What Is It?

Glucose is a simple sugar used as the source of energy by living cells. It is produced by plants as one of the main products of photosynthesis. Glucose is available as a white substance, a solid crystal or an aqueous solution. In cosmetics and personal care products, Glucose may be used in the formulation of bath products, cleansing products, eye makeup, skin care products, makeup and hair care products.

Why Is It Used?

Glucose functions as a flavoring agent, humectant, skin-conditioning agent – humectant and as a skin-conditioning agent – miscellaneous.

Scientific Facts

Glucose is produced commercially by the enzymatic hydrolysis of starch. The starch may be obtained from many types of plants including corn, rice, wheat, potato, cassava, arrowroot and sago. Corn starch is the most common source of Glucose in the United States.

Safety Information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permits Glucose syrup and dried Glucose syrup to be used as sweeteners in food.

FDA: Link to Code of Federal Regulations for Glucose:

In its review of High Production Volume (HPV) chemicals, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided that Glucose was not a candidate for testing under the HPV Challenge Program. The EPA review concluded that additional data would not further our understanding of the properties of Glucose.

Link to EPA HPV program:

Glucose may be used in cosmetics and personal care products marketed in Europe according to the general provisions of the Cosmetics Regulation of the European Union.

Link to the EU Cosmetic Regulation:


Find out more about the regulation of Food Additives by the Food and Drug Administration

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Substances Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS):

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EU Cosmetics Inventory