Polyglyceryl-4 olivate is the plant-derived or synthetic (Paula’s Choice uses the former) ester of olive oil and polyglycerine, which is, as the name implies, a polymer made from glycerine. It’s a multitalented ingredient that in cosmetics can work as an emulsifier, stabiliser, emollient, and even a surfactant (cleansing agent).
Polyglyceryl-4 olivate is considered non-sensitising and is safe for use in cosmetics. The olive oil portion is a good source of beneficial fatty acids and phenolic compounds which work as antioxidants.
References for this information:
International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Volume 19, Issue 1, December 2017, ePublication
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