Glyceryl Monostearate (GMS)
Ingredient Name: Glyceryl Monostearate (GMS)
What is it? Glyceryl monostearate is an organic molecule formed from glycerol and stearic acid. It's often found in holistic creams and lotions because of its powerful ability to deeply restore moisture. GMS is also a very effective emulsifier, helping to unite both the water- and oil-based ingredients.*
- Hydrates skin
- Aids emulsification
*= This information has not been approved by the FDA.
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