Cetearyl Alcohol (Cetostearyl Alcohol)
Also known as Cetostearyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol or cetylstearyl alcohol
Description: Cetearyl Alcohol is a mixture of cetyl and stearyl alcohols that can be derived naturally or synthetically. It is a white, waxy solid. It acts as an emollient, texture enhancer, foam stabilizer.
All-purpose thickening agent. NF grade, 95% active components. Composed of fatty alcohols, 50:50 ratio. White flakes or pastilles, mild characteristic odor. Not soluble in water. Partially soluble in alcohol. (creates oil-in-water emulsions but only to a limited degree)
- Non-gelling thickener, viscosity and consistency enhancer
- Works also in water-free products like lipsticks
- Acts as co-emulsifier at concentrations under 2%
- Has emollient, moisturizing, and foam boosting properties
Use: Surfactants, hair shampoos, conditioners, body washes, makeup products.
Application: Melt before use (54°C/129°F) or add to hot water phase. Usual concentration 0.5-10%. For external use only.
Ingredients: Cetearyl alcohol
Interesting Facts: Cetearyl alcohol is a mixture of the fatty alcohols cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol which are made by catalytic hydrogenation of the triglycerides obtained from vegetable and coconut oils and followed by oxidation of a chain growth product of ethylene oligomerized on a triethylaluminum catalyst.