Glyceryl Stearate SE is a mild, food grade vegetable emulsifier that also softens the skin and hair. It is largely used in baking preparations to add body to food.
It is used in chewing gum, ice cream, milk products, chocolates and other foods. It is responsible for giving ice cream and whipped cream its smooth texture. It is made from vegetable oils such as Coconut oil.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG's) Skin Deep is the world's largest personal care product safety guide. They rate ingredients according to their hazard score on a 0-10 scale from low to high hazard. For example, they give water a score of 0.
Accordingly they have rated Glyceryl Stearate SE with a score of 0.