Cetearyl Olivate

What is it?

Cetearyl olivate is an ester of the fatty acids from olive oil with ceatearyl alcohol,  a naturally derived emulsifying wax, produced from a mixture of fatty alcohols. It is used in emollients, thickeners, and emulsion stabilizers.

What does it do?

Cetearyl olivate is an emulsifier, which keeps ingredients from separating.

It is a nonionic emulsifier that helps blend ingredients together in cosmetic solutions, usually ones with moisturizing properties. It helps soften the skin and hair, and gives products a smooth and luxurious feel. It's most often used in conjunction with sorbitan olivate and a common ingredient in personal care products such as facial moisturizers, sunscreens and lotions.

How is it made?

Our Stewardship Model guides us to select ingredients which have been processed in a manner that supports our philosophy of human and environmental health.

Olive oil is saponified and split to create the free fatty acids from its triglycerides. The olive oil fatty acids are combined with cetearyl alcohol in a process called esterification to form the ceatearyl olivate ester.

What are the alternatives?

Cetearyl olivate is an alternative to the ethoxylated emulsifiers which would not meet the standards of our Stewardship Model.

Is this the right option for me?

Tom’s of Maine recognizes that no two people are alike, and even with naturally derived ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.