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Tribehenin

Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

What is it?

Tribehenin, C69H134O6, is composed of glycerin and behenic acid, a naturally-occurring long-chain fatty acid. Tribehenin is a glyceryl triester prepared from glycerin and the a fatty acid. In cosmetics, it is used as skin-conditioning agent to provide occlusive and emollient properties. It can also be used for other purposes such as make-up, suntan lotion, and deodorant.[1]

[1] EWG's Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. Accessed February 14, 2015 at http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/706608/TRIBEHENIN/

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