Cetearyl Alcohol


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What is cetearyl alcohol?

Cetearyl alcohol, also known as cetostearyl alcohol, is a white, waxy solid made up of a combination of cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol. Our cetearyl alcohol is 70% stearyl alcohol and 30% cetyl alcohol.

Cetearyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol which helps to trap water and leave the skin and hair feeling smoother. It is not the same as other alcohols like ethyl or rubbing alcohol, which can cause irritation. 

It is made from cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol which are both fatty alcohols. This is why it is also known as cetostearyl alcohol. Both cetyl and stearyl alcohol are usually made from palm oil and coconut oil.

It is normally used at concentrations of 1-25% in cosmetic products and can be added into the oil phase of your recipe.

Cetearyl alcohol acts as an emulsifier and stabiliser, but it isn't an emulsifier. Don't try to use it as an emulsifying wax, it won't work!

Is cetearyl alcohol good for skin?

Cetearyl alcohol is commonly used in many skin care products like body lotions and creams. It stabilizes products and improves the texture, making it smoother and thicker. 

It's also suitable for use on all skin types including, sensitive skin, acne prone skin and dry skin.

It is commonly found in skincare products like moisturisers, creams and lotions. It has emollient properties, as it helps moisturise and soften the skin, but it also locks in the moisture. 

It adds a wonderful, thick and creamy skin feel to personal care products. The finished cosmetic products feel lighter than a product thickened with wax.

Is cetearyl alcohol good for hair?

Cetearyl alcohol is also great in hair products, as it helps to moisturise, hydrate, and soften hair. It is commonly used in hair conditioners to help thicken the product and add moisture to the hair. 

It is used in cosmetic products for its conditioning, detangling and also anti-frizz properties.