What is Polyglycerol Oleate (PGO) and How is it Made?

Polyglycerol oleate (PGO) is an emulsifier

derived from a mixture of polyglycerol and oleic acid, both of which come from natural sources. PGO is commonly used in food products such as baked goods, margarine, and ice cream to improve texture, stability, and shelf life. It is also used in cosmetic products such as lotions and creams to stabilize emulsions and improve texture.


What is Polyglycerol

Polyglycerol is a polymer made up of glycerol molecules and can be derived from various natural sources.

What is Oleic acid?

Oleic acid is a fatty acid that is commonly found in natural sources.

What are the NATURAL sources?

Is PGO Safe for Use in Food and Cosmetic Products?

Yes, PGO is considered safe for use in food and cosmetic products by regulatory bodies such as the FDA and the EU’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS). However, it can cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some people, especially in high concentrations. It’s important to carefully research and consider the safety and potential risks before use.

Why use PGO in a Family Bug Spray?

As an inert ingredient, PGO is not intended to have any pesticidal activity, but rather to act as a carrier for the active ingredients in the product.

Are there benefits of using Polyglcerol Oleate on the skin?


Moisturizing: Polyglycerol oleate is a humectant, which means it can help to attract and retain moisture in the skin. This can help to improve skin hydration and prevent dryness and flakiness.

Softening: Polyglycerol oleate can help to soften and smooth the skin’s texture, making it feel more supple and elastic.

Emollient: Polyglycerol oleate can help to form a protective barrier on the skin, which can help to prevent moisture loss and protect the skin from environmental stressors.

Gentle: Polyglycerol oleate is a mild ingredient that is well-tolerated by most skin types, including sensitive skin.

Non-comedogenic: Polyglycerol oleate is non-comedogenic, meaning it is unlikely to clog pores and cause breakouts.

What does polyglycerol oleate look like?

Generally, polyglycerol oleate is a yellowish to amber-colored liquid with a slightly viscous texture. It is soluble in oils and fats but insoluble in water.

A beaker full of pale yellow liquid, polyglycerol oleate. Used as a natural stabilizer in Minus Bite products.

Learn more about Polyglycerol Oleate

"Polyglyceryl Oleate: A Natural Emulsifier with Unique Performance Characteristics"

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