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Excipient (pharmacologically inactive substance)

Medically reviewed by Last updated on July 6, 2020.

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

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