a formulation?

  • Cleansing
  • Emollient
  • Emulsifying
  • Humectant
  • Moisturising
  • Skin conditioning

Safety profile

Glycolipids used in cosmetics are generally considered safe for topical application. They have a low potential for skin irritation and sensitization due to their compatibility with the skin's lipid barrier. Dermatological studies have shown them to be well-tolerated even by sensitive skin types. Additionally, Glycolipids are safe for the environment.

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Technical profile

Property Values
Solubility Practically insoluble in water
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