Olivem® 1000


What does this mean?

Inci:  Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate.

An emulsifier that also moisturises, made from olives and RSPO certified palm oil. 100% natural and easy to use in a wide range of skin care, hair care and baby products


Solid ivory white, waxy flakes with a very faint odour made from 100% plant materials. The fatty acids are taken from olives and are chemically very similar to the skin’s natural lipids.

It creates an Oil in Water (O/W) emulsion. When the emulsion is formed, it creates a liquid crystal structure that mimics the stratum corneum of the epidermis. This means the resulting emulsion penetrates the skin very easily.

As such, it can be classified as a moisturiser, as well as an emulsifier.

This non-ionic emulsifier is listed as 100% natural origin. It is PEG Free, not ethoxylated and readily biodegradable.



Use 3% to 5% as the sole emulsifier, but can be used at higher percentages with excellent results. It is more stable if 0.2% Xanthan Gum is added as a stabiliser to the emulsion.

Use 0.5% to 2% when used as a co-emulsifier.

Oil and water dispersible. It is heat stable, so can be used in Stage 1 (fat stage) and Stage 2 (water stage) when making creams and lotions. It melts at approximately 70°C.

It needs to be heated in either stage to 75°C or above to melt and disperse in the oils or water. Add the Stage 1 (fat stage) to the Stage 2 (water stage) and stir with a silicon spatula to ensure it is evenly dispersed. Stick blend for 30 seconds, keeping the blender at the bottom of the container. Let it stand for 1 minute, and then stick blend again for a further 30 seconds.

Once the emulsion has formed, it can be cooled in a cold water bath as the liquid crystal structure forms. Stir continuously while cooling. You may find it thickens up a little more in the following 24 hours after it has been put into the containers.

It works well in a wide pH range of 3 to 12 and is compatible with electrolytes like AHA and DHA.


Suggested Blends

It works well with Cosmetic Prebiotic for use in acne prone products and other active ingredients for anti-ageing products. The protective, cushioned feel it gives is especially useful.





Cosmetic Functions:

The individual materials that make up Olivem® 1000 are listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing)



Skin Care

  • Olivem® 1000 mimics the natural sebum found in our skin, which means it is easily absorbed into the skin and provides long-lasting hydration by slowing down TransEpidermal Water Loss (TEWL). In turn, this maintains the integrity of the skin barrier function, protecting the skin from external irritants and aggressors.
  • The liquid crystal structure that the emulsion forms reflects light like microscopic mirrors. This gives a good luminescence to the skin which makes it look brighter, younger, and healthier.
  • Because the lamellar structure that is formed in the emulsion keeps the skin hydrated for many hours, it has been noted that the skin can become less reactive. With sustainable long term hydration, the integrity of the skin is better protected and sensitive skin is protected and calmed.
  • The emulsions that are formed are light and feel very elegant on the skin. They are not sticky and leave the skin feeling very cushioned, nurtured and protected.
  • Oils that contain a natural level of SPF have always been difficult to use effectively in emulsions. The liquid crystal structure formed by this emulsifier allows for a good homogenous dispersion of the UV filters. The finished product should still not be used as a guaranteed SPF product, just as a support to daily SPF protection
  • Creams and lotions made with this emulsifier preserve the skin’s microbiota. This can be enhanced for problem skin products by including Cosmetic Prebiotic as well.
  • As it is self emulsifying, a balm can be made with no water (anhydrous) that can be worked onto the skin as a cleanser. This will self emulsify when in contact with water and will rinse clean away, leaving the skin feeling clean, soft and protected.
  • It is so versatile, it can be used in day creams, night creams, serums, oil free moisturisers, gels, body lotions, barrier creams and baby products / sensitive skin. As it is stable to electrolytes, it can also be used in self tanning lotions.


Hair Care

  • It works well in hair conditioners and intensive hair treatments. It is even more effective if cationic materials (like Honey Moisturiser) are included for enhanced conditioning effect.


Click on the links below to be directed to recipes featuring Olivem® 1000.

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11 July 2022
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I recommend this product

Lovely product

One of my favourite natural emulsifiers

11 July 2022

Aromantic UK

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30 May 2022
Jim G.
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I recommend this product

Looks good

Looks good, I haven’t used it yet but I have been experimenting with different ingredients since 1983 so I can see how useful this product could be

31 May 2022

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