Also know as 1-hexadecanol and palmityl alcohol
Description: All-purpose thickening alcohol, derived from vegetable oils, > 95%, composed of fatty alcohols. White flakes, no or faint odor. Soluble in diethyl ether & acetone, slightly soluble in alcohol. Insoluble in cold water. Partially solubility in hot water.
Cetyl Alcohol is a saturated linear chain cetyl alcohol that can enhance the stability and texture of creams and lotions. In doing so, they present a smooth, dense appearance to these formulations and improve their feel on the skin. It is a mild, non-toxic and non-irritating waxy material with a typical sweet odor. It is light resistant and stable in the presence of acids or alkali, as well as stable to oxidation.
Why People Use This Product: To thicken and texture lotions and creams.
Solubility: Soluble in Oil and Acetone. Insoluble in Water
- Non-gelling thickener and viscosity enhancer (also in water-free products like lipsticks)
- Has co-emulsifying properties if concentration is higher than 5 %
- Has mild emollient and moisturizing properties
- Can boost foam when together with surfactants
Use: Lotions, creams, hair conditioners, makeup products.
Application: Add to hot oil phase to melt for proper use (54°C/129°F), usual concentration 0.5-6%. For external use only.
Ingredients: Cetyl Alcohol
Interesting Facts: Cetyl alcohol is made by catalytic hydrogenation of the triglycerides obtained from palm kernel oil and followed by oxidation of a chain growth product of ethylene oligomerized on a triethylaluminum catalyst.